Why going self-employed is the best thing I have ever done
Something that you may not know is that when I was younger and people asked me what I wanted to be or do when I was older, I would always respond by saying that I wanted to have my own business. Of course, I had no idea what I wanted my business to be, but I knew that I wanted to work for myself and try and make an impact whilst I do that. The most frequent response that I would receive back was honestly super negative 99% of the time. People would say things like 'Don't be silly, you'll need to get a real job. You need years of experience to have your own business'. But despite all of this, here I am, the CEO of my own thriving web design studio and I couldn't be any prouder of myself.
As I write this, it's Friday 23rd April 2021 and this morning I received my first ever Byonik Laser Treatment from Carla at Skin Renewal (it was amazinggg), and then on my way home grabbed my regular Costa coffee order and took the country roads into my home town where I then took a detour along the seafront to take in the sunshine. As you can imagine, I felt such bliss and honestly, it made me realise how lucky and grateful I am to be self-employed, because in my previous job my Friday morning could never look like that! And it's funny because looking back, I was so hesitant to make the leap because I was scared but going self-employed really is the best thing that I have ever done. Here are a few reasons why... Hopefully, my list of the benefits will inspire you to take your side hustle full time too!
Benefits of being self-employed #1: Freedom
After reading the intro to this post, freedom is probably the most predictable answer that I could have added to this list, which is why I'm not going to spend too much time on it...
So, long story short: being your own boss allows you to work around your lifestyle. Since going self-employed I have changed my routine completely and I often work in the late afternoon/evenings and more often than not I take a Friday off which was completely unheard of at my last job in the corporate world. I love being able to switch up my routine when things come up in my life, and love the idea of being able to work from anywhere in the world in the future too.
Benefits of being self-employed #2: You don't have a fixed income
When you take the step from an employee to self-employed, you no longer have a fixed income, which means that you could potentially earn way more!
My journey so far has been pretty steady in terms of financial growth... I am so grateful that all of my hard work, consistency and dedication is paying off. I'm not yet where I want to be in terms of my monthly revenue but I genuinely find it extremely fulfilling earning money for myself and learning how to make my money work for itself. As you might imagine, I was thrilled when someone in my network called me a passive income queen!
Benefits of being self-employed #3: You save money
I don't know about you but when I was commuting into the office I was spending at least £70 a month on parking, and a further £100 a month on fuel which seems crazy now that I don't have any business travel expenses. Since working from my home office I have been able to use the time and money that I would have previously spent commuting to invest in myself instead.
Benefits of being self-employed #4: You can follow your passions
I can't speak for all, but most of us who are self-employed have chosen to go self-employed to follow our passions and escape the trap of working in a job you've come to hate!
A 2015 study published in The Annals of Behavioral Medicine found that pursuing your passion reduces stress and contributes to greater happiness overall. Life feels better when we like what we're doing.
Benefits of being self-employed #5: You get to help people
As the CEO of a web design studio, I get to shape the dreams of not just myself but of my clients too. Click here to find out how a website adds value to a business.
Since launching High Flying Design, I have donated a percentage of my revenue to Kurandza. Kurandza's mission is to provide educational and sustainable development programs for girls to become leaders in their villages in Mozambique. More recently I have become an official Giveback Partner which means that I now not only sponsor the education of girls in Mozambique but also help sustain Kurandza’s mission. It also means that when my clients choose to work with me, their impact goes beyond their own business and community. They get to invest in the future of women and girls on the other side of the world!