Lessons Learned from Being Self-Employed

Since April of 2014 I’ve been freelancing as a hairdresser while running my jewelry business and blog full-time. As with any job there are both good and bad things about it, but I do find the positives outweigh the negatives. I’ve learned a lot along the way and not only about running a business.

Experience is the best form of education. From the beginning there were so many things I had to teach myself in order to move forward at my job. Whether it was about photography, budgeting, design, hair styling or anything else for that matter, I was always and will always be learning a lot through this business.

It isn’t always easy working alone. Coming from someone who loves to work around other people, running your business out of your basement can get a bit lonely. Thankfully I have my bearded dragon Leo to keep me company while working on my blog/jewelry, as well as my lovely hair clientele during their appointments.

It’s extremely important to separate your work area from your relax area. Initially I had some trouble with this concept. I would spend all day working from my bed and by the time I should’ve been sleeping, I simply could not go to bed. I was absolutely restless and my mind was continuously going 100 miles per hour. My sleep schedule was off and it began to show in my work, so I set up my desk area and no longer allow my laptop into bed.

Making your own schedule is as awesome as it sounds. I love being able to form a routine according to my lifestyle. Next to loving my job in general, being able to shift things around need be is so freeing. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of days where I’ll work from 10am to 11pm if I get caught up, but I never get tired of it. I never wonder when the day will be over because I’m too consumed by whatever it is I’m creating at the moment.

Finances can be a bit of a roller coaster. Being your own boss can definitely get scary at times. Your paycheck goes not only according to how much effort you put in, it also depends on the demand of your clients. There have been slow weeks and weeks that I’ve been busier than ever before. The trick is to spend each day with this is mind and spend your money wisely. Since starting my business I’ve been more careful with money than any other time in my life, this was a huge benefit.

People won’t hesitate to question your job and your salary. I have been asked on many occasions by both friends and family exactly how much I make at my job. Going back to my last point about finances, this can be a difficult question to answer. A lot of people are just curious, but it can get frustrating trying to explain your finances to others. I usually just tell them enough to get by and leave it at that.

There’s nothing better than doing what you love. It’s that simple.

Being self-employed can be a big risk, but an amazing one at that. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t learn something new. It’s both exciting and rewarding to be your own boss and to create a business from the ground up.

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