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4 Reasons That I Love Being Self Employed

22/01/2019

*this post is sponsored by Ferratum, but all positivity about being self employed is of course my own! 

Becoming self employed has easily been the best decision I’ve made, especially for my mental health. 

Since taking the plunge and registering with HMRC, I’ve noticed that I’m a lot more positive and self confident. I’ve managed to attend networking events, meet some amazing new people (both online and in person) and work on some fantastic campaigns. 

All things that my anxiety would have held me back from doing a few years ago!

I love seeing my business grow and every time I achieve something (no matter how small) I can feel my confidence grow; both as a person and as an entrepreneur. 

Don’t get me wrong, it can be a really scary time when you first go self employed. I know I put off registering for a long time, mostly because I was terrified I’d mess something up. 

Probably taxes!

Jade Marie • Camel Coat • Blue Scarf • Sherwood Forrest • Nature

A recent study by Ferratum revealed that 3 in 5 millennials (18-34 year olds) want to start their own businesses, and I think the popularity of freelancing is only going to grow in the next few years. 

There are so many blogs, podcasts and articles out there that can help you set up and run your own business; most of which are completely free, which really helps. 

[Related: The 5 Podcasts You Need To Start Listening To In 2019]

Even though there are times when I feel overwhelmed and stressed, being self employed is something I really love and I can’t imagine ever going back to “traditional” employment again. 

Freedom to work where you want 

I’ve struggled with social anxiety for years, which makes commuting really difficult. 

I have days where I love being out of the house and will go work from a local coffee shop. But other days, just the thought of leaving the house will leave me having an anxiety attack. 

Being self employed means I can work where I feel most comfortable, which has had such a positive impact on my mental health! 

No more 9-5 

Although these days it’s more like 8-6, and that’s assuming you don’t have to work late on top of that. 

I’ve always struggled to be creative in the mornings, even when I was at school. If I had lessons like English or Geography first thing it wasn’t really a problem, as they’re more book/knowledge based. But if we had music, art or drama, I noticed that the quality of my work was shocking compared to if I had those lessons in the afternoon. 

It’s still the same over 10 years later! 

Jade Marie • Nature • River • Wales

Even though I get up at 7am most mornings, if I try to write a new post or take some photographs first thing in the morning, I can guarantee the quality will be rubbish and I’ll have to redo everything later. 

But because I’m my own boss, I can work around this.

Instead of forcing myself to get work done first thing in the mornings, I’ll take that time to do some housework so it doesn’t build up and I suddenly find I have nothing clean to wear! 

I’ll listen to the latest episodes of my podcasts while I put a wash in, dust and generally tidy up. Then I’ll do a bit of yoga, have a shower, get dressed and then do my skin care. 

[Related: My Morning Self Care Routine]

By the time I’ve finished all this, I’ll usually start feeling creative and actually want to write a new post or shoot some photography. 

Working when you actually feel productive rather than when you’re made to, is a real perk of being self-employed. I think it helps not only the quality of your work, but your mental health too. 

I can choose when I work

If I want to have a lie in because all my projects have been finished a week before they’re due, I can. 

If I want to take a break from work and go for a mid afternoon dance lesson, I can. 

Its so easy to fall into that mindset of “sleep when you’re dead” or “if you don’t work on your business 24/7, you don’t want it enough” – neither of which are helpful.

Or healthy! 

This was something I really struggled with when I first started out. 

I probably still average between 8 and 10 hours a day “at work” (including weekends most of the time), but I’m slowly starting to find a balance.

I can priorities my mental health 

This is one of the main perks as far as I’m concerned. If I’m having a bad day, I can take some time away from work and have some self-care time. 

Not something most bosses would be happy for you to do in a traditional job! 

I try to get projects done well in advance of the deadline where I can; which gives me a bit of breathing room if I have a bad day.

Now I don’t want this post to make it seem like there are no downsides to being self-employed. 

There are. 

I never know when my next pay-day will be. Whether an invoice will get paid on time or I’ll still be chasing it 6 months later. If I’ll hear back from a brand I’ve pitched a collaboration to. 

