Sitting at my desk this morning struggling on what to write about….. I don’t have many days like this but I am grateful for A LOT of past posts to go back and rewrite or tweak. Today is one of those days…. I wrote the original post in 2014. It seems like a lifetime ago.
2014 was a busy year for me…. my Thirty One business was thriving and I was working a J.O.B. part time. I think back to why I wanted to work for myself – in the beginning, oh so many years ago, I thought it would be fun to turn a hobby into making money. Work when I want, do something I love which at the time was making premature baby clothes and the success would happen. I never really thought about the business side of things. It was my first learning lesson in owning my own business. BUT the dream to be my own boss never died…
There were may other self-employment attempts which worked for a season…. let’s fast forward to today… today, my reason for being my own boss is so different. I need to be able to make my own hours, I want to make money at something I love, and I need to have the flexibility to work when I can since my MS seems to decide to flare up at the worst times.. Being my own boss allows me to be available for family too. It has allowed me to pay off old credit card debt. It is a blessing I am truly grateful for.
Over the last year or so, I have split my time between my Thirty One business and my craft business ” Angels by Hope”. I will always be a Thirty One girl but I struggle with providing the same quality customer service I did in past years. Lists no longer seem to help and I get confused easily. So hard to keep up with all of the amazing prints, products and specials. My angels, on the other hand, have allowed me a creative outlet to move at my own pass. I make angels, people buy them. On occasion I get an order or two and can quickly get them out. On days I struggle – I do nothing knowing I have stock to carry me through my next show.
I have heard many say “I want to be my own boss” or “I want my own business”. They quickly join the direct sales bandwagon only to find out it takes work. YUP! Yes, your product may be amazing and sell itself. Yes, the first few months are awesome because everyone wants to help you BUT what happens when friends and family stop buying to “help out”? Many give up but there are some great strategies to help you build a successful business.
A blog on self-employed.com about “flexible strategies for the self-employed” had some great tips. I’m not sure if they work for everyone but check them out and let us know what you think.
#1 – Strategize Your Time
Are you attached to your mobile device? Are you a multi-tasker? Believe it is or not, it could definitely be a problem. I am forever sneaking in time to check my phone while waiting in line at the store. Some would say this is great time management….. BUT since my business relies on connecting with other people, I can’t really connect when my head buried in my phone in the checkout line, right? It is possible to “kill two birds with one stone” but be aware of your surroundings.
#2 Work Anywhere, Anytime
Inspiration can strike at any time. Are you able to leverage the motivation into something tangible? Keep this in perspective. Being inspired is AWESOME but working all of the time, is not. Make a note of things, take a picture but you don’t want to be remembered as the one who missed out on XYZ because you were working.
#3 Access to Everything, Everywhere
Do you use the cloud? I am a MAC girl but I definitely am still learning how to use the cloud. The idea of the cloud or Google Drive is you have the freedom to access your computer, no matter where you are, near or far. Some days, I am grateful I don’t have access as I am sure my family is so I stop working and treasure the moments with them.
#4 Flexible Living
Don’t use work as an excuse to not partake in the joys of life. Say “yes” and then figure out a strategy to make it happen. Isn’t this the main reason we all wanted to have our own business…
So, what are your thoughts on being self-employed – the good, the bad and the ugly? Share them with us..