4 Reasons To Skip Self-Employment

4 Reasons To Skip Self-Employment

I’ve been fully self-employed for a little over one year now, and I will say that it’s the best decision I have ever made in my life. However, with that being said, I do know that self-employment is not for everyone.

Many people lead great lives and are very successful all while working for someone else. There is no right or wrong decision for everyone because everyone is different.

Below are four reasons for why being self-employed might not be for you. Of course, everything below doesn’t apply to every single job in the world, but I’m sure you get the point 🙂

1. You crave stable income.

I don’t know of a single self-employed person who would say that they have stable income. Income will usually vary from month to month. You might have the best month of your life one month, and the very next month could possibly be your very worst income month as a self-employed person.

This is why many people end up leaving the self-employment world. Many people crave stability, and I am one of those people. However, there are things you can do to get over this craving for stability. This includes having an emergency fund, creating a realistic budget, and more.

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2. You don’t like being the main decision maker.

As a self-employed person, everything is up to you. This means you need to make the decisions, you have to lead your business, and more. Many people do not like this though, as it can lead to a lot of stress.

Working for someone else may be better for some because they can tell you what the company goals are, what tasks need to be completed, and more.

3. You prefer to have a good work-life balance.

I can’t really remember the last time I took a full day off from working. No matter what, I am always checking my emails, replying to emails, trying to get some work done, and more. This can make balancing work and life very difficult. Over the past year I have gotten much better at this thankfully. However, I know many freelancers who struggle with this every single day.

If you work for someone else, you will most likely receive dedicated vacation time. This means that you can go on vacation and not have to bring your work with you. This is not always the case when you work for yourself though. It can be very hard to break away from your business.

4 Reasons To Skip Self-Employment4. You think self-employment is not a real job.

Oh my! If I had a nickel for each person who has told me that they would be “bored doing nothing all day,” I would seriously have a ton of money. Self-employment does not mean that you are doing nothing all day long.

Most of the self-employed people I know work well over 60 hours a week, and some work 100 hours a week all the time.

Self-employment is hard work, so don’t go into it thinking that you will be doing nothing all day long.

Do you want to be self-employed? Why or why not?


How To Get Over Blogging Burnout

How To Get Over Blogging Burnout

I own and/or manage almost 10 blogs, write for a few other websites, provide blog/website coaching services, and more. My whole business revolves around blogging in some form, so it makes sense that readers and other bloggers often ask me how I manage it all without experiencing blogging burnout and quitting the blogging world.

Surprisingly, I have never really felt blogging burnout too seriously. Yes, occasionally I will push all blogging-related tasks and activities to the side in order to take a break because of writer’s block and other reasons, but I always get back in the mood to blog soon after.

I also haven’t been blogging for an extremely long time (I’ve been blogging for a little of three years), but with the amount of writing that I do it is very possibly for blogging burnout to occur.

Also, recently, a very popular blogger in the home design niche quit blogging. This isn’t anything new. Bloggers everyday quit blogging because of blogging burnout. Some might laugh at this, but blogging burnout is a real thing.

Here are my tips to get over blogging burnout:

Give yourself a blogging break.

If you need a break from blogging, then take one. No one wants to read forced posts from a blogger. They are most likely going to be low-quality blog posts anyways.

Take however long of a break that you need. This may be one day, one week, a month, or even longer. Whatever is right for you.

Taking a break can help rejuvenate you and make you want to blog again.

Blog less.

Some bloggers think that they have to publish a new blog post every single day. Unless the quality is high for each blog post, this is definitely not needed. I would much rather read one great blog post than five that all sucked.

Always have a running list of ideas.

Whenever I think of a new article idea, I type it into my phone or onto my computer right away. I have two lists, whichever one I can get to the fastest is where I enter it so that I don’t lose my train of thought.

Doing this is helpful because I can write down the idea, and jot down a little outline as well. This way I never can say “oh I have no ideas for blog posts.” In fact, I have a few hundred waiting to be written. This way, whenever I am about to write a post or if I feel like I can’t think of anything, I can easily refer to one of my lists.

Try to write and schedule as many posts as you can.

The next step would be to actually write and schedule the posts. While it is great to think of ideas, you need to eventually start writing them. Scheduling your posts ahead of time can help you out if you ever do have blog burnout. This way you can rely on one of the posts you’ve already written.

Of course, you always want to make sure that the quality of the posts you write are up to par if you do this. Writing a bunch of low quality posts won’t do anyone any good.

Try writing about what you love to write about it.

If you are only blogging about topics that you have no interest in, it can make blogging feel much more tedious and stressful. This can then lead to blogging burnout because you have no genuine interest in the topic that you are so involved in.

Instead, write about what you love in life. Topics will continue to flow in if you write this way!

Connect with bloggers in real life.

As you all know, I love FinCon. FinCon is a blogging conference for financial bloggers. I’ve attended two FinCons and I always leave very motivated for blogging. You learn new ideas, meet new bloggers, and you overall just get back into the blogging game.

What do you do to get over blogging burnout?

What Should I Do If I Hate My Job?

What Should I Do If I Hate My JobEver since I left my day job last year, I have had several people ask me what they should do about the job that they hate. I have heard some horror stories about jobs that almost sound like the same reasons for why I knew I had to leave my day job.

Because of this, I thought it would be a great idea to discuss what a person should do if they hate their job. While most people cannot just simply quit their job and retire whenever they would like, it is possible to find a job that doesn’t make you ill.

Since everyone spends so much time working, I always think that it’s best to either have a job you love, or have a job that allows you to do what you love outside of work.

Below are different things you might want to think about before you quit a job you hate:

What do you hate about your job?

Leaving your job just because you hate working is 99.9% of the time not a good idea. I can’t think of a time where it would be a good idea but I’m a believer that anything is possible. You need to be realistic with this question.

Figuring out the answer to this question could possibly lead to you not hating your next job. Just think about it – if you don’t figure out why you hate your job, you might just be putting yourself in the exact same position with the next one.

Here are some different things to think about when pondering this question:

  • Do you hate the work you do?
  • Is it management that you have a problem with?
  • Is it the work environment you hate?
  • Are the clients the problem?

Do you have a game plan?

Before you quit your job, you probably want to have some sort of game plan. This can make everything much easier and possibly a little less stressful if you do your research.

This leads to the different areas I will be discussing below…

What will you do for money?

If you quit your job, what will you do for money? I’m sure you have at least some bills that will need to be paid after you leave your job. Will you be searching for a new job? Starting your own business? Relying on savings?

Can you possibly look for a job while continuing at the one you hate?

I know there are certain circumstances where you might have to leave your job immediately because something at your job may be harming you physically or emotionally.

However, if you do not need to immediately leave your job, it may be wise to look for a job while you continue to work at the job that you hate. This way you can continue to bring in an income and not have to worry about when you will land a job.

Do you have an emergency fund?

Before leaving your job, having an emergency fund can be a lifesaver. This way if you end up hating your next job as well, then you will have something to fall back on in case something were to happen.

An emergency fund is also a lifesaver if you plan on starting a business after you leave the job you hate. You never know if you will have a bad income month when you work for yourself, so having an emergency fund can hold you over until you are able to make a more stable income.

What would you tell someone who tells you that they hate their job?