Well, 2 years, 1 month and approximately 2 days since that fateful day, but who’s counting ;) Anyone still around from back then? Or have I since scared you off? Haha… Time sure does go fast, jeez… And it’s been a wild ride to say the least.
I’ve also learned a $hit ton in the process which I’m really grateful for. Both good AND bad things, but much more than any of the previous 30+ jobs I’ve had COMBINED. It’s amazing how things come into perspective when all of a sudden you’re responsible for your own paychecks every two weeks, haha… Not to mention your own health insurance, taxes, scheduling, vacation days (what are those?) and a ton of other things I can’t think of right this moment.
But 2 years down without ever applying for a job, and so far so good! I still very much enjoy being my own boss, and even more so blogging to you fine people here every single day :) Not to mention all the fun it is creating projects left and right as my heart desires. Like our latest one, Take Our Stuff, where we’re giving away a 1940’s smoking jacket this week! (Shameless plug, sorry.) Needless to say it’s been a blast so far.
With all the pros though, surely comes the cons. And lately they’ve been creeping up more and more than before. In fact, the idea of going back to a structured 9-5 where I get benefits and work on *other* people’s problems is a lot more exciting to me than it was two years back, I’m not gonna lie. I miss having coworkers and eating lunch out and sitting in traffic for two hours and all that sexy stuff! Oh wait.. . haha… most of that sexy stuff :) But you can’t have your cake and eat it too, right?
That’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned so far actually: there’s no such thing as a “dream job” where you get to do whatever you want making tons of money without doing any of the crap work. The truth of the matter is that in EVERY job (or project/blog/etc) there will always be poop to shovel up! Whether you do it yourself, or you pay someone else to do it for you – which, btw, still falls down on you shall that person not do such a great job cuz owners share in both the successes AND failures of their companies. It’s not all tits and glitter running a small biz, it just looks that way on the outside. (You like that phrase I just made up? ;))
Here are other thoughts on self-employment from over the years too if you’re interested:
- How I give myself paychecks
- How I got myself health insurance
- How I feel about quarterly taxes ;)
- The biggest con of working for yourself
- What I thought after month 3 of self-employment
- What I thought after month 6 of self-employment
I guess I had a lot of stuff to get off my chest today :) And as much as it kills me to say it, I no longer think being self-employed is the end all be all. It’s just one of the ways of getting from point a to point b. And some will prefer it and be better at it than others, while at the same time there will be those who excel and love 9-5’s too! At the end of the day cash is cash, so as long as you’re earning it and being as happy as you can along the way, then I say the more power to you. Shoot, maybe I’ll be back in the “real job” market again one day? An opportunity is an opportunity as far as I’m concerned now. I’m getting wiser as the years progress ;)
Anyways, such are my thoughts today on my almost 2-year Bossiversary :) Mostly good things to report, scattered with some sprinklings of reality. Now I think I’ll go and celebrate by playing with my baby for an hour or two… he bumped his head yesterday and dad’s feeling quite responsible for it :( A nice reminder though that life is more important than working 24/7!
PS: That pic up there? It’s my blogger den :) Complete with personal library to boot!