Here is my update after being self-employed for four months. I have learned a lot, but I know that I am still a youngin’ in the self-employment world.
I don’t mind working independently.
One thing that nearly every single person I talk to about my self-employment is how lonely I must be working from home. I almost have to laugh every single time because I definitely talked to even fewer people when I worked at my day job.
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 every day.
Working from home is great, and I don’t mind being by myself. I see my friends often, Wes more than ever, and I get to see other people more as well.
Yup, I still wear my pajamas all the time.
Occasionally, I will change into “real” clothes, but usually that is only to change into workout clothes. Or when I need to go somewhere.
However, if I’m going to just be at home all day I see no reason to wear anything else besides yoga pants and a sweatshirt. I still put on makeup and do my hair though.
EDIT: I just showed Wes that image and he thought it was funny, but he thinks I should change out of my pajamas by noon each day. LOL like that’s going to happen…
It is actually great to wake up in the morning.
I look forward to waking up in the morning and working. I also look forward to the workweek. Before, I would absolutely dread Saturdays (just because it meant the next day was Sunday), and Sunday was always the worst day ever.
My schedule is getting better.
Before, I was doing horrible with keeping a schedule. I didn’t have one and I was pretty much on my laptop at all hours of the day.
Now, I dedicate each day and certain time slots towards different things that I need to do. Because of this, I also feel more motivated to complete work on time instead of procrastinating.
I’m cooking and eating at home a lot more.
When I first made the switch, I still wasn’t doing the greatest with eating at home. However, now it’s pretty much all we do. Eating out just doesn’t even taste good anymore, and sometimes it seems like a waste of my time.
St. Louis isn’t exactly known for great food though (except for BBQ and toasted ravioli 🙂 ), so maybe if we lived somewhere else, it would be different?
I have a regular workout schedule as well.
I have been doing awesome with working out. I am doing the T25 workout schedule, running on the treadmill, going for walks outside, lifting, and more. I am working out 4 to 5 days a week and it has left me feeling awesome each and every day.
People are starting to take me seriously, I think…
When I first told people I left my day job to work from home, most people thought I was making a bad/crazy decision. They thought I was just quitting my job to do nothing all day.
I have been asked numerous times what it is I do all day, and how boring it must be to do nothing all day.
Now, I have given myself an actual title (I use various titles/names – website manager, online freelancer, my marketing business), and for some reason just giving myself a title has led to people taking me more seriously. And, that is fine by me!
Lastly, I can’t wait for warmer weather.
Starting my self-employment when it was cold outside wasn’t the greatest. And it’s still cold… Being stuck inside all day is no fun. Last week, we had some fairly nice weather and it was nice to break up my workday by going outside.
I can’t wait for the warmer weather when I can go outside in the middle of the day and go for an awesome bike ride. It’s the little things in life that make life good!
What else do you want to know about my four months being self-employed?
How is self-employment treating you?