The Highs and Lows of working for yourself
Sep 26, 2016
As weeks go, last week was not the best.
I found myself wondering what on earth I was doing working for myself.
My computer got hacked – where was my IT department?
My printer poured ink from its backside all over my desk and carpet, and then refused to print anything – where were the office cleaners, and the IT department again?
Clients with very tight deadlines were very late sending information over, but the work needed to be finished – where was my extensive accounts team?
My son had a major wobbly about life in general – where was my husband? (oh yes – on a boys jolly sailing trip with no phone signal! Typical!!)
And I had a stinking cold.
So by Wednesday I was tearing my hair out!
But….one slightly hysterical call to my computer chappie later, he had logged into my computer, done all sorts of clever things and assured me it was all OK. There was still money in my bank account and the world had not ended.
Staples was open til 9pm and the assistant got that I didn’t really care whether it could scan upside down, fax straight from my phone and make the tea at the same time, or that I could order it online and save £10 if I could wait 3 days, I just needed something that would print NOW!
My 2 subcontractors said yes they’d love a few extra hours and we got everything out in time.
A good night’s sleep seemed to work wonders for my son, and hubby eventually reappeared from his trip (and obviously decided it would be a good idea to sort the washing himself!)
So although it was a tough week, I am still so grateful I work for myself. I DO have a great team to support me, I LOVE the flexibility it gives me, I CAN go to all those school events, and the dog and I have very intelligent conversations about complex tax issues!
It’s not always plain sailing, it can be a bit of a rollercoaster, but it’s fun and I wouldn’t have it any other way.