Inspired

inspired

blogged recently about my decision to open up to sponsors here at Did You Make That, and promised some context once the dust had settled. Having realised that the mental dust is not going to settle for many months to come, I thought I’d take the plunge and mention a few changes in my life anyway.

I mean, if you say it on a blog, it has to be real, right. Right?!

It’s not that dramatic or interesting to others, but it’s massive to me. After nearly a quarter of a century in full-time employ, I have decided to leave my current job to launch publishing services in my chosen field.

In any given 24 hours, I am cycling between exhilaration and terror. The terror is good and necessary – it means I’ll plan. The exhilaration is important, too. If you don’t have passion, pack up and go home.

Down the years, whenever I’ve faced professional challenges, I’ve found myself relying on a very simple mantra that goes round in my head. I know I’m a good person and I know I’m a good editor. If I can’t succeed with those two truths behind me, I’m not sure I want another version of success.

Simplistic, yes. Often the best models for life are. But then to back that up – research, research, research. So if you have any advice (and bring on the good and the bad) for the freelance lifestyle, launch in below! I’m a total self-starter. I need my friends around me.

So far, I’ve been blown away by the support, advice and expertise freely shared by the publishing community. I hope you’ll support my decisions, too, though I shan’t share much of the journey here unless it feels pertinent and inspiring. I am intrigued to see how the blog develops when my life changes this summer.

So, these are the reasons I’ve decided to open up to sponsors. There’s a little dog who needs keeping in her favourite dog food! Not to say, a blogger who may not entirely be able to curtail her devotion to making things.

Making things. Let’s see how that one goes, shall we?

Sincere thanks to all the people who read and comment, who have become friends in real life or electronically. I hope you know how important you are.

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153 Responses to Inspired

  1. Fantastic! Excited for you. There’s always more regret in the things we don’t do. I’m sure you’ll do well. From the short time I’ve been following you (about a year – since reading a piece in the Guardian) it’s clear to me that you are extremely canny in many ways beyond what you can do with fabric and thread. Best of luck!

  2. Redhedhels says:

    How exciting! Good luck! I hope you’ll keep us up to date on how you get on, even if only in a general, abstract way.

  3. wakeymakes says:

    Fantastic news. I can’t offer any advice only to remember you are not alone. There is always a friend on this platform. Very best of luck just please don’t disappear K xXx

    • Thanks for the solidarity. I really don’t think I’ll disappear – I believe I’ll need this creative outlet like never before and I’m genuinely excited to see what comes.

  4. How exciting – good for you! A change of any sort is terrifying and refreshing. Went to a talk by Angela Duckworth recently talking about Grit – you’ll be pleased to hear that your Grit score (stickability for the rest of us) increases as you get older so just stick at it and continue to be FAB and successful 🍷

  5. Barbara Griggs says:

    Good luck in your new venture Karen

  6. Good for you and good luck Karen! You will ace it!

  7. kalimak says:

    The best of luck, Karen!

  8. Elle says:

    Yes, yay for your grit!

  9. Jacana says:

    Good Luck Karen – I’m sure all your blog readers are rooting for you in this new venture.

  10. I have no doubt you will succeed! I find you inspirational, interesting and full of wonderful ideas. I have never met you but you sound like a lovely person and from the writing on the blog, you can only be a good editor. Plus, I’m sure you are loved by the publishing world as much as by the sewing community! Best of luck, I’m very happy for you!

  11. Silvia says:

    How exciting! I know everything will work out and you’ll have so many adventures you’d never even thought of. I’m so happy for you!

    My friend Rachael (Herron) just did the same as you (to write full time) her blog is http://rachaelherron.com/blog/ in case you want to read her thoughts. Here’s a link to an article she wrote that’s tangentially about your similar journeys.
    http://the-toast.net/2016/06/06/holding-hope-on-being-a-911-operator/

    All the best and beautiful for you dear girl!

  12. Kathryn Evans says:

    You are 100% right on all counts and because of that. I’m sure you will succeed. I’ve worked for myself pretty much all my working life and the best bit of advice I can give you is try and keep work time and down time separate. You will probably not be able to adhere to this advice. Ever. So instead, weave the two together in a way that works for you. That’s the joy of working for yourself – good luck 🙂 xxx

  13. Jen (NY) says:

    Best of luck, Karen! As someone in a somewhat parallel field, the only semi-universal tip I can offer is to try to have regular free time – like weekends. It can all be an exercise in balancing, but enjoy the adventure!

