4 Reasons You Should Try Self-Employment

4 Reasons You Should Try Self-EmploymentAs you all know, I love being self-employed. Sure, there are a few negatives to being self-employed. However, I believe that the positives far outweigh the negatives.

Self-employment is something I am 99.9999% sure I will never want to leave, as it has been going very well so far.

While self-employment may not be for everyone, I do think that there are at least a few people out there who might need just a little extra nudge to at least try it out.

Below are four reasons for why you should try self-employment out:

1. You want to be the boss.

If you want to be the boss one day, it would be very hard to ever feel that way unless you run a business of your own. Being your own boss can be a great thing, and it’s something I never want to give up.

There are many reasons why being your own boss is great.

  • You are in control.
  • You can decide what you will work towards and what you want to sell.
  • Your income potential has no limit, it all depends on how badly you want it.
  • You can set your own hours.

2. You have a successful side job.

Turning your side job into your full-time business can be a great next step.

If you have a successful side job, then you may be thinking about leaving your day job to pursue it full-time. This can be a great reason to try out self-employment, as you’ve already tested out your side job and you probably believe that it will work for the long-term.

There’s also a little less risk this way as you have probably already figured out if you like your side job or not, you know if you can make enough income doing it, and so on.

3. You desire a flexible schedule.

I’m sure there are jobs out there where you can have a flexible schedule, but as a self-employed person you can definitely have a flexible schedule.

This is a benefit to being your own boss, as you can decide what schedule works best for you, when you can take a vacation, if everything is done for the day or the week, and so on.

4. You want to pursue your passion.

If you have a passion that you want to pursue, then most of the time you just have to pave the way and make your own path so that you can reach it. That often means venturing out on your own and starting your own business.

Are you interested in becoming self-employed? Why or why not?

 

3 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

3 Ways to Work Smarter, Not HarderHello everyone! Please enjoy this post from a blog friend.

I recently took an elite blogging course.

There were many timely and impactful lessons. One that was especially so, was a lesson on working smarter, not harder.

I’ve been spinning my wheels a bit these last few weeks, after I quit my day job to be a full-time freelance writer and blogger.

It was actually easier for me to build my business as a side hustle on top of my day job, while being the breadwinner and mother of two toddlers.

Who woulda thunk?

Working Harder

I thought I knew what my limitations were before I took the leap. I thought the hardest part would be finding more clients to hire me and pay me for my services. Boy was I wrong!

I think it was easy for me to work harder, but not smarter. I wasn’t necessarily putting in a ton more hours, but I was able to focus on my new business for many more hours and stretches at a time. So, why wasn’t I more effective?

Focus Beats Hours, Every Time

You can work all of the hours that you want. But if you aren’t focused, if you don’t take the time to do the hard things first, you can while away an entire day in no time flat!

That’s what happened to me. I’d start my day (at home) checking email over a cup of coffee while my two toddlers watched Disney Jr., crawling on and off my lap for a few snuggles. I thought I was being productive and killing two birds with one stone. After all, I was spending time with my babies and working. Or was I?

I think as women we believe the lie that we’re naturally good at multitasking and that we can in fact handle it all. We can’t, we’re not super woman and we all have our limitations. It’s okay. I’ve come to terms with it!

What I’ve learned instead, is that I need to be focused on work, while at work. And I need to be focused on my family, while with my family. I can’t do both and frankly, I shouldn’t try!

Becoming Smarter

I decided instead, to try something new. To own my limitations and not try to be everything to everybody all at once. At the end of the day, if I give everyone all that I have, what will I end up with?

Instead, I’m striving to change my ways and learn better ways of doing things. Here are three hard and fast rules that I’ve implemented in search of my own form of balance.

1) Don’t Check Email First Thing in the Morning

This will take some practice mind you. I’ve been an email junkie for far too long, for this to become an overnight success/habit change. It’s okay, I’m cool with being imperfect.

Instead, I’m going to apply a Tim Ferriss approach and schedule in only two times per day that I can be in my gmail inbox. Again, not shooting for perfection here, but I figure that if I succeed nine times out of ten, that I’ll be making significant progress. Progress, not perfection is the name of the game, is it not?

2) Tackle the Most Boring/Hard Things First

Are you an expert procrastinator? I am – at least when it comes to things that are less than thrilling or interesting to tackle. I know how to rationalize with the best of them and create many excuses to not do the things that are important, but that I need to get done.

Since I’m okay with owning my faults, I’m not scared to share these sentiments with you. I’m going to give myself some grace and start practicing changing my ways. I’m going to pick the biggest, fattest and ickiest task on my list and get that done the first thing, everyday – or at least four days out of five. Friday is a free for all, isn’t it?

