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?