I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Employment vs. Self-Employment

Occa­sion­ally I’ll come across an art­icle on the inter­net that I find myself read­ing more than once. Usu­ally it’s because the piece res­on­ates deeply with me, but some­times it’s because it’s some­thing I want to be able to write myself. In this instance it’s just that, a piece I would like to be able to write in a years time, but with my own perspective.
In a piece about Employ­ment vs. Self-Employ­ment Gar­ret Dimon wrote this paragraph.

Being self-employed is great. And it’s not so great. Like any­thing, there are tradeoffs. For you, the tradeoffs may be worth it. Or, they might not. Or, they may not be the right tradeoffs at this point in your life. Just don’t put self-employ­ment on a ped­es­tal. There are plenty of oth­er options that are darn near self-employ­ment without the burdens. 

I’ve been on both ends of Employ­ment and Self-Employ­ment. For the last 5 years I’ve been run­ning my own design busi­ness, and dur­ing the last year and a half of that I’ve been run­ning it along­side anoth­er job in a cof­fee house. I’ve loved every minute of it, but it’s also been the most stress­ful time of my life. So stress­ful that it made me ill. The last couple of months I’ve been think­ing about and mak­ing steps to begin look­ing for a full time design job work­ing for someone. Through it all I have to keep remind­ing myself that self-employ­ment is not the be all and end all, there is a lot of import­ant work being done by many dif­fer­ent people and com­pan­ies that it will be a priv­ilege to be a part of.