Friday, 22 August 2014

Lesson Learnt : Things I've Learnt About Being Self Employed.


After a lovely response to my last lesson learnt post I thought I'd try to turn it into a mini series. There really isn't all that much I know too much about, so it has to be mini, but having run a vintage clothing and homewares business for over four years now, I thought I'd talk about what I've learnt about being self employed.

- getting to work in your pyjamas is ace.
- bank holidays mean nothing.
- don't blow your money if you're having a good patch, things could turn pretty quickly.
- it's long hours, and you never really 'stop working'.
- book keeping is awful.
- it's sometimes lonely. cats help.
- to be successful you have to identify waste. of time, money, resources, everything.
- you can be 100% in charge of your own schedule.
- your work can take over your home. try to keep it separate in an office or designated area.
- remember to take time off.
- it's more work than it seems, especially to other people.
- procrastination is a killer.
- social media is the best free promotion.
- there's a lot of competition out there.
- keep every single receipt.
- always be professional online - you alone are the face of your business.

Are any of you self employed? What lessons have you learnt about your area of work?




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