Post # 1
I’m just curious to see if there are any othervself employed Bees out there? If yes, what do you do? What if anything do you miss about working for someone else? I help my DH run his family’s longtime business but at tine the social aspect of working for someone else. I also miss getting dressed up everyday instead of working in my PJs sometimes he he.
Post # 3
I run my own web design business. I specialize in search engine optimization, building websites, and logos. I was previously an assistant manager at a store, working my way through college.
I miss the fact that someone else was keeping track of my taxes, and money. Now I have to keep spreadsheets of billings, money to put away for taxes, expenses, who has paid me/who hasn’t, etc. I am terrible at it. I wait till like March and then play catch up finding old reciepts and check stubs. 🙂
Post # 4
I own a baking “workshop” where I make custom cakes, cupcakes and pastries. I miss having a monthly salary, because some months are good and others not so much. I also miss talking to people! It worries me that now I like more being alone that with others.
What I don’t miss is getting sick! Since working on my own I haven’t had a cold/flu, and it’s been over 4 years!
Yet sometimes I do wish I work on a company or for someone else, it would be easier.
Post # 5
I work from home. I’m an author and political commentator and host a net radio show, which DH produces. I’ve been self employed forever, it’s just my independent nature.
I used to spend a lot of time as a guest on other people’s radio shows, but until I did some co hosting, I had no clue how much work is involved, especially if you don’t have a large staff.
I can’t imagine living my life any other way but working for myself, but there are definite drawbacks. Lack of real financial stability for one, but as a business owner, you have some control over thst, if you can be flexible and agile.
But, OMG, being stuck in the house so much is crazy making. Right now, I’m working on tweaking my schedule so I can escape during the day once in awhile.
In a way, I think I miss office camaraderie, but at the same time, I fear I’d find it all irritating now that I’ve been on my own so long.
Post # 6
Ooh, I forgot to add I miss talking to people. At work, we’d all talk/gossip about men, clothes, drama, customers, all that fun stuff. I don’t get that anymore. I’m kinda becoming a hermit.
Plus, even though I considered those ladies my friends before, we’ve all kind of lost touch. It’s sad. I feel like I talk to Bee’s more than my real life friends!
Post # 7
I own an online furniture store and there is a lot that I miss about working for someone else. I miss getting dressed up everyday. I could still do it and sometimes I do, but more often than not, I’m a bum. I miss social interaction and bouncing ideas off of someone else. I miss sharing a workload. For every one thing I miss there are five things that I don’t miss, and 10 reasons why working for myself is 100x better so overall, I can’t complain 🙂
Post # 8
So glad to hear from you all. I am in the same boat missing the social interaction (with women) as this is a male dominated business, miss wearing all my cute clothes & shoes and worrying about taxes, receipts,etc not fun. I guess us “self employed Bees” can check ib on this thread and use it as the office “water cooler”. Lol. I DO admit there are definitely perks so I can’t complin too,too much. Love hearing about all these interesting businesses…. GIRL POWER!
Post # 9
FI and I are self employed. We sell clothing online. Ive been doing this for 7 years, but became really serious when we got our first apartment together and actually got an office and everything (3 years ago). Brad and I are together almost 24-7 lol. We work together and live together..and its great! Being self employed is great when the money is rolling in, it gets scarier if the money isnt. I havent had a boss for the last 7 years, but now I am a boss. There is something thrilling about thinking about the endless ways to make more money and building your own business.
Flexibility is a very big perk in my choice to be self employed. I can take vacations whenever I want, but I remember sitting on the beach in Ibiza last year on my rented international blackberry dealing with stuff.
We also love working together, so it works out. Id imagine some people like being away from their SO for some portion of the day but I dont. (We will be celebrating 10 years in October) .
Sure the future is unsure when you are self employed, but no job is guarenteed.
Post # 10
I have been self employed before. Probably the worst part was clients always wanting to schedule time outside of my work schedule, and I always felt pressured to do it because its income, ya don’t want to turn down income right? Working as an employee of a business, I don’t have a choice, the hours of operation are set in stone, so neither I, nor my clients can schedule outside of regular working hours. Do I make less money? Yep. Do i bring home a guaranteed paycheck every week? Yep. Do I have a happy, separate social life outside of work now? Yep. Am I being creatively challenged? Nope. I’m sure I will get the self employment bug again sometime in my future.