  14. Cherry says:

    You have chosen this moment and if it feels right you will have nothing to fear. My daughter stepped away from a regular salary cheque some years ago and has never ever regretted it, though she works very hard. But I get that you do too. Be gentle with yourself though – your sewing will be a good counterbalance. Good luck!

  15. stitchesoftime says:

    Good luck with your new venture, no useful advice as have never gone freelance but I wish you all the best and hope that you have an great time. I admire your determination and your inspiration.

  16. Gayle says:

    Congratulations. I started my own business a few years back, it’s lots of work but very rewarding. Keep a good support group around you and plan a budget. If possible, have several months stashed away so you don’t have to fret for a bit.

  17. oonaballoona says:

    i was just talking about you today, and my need to shower you with compliments every time i see you because I ONLY SPEAK THE TRUTH. OFTEN IN LOUD TONES. YOU ARE AWESOME.

  18. megan says:

    Congratulations! I’m sure it will be the best thing ever. You wouldn’t be human if you weren’t terrified and questioning your decision. I admire your courage for following your dream. Very best of luck.

  19. Charlotte says:

    Exciting times! Best of luck, I have no doubt you’ll make a success of it.

  20. Michelle says:

    Good luck with your life changes! As someone who worked from home, on creative pursuits for $$, I can say that you need to schedule your day. Schedule lunch breaks. Include a cup of coffee when you go out to the post office. And keep your social network close, because you will really miss the social interaction of an office! More than you think you will!

  21. elliemae28 says:

    Go for it. You have the skill and passion for this adventure. Looking forward to hearing about your future success. Best of luck.

  22. Maureen says:

    I was self-employed for 7 years (gave it up to work back onshore and now a very mature postgrad instead) and the one thing I always kept on top of was accounts and legalities. HMRC and Co don’t back away because you’ve been busy. Add submission dates to your diary now for when accounts and documentation are due and save every single receipt in a safe place. It doesn’t need to be complex, an Excel spreadsheet will do, but it’s worth being ultraorganised as the late submission fees can rack up quickly. An old-fashioned wallplanner is very useful indeed! Good luck!

    • My father would love you for this advice! (He’s an accountant.) Great and important advice. Thank you.

      • Maureen says:

        And stick to the value you set for your services! I’m sure you’re well aware of the market value for your skills and experience so don’t be feart (“frightened” for non-Scots!) if placing yourself in the upper bracket of that market. If you discount now, purely to keep the income stream going, then you’ll find it very difficult to up your rates in the future as clients get used with paying a certain price and don’t see why they should pay more because you didn’t quote that the last time. You have a value and you are worth it. Costing the intangibles (e.g. admin time for tasks/jobs, travel time, etc) is an important part of the rates you set as they’re not obviously chargeable but if you haven’t covered them then the time everything takes won’t be accounted for, your costings will be inaccurate and your income will suffer as a result. It’s not the most exciting advice but it is the things that can really stress you out if you have any leaner times. I had to contend with periods of nothing for 3-4 months at a time (oil industry fluctuates a lot, especially when you’re a sub-contractor) so making sure I had generated a base income previously that valued my knowledge, experience and time appropriately helped to cushion things for a bit. I remember a lassie saying how she was having trouble selling at a craft fair and instead of dropping her prices she doubled them and sales picked up as it made her pieces more valuable – sounded like a decent plan to me!

  23. Tanya says:

    So exciting for you. Wishing you loads of luck in this next chapter and look forward to hearing how it unfolds. So life affirming to see the outpouring of love and support here for you.

  24. Naomi Ironwing says:

    Is there anywhere you have journalled about your journey and the steps you took to embark on your solo flight? I for one have always wanted to fly solo, but haven’t the first clue how to get into any work that is related to the publishing industry. Don’t think I can just put up a website saying “hey, I can proof and edit for you!” and expect clients to roll in.

    • No, no journal of the journey, I’m afraid. Contacts count for a lot and I think I can only explore this stage because of the 24 years’ of working in my field.

  25. Peta Louise says:

    Congratulations on your decision Karen – I am so excited for you!! As someone who is self-employed, I can honestly say it is scary sometimes but it is so worth it to be able to do work that you are passionate about in the way that you think it should be done. I guess the only advice I can give is to believe in yourself, in the skills you know you have, and in the value of the services you have to offer. I wish you all the best on your new adventure and hope it brings you the fulfilment and success you are hoping for!

