The 11th October 2018 will mark my one year anniversary of being self-employed.
It’s been such an up and down journey, but overall, it’s been a very positive experience.
In August 2017 I accepted redundancy from the company I’d worked for since I was 17 years old. It was a very daunting time, but I looked upon it as an exciting time. A time to start afresh, a new chapter. A chance to do something different that would make my life, and the lives of my family easier.
On the 11th October 2017 I completed my very first self-employed job. I started up my own business as a cleaner. Whilst it’s not the most glamorous job in the world, I have to admit that I enjoy it.
I get to meet new people, chose my own working hours, go on holiday when I like and I’m my own boss which means I also decide how much I get paid.
Of course there are downsides to being self-employed. I get no holiday or sick pay. As such if I do go on holiday or if I’m sick, I don’t get paid, but with careful planning and organising, it’s something that I’ve managed to deal with well so far.
I think I’m very lucky that I’ve built up a good base of customers that are consistent, and I’m hoping this will continue long into the future.
I enjoy the flexibility that my job offers me. It means I can wave my children off to school. I don’t have to get up at silly o’clock. I actually have time to go for a run, have a shower, and even wash my hair, dry it, have breakfast and a coffee before I start work!
The best bit of all though, is that I’m home in time to pick my children up from school. If they have a concert or sports day, I can work around that to make sure I’m there for all of the important events in their lives.
I’m not sure if this is something I’ll be doing forever, but for now, it suits and I’m enjoying it so happy almost one year self-employment anniversary to me!