You assume a lot of things about me, when you dont work from home, I'm the one who gets to roll out of bed and into her office in her pjs, wait my life is like a summer holiday right.
And Im sure if you asked my partner he would suggest that I shop, have coffee catch ups and brunch dates everyday, pretty much a permanent weekend right?!
If Im honest, it is kinda like that, well sorta. I remember the first few weeks when i started to fully work from home. It was like going to bed and waking up on christmas morning, every morning. I now worked for the best boss in the world, ME!
While I can admit that the transition was easier than filling up an entire shopping cart at Kmart in ten minutes flat, there were a lot of things that no one ever prepared me for. It would have been great to have a book for dummies for those who are transitioning into the full-time, work form home entrepreneurs.
The first few days were filled with lots of workouts, scrolling social media, coffee dates with my mum and friends who also worked for themselves.
I was filled with so much happiness and freedom that I hadn't fully had time to think about what this new life would actually look like.
So im here to share with you what it really is like to be your own boss:
Your world : Population One.
You imagine bottles of champagne, jet setting, hanging with celebrities and all your friends and co-workers whenever anything awesome happens but the truth is you are now the only invite to the company party.
Get used to celebrating with a mini little 1 min happy dance and crying through failures on the floor with a glass of wine at 2pm on a Tuesday.
You learn to talk to anything
Your pets, apples, oranges, the next door neighbour, the post man.
Suddenly you are a kid again, making friends with invisible friends and treating your dogs like the guy from HR. Any interaction outside of your own existence becomes exciting, because goodbye are the days of eating lunch with your work friends.
You’ll probably gain weight
In my case I went from being on the gym floor full time to seeing clients in a clinic to sitting around in my shorts and a sedentary lifestyle of recipe creating all day (which you must taste all at once). For you it may be that you no longer run around the office in your high heels anymore.
What exactly day you do?
This becomes the hardest question to ever answer outside of Nutritional Biochemistry that Ive ever been asked. It used to be so easy to answer, but suddenly you are now trying to explain and defend your career to the mail man you have befriended. You have learnt to speak in paragraphs, not sentences in order to explain what the heck your dreams are and what you do all day everyday.
You quit the real world job so you could work less
You know… to hang out at the beach more, workout more and just be busy chasing your dreams from the couch. Wrong!
Get ready to work from 7am-9pm… wait, that’s 14 hours, yup.
Us entrepreneurs, we have an extra bone in our body known as 'hustle' which forces us to become workaholics. The best part is that you’ll work 80 hours for yourself rather than 40 for someone else every week.
You’ll never wear real clothes again
Your laundry will be a huge combo of cotton and lycra. Pretty much what mine has been most of my working life. But you’ll suddenly ditch your corporate outfit and forget what real clothes are as you start to live in your workout gear or summer beach attire.
You do however get very excited whenever you are give an excuse to wear normal clothes and head out.
You'll definitely throw the towel in at least twice.
Somewhere along the way you will question absolutely everything: the career, the dreams, the rollercoaster that comes with your new found life.
You will cry bucket loads of tears thinking you cant possibly continue, heck you’ll even daydream about what it would be like to go back to the real world, and get a 'real job' and not have to think too much but then you’ll wake up and remember why you are doing this and that you get to do what you love every single day.
Its absolutely worth it!
Being able to work from home, doing what you love, making money from your passion, you are truly, so blessed. Remember on the bad days that its all worth it.
Be grateful, remember your happiness and laugh at those who dont get it, those who think you just live the luxury life (well sometimes you do) and know that you are so blessed to be able to create a life on your own terms. What you are doing is not easy and you are kicking butt at it, even when it feels like youre not!
If you have a dream and the passion to start your own business or create your own brand, go do it. It’s so fulfilling, challenging and non-stop inspiring. Be ready and willing to put in the long hours. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Failure, doubts and judgement are all part of the journey, but I can promise you that in the end, it’s all worth it.
I’m here loving and supporting you and all of your crazy, big dreams.