  26. That is really exciting! Best of wishes in all you do.

  27. Clair McLaughlin says:

    Congratulations and best of luck! So exciting!

  28. lisa g says:

    Congrats on starting a new venture! Wishing you all the best!

  29. Anna K Vaughn says:

    If this blog has not proven to you what you are capable of, I don’t know what will. You have inspired so many of us to pick up the craft we learned in junior high and for me that was in 1972. You reminded me of my first love and how much I missed it. I actually brought my machine with me on my 10 week summer break as a new nursing professor. I am only one of your thousands of followers who look to you for inspiration. I look forward to following you in this new endeavor as well. Just make sure you have time to sew and knit.

  30. MarjorieTrundle says:

    Congratulations on being brave enough to follow your dream. You have know you are good at what you do and I am sure you are as you wouldn’t be where you are today. Life is too short to get stuck in a place of regret, so I am sending you my very best for your new venture and I hope it fulfills your dream and fills the bowl that your little doggie eats from.

  31. brendamarksstudio says:

    Yay! Best wishes in your new venture.

  32. fabrickated says:

    Well done Karen. Everyone I know who has left a steady job to work for themselves or set up a business has been more successful, some hugely so, as a result. If you are good, and you work hard you will succeed and not only will you feel more content, all the work you do will contribute to your own success and wealth, rather than enriching someone else. You have created a loyal, engaged and appreciative following here and I am sure you have, or will have, the same sort of following in your professional world. Go for it – you have nothing to lose.

  33. Michele Hart says:

    I wish you all the luck on your new path. How exciting.

  34. Marie Noelle says:

    What an exiting news. Good luck.

  35. Mags says:

    Well done, and lots of good wishes. There is some great advice above. The only extra I might add is be reasonable about what work you take. I used to take everything offered, worried there night not be any work in the future or that if I refused I wouldn’t be asked again. This meant no work life balance! Wonder how this will effect your wardrobe choices? Take care.

    • That’s a great point about what to take on! Indeed, wardrobe choices will be interesting. I’ll still need to have a lot of outward facing meetings, so it may not be onesies all the way quite yet!

  36. ooobop says:

    So pleased for you Karen. And welcome to the wonderful world of fantastic freelancers where you’ll find a bunch of happy, though none-the-less hardworking (of course), independent and supportive ‘co-workers’. You are never alone. Especially in publishing. The first step is the scariest but the butterflies therafter are those of pure excitement and joy. Onwards and rocket-bound my lovely! xxx

  37. Oh my goodness, I’m so excited for you! Congratulations on taking the plunge, which is surely the hardest part. As an editor myself (although with nowhere near your level of awesome!) I find this super exciting and interesting! Good luck with it all! If I might be so bold, I’d be fascinated on any work-related updates you post, although I appreciate that you may not want to discuss them on the blog!

    Congratulations again, I wish you all the very best with it!

  38. Nicola says:

    As a long time fan of your blog I’m so excited to read about your new plans. I started reading your posts a few years ago when I rediscovered my love of making and I’m constantly inspired, encouraged and amused by them. I left full time employment 8 years ago and became a self employed complementary therapist, a complete change of direction and yes, exhilarating and terrifying by turns but I have never once regretted my decision. I almost didn’t comment as you have already received so much wisdom and support but I felt I had to, as a way of saying thanks for the enjoyment and advice I’ve taken from your posts over the years! Go for it! Go for it fearlessly! Enjoy every minute of knowing that you are in control and more than capable of success and if in doubt, look to your blog posts, your beautiful makes, the followers you have inspired and think ‘I did make that!’. Always, always make time for yourself though, keep a happy balance. Very best of luck, I will look forward to reading about your progress.

  39. I read a quote by Elle McPherson yesterday that seems wholly appropriate. “Take the leap and the net will appear”. It worked well for her. I’m sure it will for you too.

  40. Good luck Karen – exciting times for you! Many years ago someone I barely knew gave me the following quote, which I think you will benefit from (I certainly did at the time and have often referred back to it over the years) – “Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. The whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: ‘Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.’ ” I’ll look forward to hearing about your progress – please do post updates on your blog and good luck with sponsors – your feed is ripe for support!

  41. Ann Marshall says:

    Good luck Karen! It sounds like a wonderful new future for you.