I hope you join me with this challenge. Just think, if we were able to cross our most difficult to do off the list four out of five days, what we could accomplish? I bet we’ll be ruling the world before we know it!

3) Apply the Pomodoro Technique

Lastly, I’m been to revisiting the Pomodoro Technique. This is something I’ve tried to implement in the past, and when I did, it was effective. So, why did I stop?

Well, it takes work. It takes a half a second and a few key strokes of extra effort. And who has time for that? Just kidding, I got lazy and I got out of the habit. And it showed. Shame on me.

The good news? One can start applying this technique again at any time. This technique exists on the theory that we are only productive for a maximum of 90 minutes in a row at any given time.

What you do is set a timer (or use one of them handy, dandy web apps) for 25 minutes. When the buzzer rings, you take a break for five minutes. Rinse, cycle repeat.

In theory, if you had six dedicated hours to work, you’d have 12 pomodori to work with. So you could choose 12 (or less) really important tasks to cross off your list. In between you’d get that five minutes of rest, when you could choose to do whatever you please (I’ve been exercising, using this 5 minute no-equipment necessary workout).

In theory, it sounds like a no-brainer, no? I agree. Now, let’s practice that whole habit building thing and make this a part of our daily routine. You in? Great, me too!

In Conclusion

I really appreciate you coming along through this thought journey of mine. Productivity is a really important topic. So is procrastination.

Without one, we don’t really have the other, do we? If you’re like me and get a little lazy or demotivated at times (distracted counts!), then I hope you join me in trying to work smarter, not harder.

Let’s start by not checking email first thing in the morning. Then let’s tackle the hard things first. Lastly, let’s implement the Pomodoro Technique and working with your mind/body, instead of against it.

Why not us, why not now? We can succeed – are you in?

 

P.S. Did you know that I recently updated 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success – an email course for brand spanking new freelance writers? Version two is now available for the low price of $47.

Anyone that decides to pull the trigger and purchase in the next 72 hours will be automatically entered into a drawing for a free half hour coaching session with me (valued at $50). If you’re looking for a new way to earn income on the side (or full-time) in 2015, it’s worth a consideration.

I love helping others get started and make a decent living as a freelancer – hopefully I can help you quit your day job soon too!

Bio: Gina Horkey is a full-time writer for the web, with a background in personal finance. She recently launched a 30 day email course for aspiring freelance writers to help others break into the freelance writing game.

 

3 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Why I Love Being Self-Employed

startup-593329_640I love being self-employed. Ever since I left my day job in October of 2013, I can’t help but to constantly think about how lucky I am.

Even though there are some downsides to being self-employed, the positives all greatly outweigh the negatives.

Below are several reasons for why I love being self-employed. The below may not apply to every self-employed person, but it does for me!

I am location independent.

I am currently in the process of moving to the state of Colorado from Missouri, which is something I don’t think would have ever happened if I would have kept my day job and continued working for someone else.

With the business I run, I am able to work from wherever, which is something I greatly  enjoy. I am able to live wherever I want, travel wherever I want, and still bring in an income.

I am my own boss.

Being my own boss has been amazing so far. I didn’t have any problems with my last employer at all, and they were very nice people. However, being your own boss is much better if it is something you want to do. I am in control of my business, my future, and everything else.

What I love is the motivation that being your own boss brings. I look forward to working each and every day.

I get to create my own schedule.

Creating your own schedule is a great thing. I like to create mine for when I know I work best. I usually work best early in the mornings and late at night, so that is usually when I try to fit everything in. Then, during the day I can do the things I want to do, such as going for a hike, going for a walk, and more.

I spend less money.

As I’ve said before, working from home has actually means that I’ve been able to save money.

I’m saving money on clothing because I don’t really need professional clothing anymore, I am saving money by not having a commute, I am saving money by eating at home more often, and more. The savings all add up very quickly too!

I have the potential to earn more money.

I made a good income at a day job, but it wasn’t going to increase by very much year by year. By working for myself, I am in charge of how much money I can make. There is no limit and I love that.

I don’t have to commute to work.

One of the things I hated about my day job was the commute each day. It wasn’t horrible, but at least once a week it was very unpredictable. There were times where I was three or four hours late because I would be stuck in traffic for that long. YES, a 15 minute commute sometimes turned into three or four hours because of a bad accident or because people were frantic about half a centimeter of snow.

I also didn’t like to deal daily with bad drivers, waste my time commuting, and waste my money either. Now I can work from home and start working right when I wake up.

Are you self-employed? Do you hope to be one day? Why or why not?