A year of self-employment

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!


21 thoughts on “A year of self-employment

  1. Hello Emily,

    A big congratulations to your one year self-employed anniversary!

    Thank you for sharing your story. Many of us would like to follow the same path and yours is an inspiration.

    I wish you many more happy self-employed anniversaries to come!


  2. Well Emily, I think I definitely helps in any relationship where there are kids if one of the partner is self employed. I don’t have quite the same status, I run my own limited company but it’s virtually the same thing. This means Mrs Adams knows that if one of the kids falls ill and can’t be school, I am on hand o take care of it. I may have to work until to compensate but it works for us. It’s the flexibility that I really appreciate. I also can’t imagine myself going back to the corporate world. Thanks for hosting #thatfridaylinky

  3. Massive congrats Emily. Going S/E takes guts, balls, determination & respect. It’s such a huge decision which based one what you’ve written above, is working out for you so far. And long may that continue. I’m now in the exact same boat as you. I went S/E at the start of September when the nips went back to school/started montessori. I’ve nearly 3 hours in the morning and then again at night after bed time. Not easy but a great sense of achievement after you’ve had a win. Best of luck with your cleaning business.

  4. Congrats to you, that’s awesome! I have just took the leap too and left my part time job to become a full time blogger (I say full time but I just took 8 days off to honeymoon in Mexico!). It’s daunting but so far I’m happy. Well done again xx


  5. There are pro’s and con’s of any employment situation! I’m glad that being self-employed is giving you the freedom to enjoy some time with your family.

  6. Wow, a whole year! I am currently considering my employment options as I’m just so tired with 3 jobs and my blog so I want to find something that fits around my family but still provides an income. My husband tells me not to worry and that he will support us all but that doesn’t seem fair. #thatfridaylinky

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