  42. JaneyB says:

    Good luck Karen! I have no doubt that you will be successful in your new venture. I’ve done some freelance work in the past and I think one of the most important things is to believe in yourself and, although money is not the be all and the end all of everything, don’t underestimate what your efforts are worth. Also, don’t wear pyjamas all the time if you’re working from home, it can become a habit!

  43. sarahel says:

    I can’t add much to the wisdom and support you’ve already received, but I’m a long term reader and admirer of your posts. In the sea of blogs you seem to have a unique and well considered voice. I admire your courage and wish you joy from this change

  44. Sarah says:

    I can’t add to the wisdom and support you’ve already received, except to say that I’m a long term reader and admirer of your posts. In a sea of blogs yours stands out and you seem to have a unique voice. I admire your courage and wish you joy from this change.

  45. Jackie F says:

    Good luck to you ! I LOVE your style of writing, very inspiring and down to earth, love your pics too !

  46. shivani says:

    how exciting (and how brave of you!)! Best of luck with it Karen.

  47. How exciting Karen! I wish you every success and am sure it will come your way. My advice would be to get yourself into a routine and try to establish regular working hours. When working for yourself it’s really easy just to work all of the time at any given hour and it’s not healthy. It’s hard when you feel like there’s lots to do but it’s important to take regular time out so you can come back to it fresh. And also for your sanity! Also a boring one but keep on top of receipts and expenses, will make tax time SO much easier!

  48. Janet says:

    I have no particular advice to offer you, as I know nothing about publishing! But, from one who has taken the plunge away from paid employment to go it alone and set something up, I say go for it. Six years ago, with three pre-school aged kids, me and my husband decided to set up a school – he was the only one out of the two of us working, and I egged him on to quit his job and see if it was possible, thinking, the worst that happens is it fails, and we drain our savings trying. Many sleepless nights and tough times along the way later, we have a school that is oversubscribed. I think it has certainly driven us both to our limits at times, but I am glad we took the plunge and stuck around to find out the art of the possible on chasing a dream. I love what you said about your mantra and holding to your values. Our mantra for the school is work hard and be nice. And, for us, when things go pear shaped, to remind ourselves that no one’s died. Good luck. And, please keep blogging – your blog is one of two I make a point of reading every post for.

  49. Sarah says:

    Hello Karen, a long time reader of your blog here! I think you’ve already done some of the hardest part, and that’s making the decision! Many of my ex-colleagues now work freelance (I used to work in publishing and now in the arts) and the majority have never looked back. I hope you keep making too though, I need my blog inspiration from fellow sewists! Sarah x

  50. Marie Roche says:

    I wish you well in your new adventure. I am certain that you will succeed. Your desire and enthusiasm to pursue your new goals will enable you to get there.

    Marie

  51. suzy roberts says:

    Good Luck…and go for it. I left my stable job in London when I was 28 (much to my parents´ dismay) and launched a successful business I grew and loved. I have no regrets. 13 years later I sold the business and we moved here to sunny Andalucia, where we, and our adopted dogs and cat, have a wonderful life and I am a teacher (so on my third career). Just saying it´s great to take life into your own hands. You´ll be a success – that´s obvious – and will work hard, but will have more control.

  52. Leslie says:

    How exciting — congratulations on such courage and joie de vivre!

  53. shaewc says:

    So very brave of you! I have full confidence in your success!

  54. Amie M says:

    Wonderful luck as you pursue things that make you happy! Sponsorship is alright, just keep it true to what interests you.

    I look forward to see what partnerships you uncover, so we can keep tabs on Ella and your sewing mistress.

  55. Hélène says:

    Best of luck, Karen! It’s my (our) bet that your new venture will be a hit. You’re one of the best sewing bloggers on earth right now mainly because you’re fun, bright and authentic. So many lovely followers can’t go wrong.

  56. Julie says:

    Such exciting times, good luck – you’re gonna be fab!

  57. Sara Noemi says:

    Best of luck! If you weren’t a least a little scared, you’d be kidding yourself. =)

  58. Ana says:

    Congratulations!!! I’m sure you’ll do great. I’m not self-employed, so I don’t have any practical advice, but the old believing in your gut instinct still works.

  59. Morag says:

    Exciting and scary times. But you will be Fab-U-Lous. A huge Bravo!

  60. Mary says:

    I am full of admiration. Cheering you on from across the Pond. Best of luck—not that you need luck when you have mad skills and determination.

  61. Deb says:

    Best wishes Karen. I wish you would share your journey, I think it would be really interesting.

