I was listening to a podcast the other day that said an entrepreneur will work an 80 hour week in order to avoid working a 40 hour 9 to 5 job. This made me giggle because it is so darn true.
I will be the first to say that I am so fortunate to get to sit at my kitchen island and program Instagram posts for a taco truck (new client, love them) and then take my pup for a walk. SO FORTUNATE.
The grass is always greener though and as someone who has worked a 9 to 5 for two years and since been an entrepreneur for one year, I figured I’d post about the ups and the downs!
The Ups of Being Your Own Boss
- Schedule! While there are nights I work late, I love that I can talk a day off whenever. I can drive to help a friend move, I can go take my dog to the vet, heck… I can do laundry! I also can start my day at 7am in my PJs, which as a morning person, I love!
- Client relationships. I can handle them how I want. In my old job I had to report and listen to how the company would like me to manage relationships. I am thankful for my experiences there but I am glad get to handle people in my own way.
- I work in my passion. I love being creative. I love creating content for this blog and my social media channels. I now do that for businesses too. Woah.
The Downs to Being Your Own Boss
- There is no one to report to. This may sound like a plus but I had a great relationship with my old boss. If I came across a struggle, he was always there to help me. He was also there to kick me into shape when I was slacking. (Side note: If you know any good mentors, I am on the prowl)
- Distractions matter. This can differ from job to job but as an entrepreneur, my distractions matter. If I get lost watching instagram stories for 30 mins, that’s 30 mins of productivity lost. In my old job, that did not effect my bottom line (cash flow) like it does as an entrepreneur.
- Taking work home. When I used to leave the office, my brain would shut off about work. Now, it’s always running. Plus I work in social media and we all know that never sleeps lol.
- Sick days and snow days are still work days. Womp womp.
- Paying taxes and saving for retirement becomes your responsibility.
The question I get most about having my own business is, how do I stay motivated? How do I not nap everyday? Lol, I nap if I absolutely need to (maybe like once a month) but I work as hard and often as I do because my husband believes in me. He once told me he thought I’d make more money than him. This is laughable to me but it keeps me going. I want to make him proud and I want to help my clients grow. Plus I feel like its part of the path God has me on. I’m not trying to nap that away.
If you are thinking about being your own boss and have questions, let me know! I am happy to help in anyway I can!