Hey everyone. Yesterday, I announced on Making Sense of Cents that I finally left my job. I didn’t just leave my job yesterday, my last day was a little over 10 days ago.
It’s a little hard to judge my progress so far, since last week was FinCon and I did not get much done. However, I’m going to do an update anyways!
Many people have told me that they are preparing for the switch as well, and that they are wondering if I could do periodic updates on how the switch to full-time self-employment is doing.
Yes, I do realize that it has only been a little over one week, but I do think that you do learn a lot about yourself in that first month of self-employment.
I’m spending more money because… Well, I don’t know why!
Last night, we sat down and went through our recent transactions. We realized that we are spending much more than we usually do. This is due to a mixture of reasons, such as spending more money on fixing up the house (touching up paint and replacing things that we think we don’t like), and also spending more money on food.
We decided last night that we will be on a spending freeze. We will of course still take our upcoming trips, and also hang out with friends and family. We just won’t be going up to Target and Lowes every single day to buy random things.
I’m surprisingly not eating more.
One thing that I was afraid of when working at home would be that I would be eating everything and procrastinating doing work by eating. Well, that hasn’t been a problem at all surprisingly!
I’m sleeping, A LOT.
I’m going to blame this on the past several years where I was only receiving around 4 to 5 hours of sleep each night. My body is forcing me to make up for all of those years. I have been setting an alarm for most mornings so that I can get work done earlier in the day.
I have not worked out at all.
One thing that I thought I would be doing a lot more of is working out. Nope, haven’t done that at all. What is “working out?” 😛
However, the house has been really clean.
I must be procrastinating working out by cleaning. The house has never been cleaner!
I am working more than ever.
I have started a few new contracts this month so far. However, even though I am working more, I do not think that October’s income will beat the $12K that I made in September. I do think that starting in November that I will see my monthly income increase again though.
I am in my pajamas a lot.
This is sad to admit, but I am truly in my pajamas a lot. Luckily, my pajamas aren’t too disgusting (I’m a weirdo and I like to wear nice sweaters with yoga pants as my pajamas). However, sometimes I do wear some really old pajamas that I’ve probably had for too long. If I go out, then yes I will change, but right when I get home I change back to pajamas almost immediately.
I figure if I am at home alone, or if it’s just W here, then why get dressed? W probably thinks I am crazy but oh well. Am I weird? Or do most self-employed people get dressed in the morning?
I am loving what I am doing.
I am really loving what I am doing. The passion has not decreased at all, which isn’t surprisingly since it has only been one week. However, I always see myself loving this, so I don’t see that changing at all.
What else do you want to know about my first week being self-employed? Anything up there surprise you?
How did your first week being self-employed go?
I never kept track weekly. My first weeks were hectic, I was working 14 hours/day, so I can’t recall too much except for all the work 🙂
Haha yes, it has been a hectic couple of weeks so far! 🙂
Great update, I appreciate knowing how you are doing with self-employment. Personally, I get more lazy depending on how long I have worked for myself. The great ideas you have don’t always work out and you find it a very hard push to get stuff done!
Thank you Martin! 🙂
Michelle, I cracked up through the entire read…why? Because I felt like I was reading my story! I left Corporate America last November so it has been nearly a year that I haven’t had to go into an office (with the exception of a 10-wk contract I did this Summer).
I LOVE my life! I work passionately on my business and spend a ton of time in my PJs! Like you, I thought I’d be an exercise queen; however, that has turned out to be quite the opposite. I get so engrossed in what I’m working on that I don’t get out and then I come up with some excuse like “it’s too hot now.”
As for eating…well, my “office” is just a corner of the kitchen…can you see where that’s leading?!?!?!?
I’m sure with a few tweaks we’ll both figure it out. I hope you enjoy some down time before killing it because you deserve it 🙂
Haha I’m glad others have experienced the same 🙂
Actually I think everything you are doing is a mandatory requirement of being self employed during your first week initiation. Congrats on making the switch as well!
Thank you Adam!
I was afraid that I would eat all the time too but I haven’t had that problem. I stay too busy most of the time. I also stay in my pajamas until right before Greg gets home. There usually isn’t much of a reason to get dressed!
Haha yes, there is no reason to get dressed, so why would I?
If I’m spending the day working from home, I’ll spend the whole day in my pjs (also yoga pants and sweaters) until I work out. I force myself to workout because it’s the only time I change, put in my contacts, and get some fresh air. I also wind up getting great post ideas when I’m running.
I really need to start working out. I’ve just been so busy and using that as an excuse.
I work from home, and it definitely took me a loooong while to get into a schedule! Your habits sound pretty similar to mine. I actually forget to eat when I get into a project because there’s no one around to remind me of the time! And you can tell how distracted I am by how clean my desk is ;). It sounds like you are off to a pretty good start, and great to hear that you love it. Best of luck in the coming weeks!
Hey Kristin! Thank you 🙂 It’s funny how self-employment is.
