In the past I have often had people telling me that I would make a lot more money if I worked outside of the home, perhaps in an office or a supermarket. They are probably right, especially as being self-employed means that you have no pension, sick pay, maternity pay, holiday pay or regular income. However, for me it has been a fantastic thing to do for many reasons.
No set working hours
Having the flexibility of no set working hours has been really great for me. It would be difficult to get used to having to work set hours again after so many years of not doing so. I think that being able to go where I want when I want so that I can shop and visit people when I like is so fantastic. There are disadvantages as you can end up working evenings and weekends, but i feel that this is a small price to pay.
Get properly rewarded for hard work
I feel that my hard work is properly rewarded working for myself. I can see the pattern in that the harder I work, the more return I get. i think that this can be rare if you work in industry as efforts are often not noticed or rewarded.
In control of what you do
I love being in control of what I do. this means that i am able to decide exactly what I do and when. If I do not like particular customers, I can just refuse to work for them. If I do not like certain types of work, I will not take it on. There is never this flexibility when working for an employer.
Can be at home with the children
The fact that I can be home in holidays, before and after school and when my children are unwell means the world to me. I started working from home before they were born, which means that I had a well established business and working pattern. This suited me really well and meant that I could continue with it and always be there for them. Even if I do not earn very much, my husband appreciates the fact that we do not have to pay for a child minder. He also appreciates that I have the time to cook them healthy meals from scratch, make him a healthy lunch and clean the home.