If you are self-employed, you may have stopped to ask yourself (possibly on numerous occasions) why you opted for this line of work rather than seeking employment elsewhere. There are a lot of stories out there about how entrepreneurs made it big and how they have so much free time to do what they want with their lives. Just think of big names like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg for example. Of course, not everyone enjoys multi-million Dollar success and even less people experience such success in under a decade.
When it comes to working for yourself, you need to make it work for you. Not everyone can make a real go of being self-employed, and working from home can present new challenges of its own and the biggest problem that can be experienced is the struggle to think outside the box. They need to try new things and step out of their comfort zone in order to offer their target market something more than a would- be employee could.
Here are four tips to help anyone really take that self-employment bull by the horns:
It is so easy to become distracted when you have no boss or supervisor hanging over your shoulder. You might start your month with a brilliant idea and amazing inspiration, but as the days go by it can become a struggle to get out of bed on time every morning and manage your time. A proper time management strategy is essential whether you work for a boss or for yourself. Try making a list of all the daily, weekly or monthly tasks that need your attention. Does your child have football practice on Tuesdays and you promised to attend? Is your spouse taking part in a charity event at the end of the month and they automatically signed the whole family up for good measure? Whatever it is, write it down so that you don’t forget. Now that you have those obligations all jotted down, you can focus on what you need to do, and by when. Deadlines are important. If you know that you need to have a certain task done by the end of the week, you can set the final deadline for Thursday just to be safe and make sure that you have extra time in case of unforeseen circumstances. There is a certain degree of routine that comes with this but keeping track and making notes in your calendar is essential and it really helps take the pressure off.
Take your technology along
Inspiration has a funny way of striking when you least expect it. Make sure that you always have access to a photo/video device as well as the internet and something that you can use to jot down ideas. Most people today choose smartphones or tablets for this exact purpose – it’s your office on the go! If something comes to mind, you can instantly record it or make a note so that you don’t forget.
There are various devices and services these days that allow you to store your data online. This way, if you find yourself away from your office and you need to access a file, you can do so online via your mobile device. Examples of these include Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive.
You make the rules
Once you have all the technical matters resolved, it’s time for you to include a little fun time. Life is full of surprises and you are bound to be invited out on the spur of the moment. You cannot plan spontaneity or this would defeat the very point. Let yourself live a little or you will start to feel the effects of stress sooner rather than later. You should also make a plan to allocate time for family trips or holidays. On such occasions, automated messages should be in place and you should take a complete break from all of your usual devices, so keep your personal phone number private and operate an alternative number for all your business use. You need time off too.