There are a lot of advantages to working for yourself. But there are some big disadvantages, too. For one thing, there’s no one responsible but you should times get tough. Secondly, it’s awfully hard to turn off the workweek.
There’s always one more thing to do before shutting off the computer at the end of the day. It can play havoc with people’s personal lives. It can even endanger a marriage.
And it’s even worse in today’s struggling economy, at least according to this story in the Wall Street Journal. The self-employed are worried that they’ll miss a big contract or a financially strong deal, so they’re more afraid then ever to take vacations or long weekends. It all adds up to nonstop work.
We all know that there’s nothing fun about working all the time. Sure, there are people who thrive on working long hours, who dedicate the majority of their lives to business. But what if that business fails? What are these folks left with?
That’s a scary thought for any dedicated self-employed professional. Unfortunately, in today’s gasping economy, a growing number of self-employed consultants, writers and business owners are facing that very question.