Some Oh-So-Great things about being self-employed…
After writing the not so up-beat, Some home truths about being self-employed, I thought it would be nice to share some of the truly great things about being self-employed.
1. Music & Viewing Freedom*
Want to blast some Britney? Have Seinfield or Buffy on constant replay in the background? Knock yourself out.
Someone on twitter pointed this out as a negative, but personally it was a big plus for me. I worked from home for the first 12 months, and being able to make your lunch whenever you wanted was so easy. No more trying to get to cafe’s and back in under 30 minutes. Even now that I have an office, its still better with no set lunch time or length, I have the freedom to do as I please.
3. 9-5 Lock Out
For anyone that’s worked outside of a built-up area you will sympathise with me on this. You can visit the Post Office, Bank, VicRoads, take house inspections etc. without having to take a day off work.
4. Work Where You Want
Like today, I decided this morning I would work from home. So I’m currently writing this whilst surrounded by pillows and tea.
5. Climate Control
Some people feel the cold, and some people feel the heat. We’re all just different in that respect, and jamming a bunch of people into the same space and expecting them to all get along when there is easy access to the air con switch just isn’t happening.
6. Office Politics
Carrying on from Number 5, I will never miss office politics…. ever.
7. Day Off
You can take them (work pending) whenever your heart desires. This includes swapping days around, so when you know its going to pour rain on Saturday, work then, and take the Monday.
8. Do It Your Way
Many workplaces and studios have processes and formulas that need to be followed, and they traditionally get more complex the bigger the workplace. They’re not all great and can be frustrating when all you want to do is design. When you’re the boss you get to instigate your own processes (you’ll probably end up using some you’ve experienced before) including organising your work folders the exact way you want.
You will learn so much in the first 12 months of running your own business then you even thought possible. I don’t know what it is, but every time I reconcile my accounts I feel completely proud.
10. No More Peak-Hour
Yes you will end up working roughly 9-5, but you can alter it a touch. Personally I like to work 10-6, and this is purely based on sleeping in that little bit extra, and missing the worst parts of peak-hour. The start to my day is already a thousand times better by the time I get to the office then it ever has been.
11. Decide on Your Office Location
For the first time ever I’ve been able to choose where I work. I searched for an office in the specific area I wanted and found one. Its near lots of other designers, great restaurants and bars, and less then half an hour away on public transport.
12. You Choose Your Clients
Whilst at the start you will probably be saying Yes to everything, eventually you will also be able to say No. Work that you have no interest in doing, or in your gut you know just isn’t going to be great for whatever reason, you no longer have to do.
13. Taking Design Risks
I can’t possibly count the number of times I was told something was too modern, or the client wouldn’t get it, and have concepts completely brushed away. Now, I can push even harder by communicating with my clients to make sure we’re on the same track and the best possible work gets through every time.
14. Pants Optional
Whilst I don’t really recommend wearing your PJs and slippers all day everyday, (however in winter it is understandable), for those of you that choose to work from home this is definitely an option, and I’m not going to lie, its a great one. No more time wasted on make-up, hair gel application and choosing a snazzy outfit, just put on something comfortable and get to work.
Note: If you’re going to do the all day PJ thing, make sure its on a day you’re not expecting deliveries at home, at this point my postman assumes I’m a professional sleeper.
15. You’re the Boss.