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.