  62. Sheree says:

    Just from reading your posts over the last few years I know you will make this work. You have all the right qualities to succeed. Funny how that is obvious from a blog, but it requires a lot of thought and organising to make such an entertaining and popular one.
    I have been self-employed most of my working life. Without doubt, it is something that I have been very grateful for. Makes for a hard-working, but wonderful life.

  63. janey2013 says:

    Wow, exciting times indeed! Best of luck with the new adventure! No advice to offer as If I worked from home for myself I would live in my pyjamas and eat cake all day, so maybe that’s my advice – don’t do that!

  64. Robin says:

    If you find you need a pick-me-up, come back and retread these comments, because they will give you a boost!
    Best of luck then, because you already have everything you need to be as successful as you wish.

  65. Really loads of luck, Karen. It takes (lady) balls of steel to make the decision to go it alone and I am glad that you have got a lot of support and encouragement in your field. You seem to really have the mental attitude to succeed, and I think that is really what it takes. Wishing you lots of publishing success. Xx

  66. Best of luck to you, Karen! I don’t know a thing about the publishing world so I can’t offer any tips or advice. But with all the success and experience under your belt, and your passion, intelligence, drive and attitude, I can’t imagine you’ll do anything but shine brightly! xx

  67. Taja says:

    Congratulations!

    It’s a difficult decision to make–leaving a steady income and the known for a dream and the unknown. But incredibly satisfying!

    I’ve done it twice–once when I was too young to know better (it was an incredible journey that lasted 12 years) and again just a few years later when I wasn’t able to find employment that inspired or satisfied me (another decade on a wonderful journey). Hoping to follow your example in two years or so. I am slowly laying the groundwork for a new enterprise–a completely different approach for me!

    I thoroughly enjoy your blog and hope you’ll share at least some of your journey with us. I don’t comment often–working 50+ hours weekly plus the groundwork previously mentioned keep me out of mischief most of the time. I expect you’ll be able to continue your joy of making things and providing for Ella–and then some!

  68. J K Willliams says:

    You are such a dear!!
    Your spirit, creativity, work ethic and drive are apparent in your posts.
    Also your warmth, love and caring. (Just ask your puppy about that last thought).
    And you are a bang up writer!
    This next chapter – how exciting! You are going to learn about business and about something even more important, You!
    Freelance for a chapter or two of your life, or maybe forever. It’s not like you can’t become an employee again with a larger scope of skills should your heart direct you back there.
    Your business will most likely grow and evolve in ways you would have never predicted!
    Somewhere in there, a book with your name on it!?
    Work, rest, sew, spend time with those you love and who love you…
    Enjoy the ride!

  69. Sheryll says:

    Congratulations Karen! Sometimes taking the plunge is the hard part, but you know when it is right. I wish you every success!

  70. Yay Karen! This is exciting news and I’m happy you shared! I wish you every success! Me…I’m still sorting out what I want to be when I grow up, LOL. You…you’ve done your homework, your groundwork…all systems GO!

  71. Penny Dolan says:

    Karen, from having met you a couple of times in the past, I can only send my good wishes and say that I’m convinced that if anyone could make a go of freelance life, it will be you! I really enjoy reading your blog – even though i have not yet got as far as doing a single recent stitch – but every entry shows you to be positive, organised, industrious, good at problem-solving, having heaps of stick-at-it-ability and a good sense of design and colour, as well as being clear-headed when it matters, friendly and approachable. And you have a lovely dog to make you get out of the house and maintain a fine figure (rather than collapse into a desperate freelance couch-blob!) How can you not succeed? Meanwhile, here’s wishing you lashings of good luck.! Onward!

  72. Janome Gmone says:

    Fantastic news. I love anyone doing their own thing, whatever it single them.
    I’ve been freelance for 13 years now.

    I reckon flex the flex for starters, aka skive. This is the hardest one and obviously totally counterintuitive but bear with me. You have to make sure you make the best of this new world, not take the worst of the previous one while accepting the difficulties of this one. So, really flex the new muscles of this one. Probably flexibility and perhaps some other aspects. It feels initially like you’d need stacks of discipline and ought probably not to work in Pyjamas or you might slide into some kind of Young Ones life before you know it. But you won’t. I promise. The drive will take care of that. So make sure you make the most if not being your own boss and book a holiday in September when everyone else hasnthenlongest calendar stretch til theirs, work in Pyjamas if it feels indulgent, do five days work in three days then take the rest of the week off. Even turn down work if you can and want or at least consider it because it’s your decision now. Sounds bonkers, but it’s worth really remembering play the good side for all its worth. That’s how you not only balance out the new pros and cons, but enjoy the new life. Enjoy!

