Six Months Of Being Self-Employed

Six Months Of Being Self-EmployedMy last day at my day job was in the beginning of October of 2013, so it has officially been 6 months since I made the life-changing switch to self-employment.

Can you believe that?

It does not feel like it’s been six months at all.

I still remember when I first told my employer that I was leaving. I was dreading the day. I was extremely nervous about what they would say, and I kept saying to myself “Six months from now all of this will be long forgotten.”

Well, that day has finally come! I can say that I have no regret from the decision that I made, and I’m so glad that I left my day job.

Self-employment has been going very well. I won’t lie though, I thought I would be able to increase my business income more. My income is still at the same level as when I had my day job, which is crazy to think about since I have so much more time to dedicate to work.

I guess I’m just enjoying myself a lot more these days! Nothing wrong with that, right?

Below is my update after being self-employed for six months.

 

Not being in an office hasn’t fazed me yet.

I still get the “I would be so lonely working at home” line all the time, but I actually prefer it this way. I don’t feel lonely at all! I know others feel differently, but I like being in the comfort of my home and spending time (probably too much time) with my fur children.

Like I said last time – At my day job, I worked in an office, but I still worked independently. I worked in an industry filled with older men (everyone was at least twice my age, but most were three times my age), so it’s not like I was being swarmed with office friends and conversations every single day.

 

I’m getting better at putting on “real” clothes.

I now have a rule where I have to put on real clothes after I eat breakfast. Nothing fancy, I usually just put on workout clothes even if I don’t plan on working out! Haha.

This has led me to save money as well. My closet is the emptiest it’s been in a while, mainly because I don’t really need a lot of clothes now since I’m always at home.

 

I still enjoy what I’m doing.

When I was in the process of making the switch to self-employment, many people told me that I would probably not enjoy the business anymore since it would no longer be a hobby. Well, they were wrong!

It’s been 6 months and I’m still as motivated and happy about everything that has happened since Day 1.

I don’t think there’s a single thing that I could say I don’t enjoy. Everything is going very well.

I wake up each morning more motivated than the previous morning. I don’t have “weekend dread,” and I also enjoy the community that I am in.

 

I do need to start working harder.Ā 

I am definitely still spending way too much time relaxing.

And I’m spending too much time planning the wedding. It is crazy to think that I have been planning something for almost a year and the actual wedding day will be less than 8 hours long. AHH What was I thinking?

This is probably why people think brides are insane.

Once the wedding is over, I will have no more excuses. I have a long list of things that I would like to tackle before the summer is over.

 

What else do you want to know about my four months being self-employed?

How is self-employment treating you?

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Comments

Six Months Of Being Self-Employed — 16 Comments

  1. Hey Michelle,

    Congrats on the milestone, do you find you are financially comfortable enough not to be that concerned about working harder? (if you don’t mind me asking)..

    Also it seems quite hard to tweet your articles, any suggestions on this, I’m using IE (Internet Explorer) at the moment

    • Hmm do you ever have problems tweeting articles on other blogs? I didn’t even know that people still used IE šŸ™‚

      • I find it is with only certain types of sharing social media posts..

        I’ll use Chrome for your next post and see how I go.. Yes although I am a Gen Y, I am somewhat loyal šŸ˜‰ (sometimes haha)

  2. That’s one of the problems when working at home and being self employed. You are your own boss and focusing when to work becomes a problem. For my case that is. I congratulate you on your guts to quit being an employee and working for your self. Now your on the road to financial independence and will get lots of retirement options. Do you have pets at home?

  3. Nice work Michelle. You are truly an inspiration for me. I really hope to be self employed one day too. I also understand how obnoxious wedding planning is.. I definitely think you will be able to dedicate more energy towards your business once that is over. How do you plan on growing your business?

    • Thanks Liz! And I plan on growing my business by doing many things – focusing more time towards all of my different services, adding new services, doing more things that involve affiliate income, possibly an ebook, and more šŸ™‚

  4. I’ve been working for myself for over a year… although it seems like a lot longer. I didn’t have a sudden transition like you did, Michelle. I was traveling and started making money online out of necessity (freelance writing) and eventually I began to make money with my blogs. .

    I’m looking to move forward into finance blogging as it’s something that really interests me so I just wanted to stop by and say I love what you’re doing.

  5. I think since you are so new to this whole self employment thing, there is no harm at all in relaxing a bit. You do work hard, and after your wedding is over and done with you can step it up a notch (if you want to!). You are doing just fine at the level you are working at currently, though. Life is for enjoying. Don’t work it away!

    Congrats on passing six months; that is a huge milestone!

  6. You are a freakin’ inspiration, Michelle. Seriously, I love reading your self-employment posts. It gives me a boost of energy. I keep telling myself how much better off I’ll be 6 months from this point. This is the hard part, right? Just establish myself and my routine and I’ll be golden.

    But I will admit to enjoy wearing yoga pants and working from my bedroom! Best perks ever.

  7. I love your websites and the insight into your personal journey to becoming self-employed. I’m working on that right now. I have one free-lance ongoing job that brings in some money. I am now starting to figure out how to make more money so I never need to get a “real” job again. I have lots of skills in design, wordpress, writing/editing so I think I have a lot to offer as a VA. I gain inspiration from your posts. thank you!

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