All of that can add up to a lot of stress and anxiety. Even depression, especially if you keep getting rejected. 

But because I’m so passionate about what I do (and there are so many benefits to my mental health), I honestly do think the positive points outweigh the negative ones where my mental health is concerned! 

Are you self-employed? If not, do you want to be in the future? I’d love to know your thoughts! 

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4 Reasons That I Love Being Self Employed

17 responses to “4 Reasons That I Love Being Self Employed”

  1. Really good positive post, I’m sure it will be super helpful to new bloggers thinking about taking the plunge themselves

  2. Dax says:

    Great post hun. I’m registered as self employed though I admit to being a tad confused about some aspects of it. Like you, I’ve struggled with anxiety for quite some time and prioritising my mental health is a top priority. x

  3. I still struggle to balance self employment with my mental health, even 4 years on! If I’m having a bad mental health day, I seriously struggle to get motivated at all to do anything which I’m working on. Self employment is great but definitely has it’s hurdles!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

  4. Karalee says:

    It was great reading about your experience with being self-employed! I have always wanted to own a pet bakery, but my dream job is to do research to help children and adults with learning disorders.

  5. Chloe Chats says:

    This all sounds great! I’d love to become self-employed, at the moment when I do have those bad days there’s not too much I can do but go to work. And sometimes I can wake up feeling okay but it gets to the afternoon and I struggle.

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

  6. These are all amazing, and make me want to achieve self-employment SO BADLY. I agree with you that the positives outweigh the negatives!

  7. ivana11sk says:

    I love this! Having the freedom to work where and when you want is the best 😀

  8. Liss says:

    I loved reading this! Being self employed is my dream but I often let fear set me back, maybe I’ll take the plunge this time!

  9. This just makes me want to become self-employed even more! I’m glad to see a success story and that you’re loving it! Do you have any tips on how to start? Would love to make the move but I’m struggling to find any useful information on how to begin.

  10. I’d love to be able to be self-employed one day! I’m trying to build up my portfolio whilst I’m on my year out from uni so that when I graduate I will be in a better place to do so. You’ve highlighted the benefits. Mental health is key and sometimes the 9-5 routines just doesn’t work. Lovely post.

    Megan | https://meganelizabethlifestyle.com/

  11. Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad my post has helped inspire you even more! ☺️ getting started is probably the hardest part; I’d say have a plan but don’t get too stuck with having every little detail figured out. Also try to create a little “buffer fund” (enough to cover 3 months living costs) so that you don’t have to panic too much if you have a slower start ☺️ if you want some personalised advice, please feel free to drop me a DM or email ☺️

  12. Jade Marie says:

    That’s a brilliant idea Megan ☺️ I hope it goes well for you and you can go self employed when you graduate! There are downsides too of course, but I personally think there are enough perks to outweigh them ☺️

  13. Thank you so much!☺️

  14. Totally agree! Thank you!

  15. Kim says:

    Such a positive post. It’s great to see you took the plunge in becoming self employed and hear such good things have come from it. I can’t definitely resonate with finding myself more creative in the afternoon; it was like that for me in school too and, at work, I tend to feel more creative around 10:30 and a lot more after lunch. It’s great that you can take some time off for your mental health if / when you need too as well. I’m glad you do this for yourself. 🙂

  16. Jade Marie says:

    Thanks ☺️ I’m glad I’m not the only one more creative in the afternoons 😂 and yeah being able to take time off for my mental health has been so helpful!

  17. This is such a positive post about going self-employed! I’m so scared to make the decision to go self-employed due to the money side of things, I’m like you, I’m more creative in the afternoons than in the mornings! I can barely get myself motivated in the mornings! xx

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

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HI THERE!

Thanks for stopping by! I’m a twenty-five-year-old digital media graduate with a passion for writing and a desire to change the way we view mental health and autism. I’ve owned jademarie.co.uk for nearly two years now, and its slowly changed from a place where I would brain dump whatever was going through my head that day, into a place where people can come for help, advice and hopefully a bit of a laugh. I do occasionally come out with a witty sentence or two. Mostly by accident.

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