It’s all down to you
All images by The Little Red Door
Working for yourself means that your success directly correlates with how much work you put in.
I LOVE this.
It means we see results in our efforts and know that the great things we do, the new clients or customers we secure, the connections we make, the help we give others- is all down to us.
When you are your own boss, you can decide who you want to collaborate with, if you want to change your product offering or your brand image.
It’s all down to you.
Of course with this freedom there is a downside.
Mess-ups are also down to you. Even if you are at the stage where you have a team working for and with you, you will be held accountable (rightly so) for what they do right or worse what they do wrong.
If something goes wrong, if your product doesn’t work, if your customer isn”t happy, then it’s also, by default, down to you.
Self-employment is overwhelming at times. There is always something to be done and there never seems to be enough hours in a day. Setting boundaries and managing your time can be hard when you have your own business, especially if you work from home.
I often find myself checking my emails from my phone right before I go to bed or sneaking in Twitter replies when I’m cooking dinner.
I was told by a wise man once (aka my husband) that in order to be productive you need to get enough rest. I’m only just starting to understand what he meant.
It can be hard to let go but it is possible to have a work life balance even if it means some days are more ‘work’ and the other days are more ‘life’. I’m personally taking steps to change my working practices so I can be the best me for my family, my business and myself.
If you are struggling to fit it all in at the moment, you are not alone! We can make the changes necessary and even though this might mean growing our businesses more slowly, it will be worth it in the long run.
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Don’t you just love these miniature houses and televisions by The Little Red Door? Wouldn’t the ‘grow’ set be prefect for a home office? They also make the perfect little favours for weddings. Gorgeous. Isa x