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21 Everyday Struggles Self-Employed People Deal With

Sure, being your own boss can be fun, but sometimes it's a drag.

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1. Having to check our emails during holidays or on our days off.

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If we actually take a holiday to try and relax, we often spend it worrying that we'll lose out on business so end up checking our emails anyway.

2. Because some customers or clients expect us to be available 24/7.


When it's not needy friends DMing us, some customers expect to be able to call at 7am or 11pm and have us answer their questions RIGHT NOW, thanks to the world of big business customer service.


5. Sometimes getting distracted really easily.

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Without a boss breathing over our shoulder and a whole world of fun things to look at online/outside the window/anywhere but your work, it's way too easy to lose an entire afternoon.

7. Friends thinking we're free to talk all the time on social media and getting annoyed if we don't reply.


Just because we don't work in an office and can set our own hours doesn't mean we're sat twiddling our thumbs waiting for our bestie to message us.


11. Dealing with imposter syndrome.

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Even the most successful self employed people get it, that feeling that it's all been a fluke and someone will discover that you're actually just a worried child after all.


13. People trying to get freebies.

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You wouldn't walk into Topshop and take something off the shelf and walk out without paying, yet small business owners often get friends or acquaintances trying to blag something for nothing.

14. So. Many. Invoices.

Then chasing those invoices. GIMME THE MONEY.


16. Trying to accept complaints and criticism. / DGC

Constructive criticism is essential, but sometimes people just seem to enjoy bitching and when the business is our baby it can be hard not to take it personally.

17. Trying not to let health and fitness fall by the wayside.

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Especially if we work from home, we often check our step monitor and find that we've walked less than 1,000 steps that day (and most of those were to the kitchen and back for more snacks.)

18. Some family and friends asking when we're going to get a "real job".

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This is especially true if we make our living via the internet. The older generation sometimes seem to think that if it doesn't involve a bricks and mortar office then it doesn't equal work.


Note: This post is based on one person's experience.