Whatever your reasons were, you chose to do it for what suited you and not someone else, especially if you’re a hard grafter! Why should you not be making the money for yourself rather than for someone else.
However being the super hard worker that you are, also has its downside. How do you switch off from work? How do you stop and take a break, let alone a holiday? How do you manage your day without it running into your whole evening, till you end up going to bed far later than you planned. After all this is your business and only you at the reigns.
If anyone were to look at a complete breakdown of what you do in a day or a job description, do you think it would sound very appealing? I know what I’d be thinking..
Wow I’m never going to get all that done in one day!
You’re hourly rate works out at how much?
No holiday or sick pay?
Breaks – if youre lucky
Saturdays, Sundays and evenings?
You might not get a wage if your customer or clients don’t come in
No chance of promotion
Not much chance of a bonus
Be available AAT (at any time)
I’m not sure I would be sold on this! You certainly get plenty of variety if nothing else. You end with lots of new job roles without even having to apply for the jobs! How exciting is that? well sometimes!
Often these new roles are self taught, muddled together from some online help, various youtube videos or advice from ‘Lynne’ who has “done it like for the past 10 years and its always worked for her”. Shear grit, determination and no other option are what get you to learn what is needed.
In a typical day you can be PA, Receptionist, Social Media Specialist, Head of Facilities, Writer, Project Manager, Procurement, Teacher, Councillor, Payroll Officer, Marketing Manager, Retail Manager, IT Manager, Mentor, Accounts Manager, Business Development Manager, Photographer, CEO and Director! That’s just at work, when you get home you then slide straight into Mother, Wife, Friend, Cleaner, Chef and the rest! Phew you’re definitely busy.
Having a small business means you are courageous, brave, driven, determined, optimistic, positive, hard working, brilliant, creative, enthusiastic, fabulous, innovative and strong willed. There are not many people who against all these odds take on this mighty role and you need to be proud every day of how far you have come. Appreciate just what it takes to be this person and this business as you are your business.
Your many job roles, hidden talents and endless hours often go hidden into the background of whats actually on show. With no bosses or managers giving you any accolades or encouragement for all your hard work. So give yourself the recognition and the pat on the back and say well done for coming this far. You do it for the love and passion of what you believe in and what you ultimately want to give to others.
Yes it might seem on certain days it would be easier to tick that box of being ‘employed’ but would you get those same heartfelt moments? Providing that personalised service for your customers or clients or of what you have achieved in building your own business, I know I wouldn’t.