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The Challenges Of Being Self-Employed

Anne is a writer with a passion for self-expression and publishing.

A Two Way Road

The decision to be employed by a company or self-employed is often a challenge that many face every single day, especially in the more uncertain times we have been facing now.

The decision to be employed by a company or self-employed is often a challenge that many face every single day, especially in the more uncertain times we have been facing now.

How Did I Get Here?

I didn't always think I would be self-employed. I also didn't really expect to become a self-employed worker so quickly, but things have a way of happening when they happen; it's called life. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I was a teacher and had been teaching for about eight years. Unfortunately, the pressures that came along with the pandemic and the regulations, some of which were not being followed properly and/or there was confusion in the education system on how to follow through and move forward during a pandemic cause me to leave the teaching field entirely. It wasn't the magical ending that I had always envisioned, either. I always thought to myself that I when I left, it would be because I had become a wildly successful author and had made lots of money publishing my books. It was far from that. Instead, I left the teaching field and have since been juggling my time between Uber, Doordash, Instacart, and Hubpages. I guess I would say my dream---my end goal, would to be able to just be a freelance writer for Hubpages and start working on self-publishing my novels. But alas, bills must be paid, I must be able to live, to eat, etc, so, in the meantime, I decided to be a delivery driver. It's not the most glamorous thing in the world, but it pays the bills. I have a Master's degree and yet all of my hard work has ended me back where I started from, working a job that requires no type of educational background to be competent in. Some may say that I must feel so ashamed and embarrassed to have done that, but in all honestly, all I can say is that I made the right choice for myself and my mental health. Yes, I have had some hard times financially since then. Yes, I am struggling right now, but I am working through it on my own time, and with my own plan. I guess the purpose of this article, then, is to share with you my experience and ideas about being a self-employed person, including the pros and cons that come with the job.

Finances

A big challenge that self-employed workers face is finances, especially when it comes to state and federal taxes.

A big challenge that self-employed workers face is finances, especially when it comes to state and federal taxes.

This Is Your Time

One of the things I love most about working for myself is the fact that I can decide when I work and for how long. Granted, I don't get paid time off, so I do have to account for that in my monthly finances and budgets, but I still like having the flexibility to go out and work when I want to. It takes a lot less pressure off of the day. Something else I like is the fact that I feel like I am building up my dreams and successes from the ground up; I'm not relying on anyone else's evaluation or critique of my work because I am in charge of my own success. This is my time to make the most or least out of it, and the same goes to you if you decide to join the world of the self-employed.

Motivation Is A Struggle

Although there are some good things about working for yourself, one of the biggest challenges I face is the fact that I have to be motivated and ready to get to work for hours at a time during the day. When I was a teacher, it was easy for me to follow the same schedule every single day like clockwork, but working for myself is totally different. I often don't even set my alarm clock and just get up when I want to start my day. That can feel awesome at first, but when you go out to work later than usual, you start realizing that you will be behind on everything you wanted to do in the day. Sometimes that can be frustrating, but I always come back the next day ready to face any challenges ahead of me and with a better outlook. (Also, with an extra cup of coffee to keep me going!)

Many More Opportunities

I will say that once you are working for yourself, you will find that you have many more opportunities and much more time to devote to the things you love and other ways to make income each month. Now that I am self-employed it is even more important than ever that I have a few side hustles going along with my main source of income to keep me afloat. I often do surveys for some extra cash, continue writing on my Hubpages account, and do some livestreaming. These things in the past have help me earn a little bit of extra cash, but nothing substantial yet. That being said, it's always nice to be able to have a little extra cash in your pocket at the end of the month.

Stick With It

You must be bold, innovative, creative, and smart to plan ahead, take action, and achieve your goals if you plan on working for yourself.

You must be bold, innovative, creative, and smart to plan ahead, take action, and achieve your goals if you plan on working for yourself.

Future Planning

I think the biggest and most important thing to think about when you are self employed is, where do you want to take this? What are your future goals? Where do you aspire to be two, five, eight years from now? These are all important questions, and it's especially important for you to come up with some kind of plan of action for that sooner rather than later. My main focus is to continue my writing in the hopes that eventually, I'll be able to supplement my delivery income with just my writing income each month. It seems like a hard goal, but I know I have it in me to get there!

Conclusion

Some of the biggest challenges the self-employed face are motivation, financial insecurity, and time management, but if you have the right attitude, mindset, and planning, you can achieve all the goals you wish to and still work for yourself. If there is one thing I have learned from this experience so far, it's that every day is an experiment, and nothing is absolutely guaranteed. You have to work twice as hard to get where you want to be, but if you really, truly want it, you can achieve all of your dreams!

Comments

Anne Marie Carr (author) from Richmond, VA on June 11, 2021:

Thank you so much, and thanks for reading!

Anne Marie Carr (author) from Richmond, VA on June 11, 2021:

Thank you! I always try to be more of an optimist with things even when times are tough.

Anne Marie Carr (author) from Richmond, VA on June 11, 2021:

Thank you so much!

Anne Marie Carr (author) from Richmond, VA on June 11, 2021:

Thanks so much!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 10, 2021:

Ann Carr, Firstly you have changed your profile pic and I like it. You share a lot about being self-employed and does work for most of us. I hope you well, thank you

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 09, 2021:

I like your attitude. Working for yourself has both it's pros and cons, the income isn't always steady but you can adjust your work around your other commitments. Thanks for sharing your story.

Rawan Osama from Egypt on June 09, 2021:

Well written

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on June 09, 2021:

I have to agree that even with a degree doing what you like and liking what you are doing is far more important than pleasing those who may be judging you. I applaud you.

Blessings,

Denise

Anne Marie Carr (author) from Richmond, VA on June 09, 2021:

Thanks for reading both of you! I appreciate it!

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on June 09, 2021:

Well-written!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 08, 2021:

You have put it in an inspiring way. Thanks.

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