It takes awhile to get adjusted to everything so you will figure it out as you go. I need to go on a spending freeze as well. Fincon was pretty expense for me. If you have any questions about my experience as a freelancer let me know!
Thank you! We already failed and bought carpet today.
Sounds like a great first couple weeks, Michelle! I would personally be so energized working from home for a variety of reasons. If I didn’t have to drive to work I would get more sleep and I worry that my body will punish me in a few years if I try to keep up the 5-6 hours of sleep a night that I get now.
Thank you DC! Not having to drive to work and spend time getting ready is definitely a lifesaver.
I would totally wear pajama’s constantly, too, though mine are similar – yoga pants or sweatpants with a t-shirt or hoodie. Glad to hear you’re getting more sleep, sounds like you needed it! I would think I’d eat more being at home more often as well, but I suppose if you get engrossed in what you’re doing it won’t matter. Good luck on the spending freeze!
Yes, I definitely thought that I would be eating more! I haven’t been buying any easy meals lately, so I do think that if I want to eat something that it takes at least 30 minutes is a good deterrent 🙂
When I made the switch to self employment I too used to work almost the entire day and do nothing else. I am starting to get more sleep now and I think that staying well rested (and getting back some of those lost nights) is extremely important. My advice for you and anybody who starts doing this is not overwork. I did it for almost one year and the exhaustion that I was in is still showing today, almost three years after deciding to push the brakes a bit. Work smart and work just as much as you have to and it will be a lot better in the long run.
Thank you C! I have been working hard, but I am definitely enjoying life much more.
Michelle, I think it takes people a few weeks to get into their groove when switching to a new work at home job. At least your house is clean… so many people might spend a little too much time watching daytime tv. Also, I don’t know how you lived on 4 hours of sleep for so long… Glad you’re able to enjoy a bit more. 🙂
Haha thank you Tara. I’m not going to lie, I did try to turn on Jerry Springer the other day but Wes made fun of me and turned it off immediately.
Wow I can’t believe you went with 4-5 hours of sleep for that long. I am really cranky when I don’t get 8! Lol.
Yes, I really don’t know how I did it. These permanent eye bags are here to stay 🙂
So glad to find your second blog! Glad you are enjoying self-employment. 🙂
Thanks for sharing this! It’s so interesting to see how the reality of the first couple weeks didn’t match up with expectations. Hopefully soon the newness will wear off and you’ll get into great routines.
Thanks Emily! And yes, I thought it would be a little different, but it’s not too bad 🙂
First of all, your dogs are freaking adorable!
Secondly, so glad you’re getting more sleep! I would love to stay in bed a little longer each morning…
Thanks Lisa! I love them 🙂
And yes, it is nice to get more sleep. However, I do need to start setting an alarm and getting back into the swing of things.
Sounds like a great first week of being self-employed! 😛 If it were me, I would be eating ALL the time. It’s a blessing I don’t work from home, hehe! 😛
Haha yes, I thought that I would be eating a ton as well.
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Great job Michelle! I’m glad to see that you’re now self-employed and I’m so happy for you. I love the pictures of your puppies, I’m sure you’re enjoying being at home 🙂
Thank you Monica!
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That last point is the most important. Success will always follow when you love what you do! I wish I had taken that advice many years ago instead of trudging through jobs I hated.
Thank you Kyle!
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I can’t remember anymore but thank you so much for sharing this. It’s so interesting to read the experiences of others. It’s like reading a page of my life. Kudos to you and wish you all the best!
I probably would end up eating more and I’d probably wear pajamas around the house often too. It’d be different if I had clients to meet or skype calls, but if it was just me, why not be comfortable?
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Well well, congrats on finally making the switch!
I’d certainly love to see how you settle into some form of schedule…it has proved a pipe-dream for me…there seems to be distractions all over!
Working in PJ’s…you gotta love the comfort. Funny enough I tend to also sleep a lot…curious since am not making up for any super busy times!
All the best moving forward 🙂
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Today is my first day of being self-employed!! I am really nervous but excited and trying to figure out what my new routine will be. I personally don’t have anything against working pajamas but I couldn’t do it. I have to take a shower, get dressed, and do my makeup first thing in the morning to really get going. If I stayed in my pajamas I think I would just lounge around all day! Keep me posted on how self employment goes for you during the next few weeks!
Good for you!! And, yes, I would like to keep hearing about your work from home journey. It’s very inspiring for me. I’ve decided to make the switch, but I have to get things in order first. Congrats on making the switch!!
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I haven’t worked out for a long time… I really need to join a gym again and get in shape. Nice update. 🙂
Just wanted to point out…you are still contagious while you are taking meds!!!! Meds just mask/suppress symptoms, so you are still spreading germs while you are on them, you just don’t feel as miserable while doing so. This is why germs spread so much, because people will take meds and go to work/school/wherever thinking they feel fine, while spreading their virus all around!!!
Sorry, I thought I was posting on your previous post about going to FinCon while sick.
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