Wednesday, February 03, 2010
When you're in an office away from home for eight to 12 hours a day, there are expenses you forget to anticipate when you make the shift to working from home. Like bottled water (though I usually brought my own bottled water to the office - have you ever seen the results from a bacterial culture performed on the water spigot of the office water supply?). Kleenex. Or ... the other kind of tissue. :)
I work longer and harder now, more than ever. Often, the last person out of the office would stop by and let me know they were leaving (or vice versa - and I was often the last, or second to the last, person to leave), which reminded me to close up shop and go home! I used to work hard/long because I believed I needed to earn my salary. Now I work long/hard in order to generate income! So, even though my kitties remind me every evening to wrap things up and feed them, after dinner is served all around, I have to remind them that I need to earn their kibbles, so back to work I go. :)
Knitting was once my hobby - a way to relax after a very long day at work. I still don't get to knit as much as I'd like, because creating and designing can actually be a small part of your handmade/indie business, with other necessary things to do, like finances, marketing, photography/listing, contracts and other legal stuff, order fulfillment, production, testing new ideas, sourcing supplies (and better deals on supplies), researching potential new accounts for wholesale/consignment (and contacting them), etc. I'm hoping to actually KNIT tonight, thought it will be knitting in order to test a new pattern I'm nearly finished drafting. I'm also focused this month on patterns and prepping for Stitches West (whee!)!
I don't know if there's ever a point where an entrepreuner, particularly of the tiny/indie biz ilk, gets to relax, sit back, and say, "there, I can now comfortably relax while the money rolls in." I gladly volunteer to be a test subject for that! But knowing me, I would just find something else to occupy that time.
All of that said, I am filling my gas tank less than once a month (WOW and YAY), saving HUGE amounts on things like cosmetics and hairspray, eating healthier (no snack machine to tempt me), and in charge of my own destiny. Being the boss of me is more than kind of awesome. THAT said ... I wonder how hard I'll be on myself with my annual evaluation. :P
Posted by Brenda at 8:04 PM