    Also, replace your commute with something to mark the end of the day. I realized cooking dinner does that for me. The evening dog walk could work.

    Your rooftop breaks are important to you, I’ve noticed on Instagram. Not just not working, but the knitting and the view and the change of space. Got an equivalent?

    See people. We remember to plan dinners and drinks and stuff, but it’s easy to go without replacing the general chatter and banter of being surrounded by people in an office. That B level social thing needs to happen. Social media is ok. Rambling (as well as newsy informative) Skypes with family, the more sociable dog walks etc.

    Buy some beautiful new stationary and desk stuff. New start, new notebooks. Everyone know that though…

    Have fun!

    • Thank you so much! Some sage advice here. Yes, those rooftop breaks are important to me as is the social side of the office. Agreed that I should find alternatives. And I really like your advice to take some time for time out. I’m gonna do that! It has to be one of the benefits of the freelance lifestyle, surely!

  73. amcclure2014 says:

    I’m late to reply (just started reading my blog posts again after daughter’s wedding). I don’t have advice for you that hasn’t already been given – this is to wish you the best.

  74. Ruth says:

    I’m a long-time reader of your blog, but don’t tend to comment. I suspect you’ve had all the advice you need in the previous comments, but just wanted to say: I became a freelance editor and writer 7 years ago, and while it was terrifying to begin with, I can now see how brilliant being freelance was. It was tough at times, because I have young children which combined with short deadlines meant I sometimes had little sleep and much stress, but I loved being my own boss, and it always seemed meant to be – when I needed/wanted work, it was offered to me, I never had to go out and look for it. There were quieter patches, but over time I gained the confidence to realise that more work would come in, and in the meantime I should enjoy the downtime/catch up on sleep :o) I’m now back in full-time employment, which has its advantages, but I do miss being my own boss. Good luck!

  75. Janet says:

    Best of luck from a fellow freelancer/business owner – you have the drive, so you should do well. Best tip I was given? Invest in the tech that makes your life easier (by your definition of easier, not anyone else’s).

  76. Jessica says:

    Congratulations and welcome to the world of freelancing! Sounds like you’ve got a good support system and great contacts in your industry. Lots of great tips – one I’ve found super helpful is that I have a group of 3 writer/editor friends who meet up weekly to “cowork” at a coffee shop in the morning, followed by lunch, followed by an afternoon session at the library. My friend calls it the highlight of his week; I find it helps structure my week.

    I’m a freelance writer and editor, so if you ever want to chat off-line about stuff, let me know :-).

    (ignore the email listed here, WordPress is being weird – my first name [dot]j[dot]yen[at]gmail :-).)

  77. Congratulations on making the jump. It is perhaps the biggest challenge. As the wife of someone who works for themselves I can offer the following observations/advice. The flexibility that working for yourself provides can change your life – and the lives of those around you. You can work from anywhere, you can work as fast or slow as you like (and if you are more efficient than the average person in your field, make sure you charge for the worth of the project and not necessarily just how long it will take YOU to do it), you can fit housework into the working day which frees up weekends (I hardly ever have to do housework as my husband gets it done whilst ‘working’), no longer are your pets left home alone all day long (I no longer have to walk dogs at 6am as they get walked by my husband at whatever time of day suits him and the weather is best, there is an open door policy which means the dogs wander in and out as they please), you can charge part of your utilities and your car to the business, you can turn down work that doesn’t interest you, you can fit your hobby in to the best part of the day (differs for all-my husband cycles so the time of day he rides depends on the season).
    Keep on top of your accounting and know the rules – it’s amazing what can trigger an audit (and it’s not always because you’ve done something wrong or made a mistake); it’s hard not to stress about the level of work you’ve got (too much, too little) but it always seems to work out in the long run; be conservative with spending in the initial years and get tax planning advice before the EOFY (there are interesting things your accountant can do with your ‘wage’ to minimise tax-all legal of course); get out and network, it’s good for socialising but also ensures your contacts remain current (it’s amazing how many clients will go with the schmooze, the person that does the big sell, and not necessarily to the person that does the job best); keep up to date with business issues (for us rules around superannuation change periodically, as does workers comp, quarterly reporting, etc).
    So there’s a very long post for you. I hope there is something of value in it. Best of luck.

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