Self-employment is not for wimps. There are some wonderful aspects to working for others. Your work is laid out for you. You may have input but really the design of your work is the creation of another maker. You do not have to take work home. You may choose to but there is usually pay and promotion attached to it. You get paid regardless of whether your work succeeds or not. The people who tell you what to do will bear that burden but probably won’t be shown the door.
When you work for yourself you not only have to do all the unseen things that a boss does in the employment arena, but you have to wake up knowing that you have to make work happen. This is not just a matter of willpower but stamina, mild delusion and the ability to learn on the go. You need to be able to ignore every set-back and not dwell on them. You will be your own PR/marketing/management/accounting/supervisor/developer and you need to know more than the basics if you are to succeed. The world is very different for those who work for themselves now than it was even twenty years ago.There are a great many free tools and resources available online, as well as opportunities as satellites creators of big organizations, such our host WordPress, Amazon and eBay.
However, these bring with them the need to develop one’s critical skills. You cannot try and err with every available resource or tool so you hone your skills of critically evaluation. This newly sharpened skill is your best business asset as it not only saves time and prevents you from being distracted by every new shiny bauble assuring your success but, it bleeds into your conscious thinking in all areas of your life. I have found myself dropping activities, opinions and people, some long held, both privately and professionally. If one’s understanding and acceptance of thoughts, practices and people is passive then it will always be counter-productive.
And, the one thing you really need in this life choice is fellow-travelers. I have recently started sharing skills with another person who is running an online business. She needs help with technical and promotional skills and I needed her creative help with design and Photoshop. We have completed tasks faster than if we had done them alone, provided and taught each other skills and found our experiences to be the same, despite our different businesses, It also doubles for a social life. I am told I used to have one but I do not recall exactly what one looks like.