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.

The Week in Lnks

It’s been a buy and stress­ful week since the last edi­tion of The Week in Links, but that’s why we call it work. It’s not always fluffy clouds and bright sun­shine, even for those of us for­tu­nate enough to be doing what we love for a living.
Despite all that, I have enjoyed quite a bit of read­ing this week. Once again I’ve high­light­ed a cou­ple of arti­cles which I real­ly con­nect­ed with. One from Shawn Blanc about work and one about work­ing for your­self… prob­a­bly not a coin­ci­dence after read­ing that first paragraph.
So sit back and enjoy this weeks edi­tion along­side your Sun­day coffee.

  • Con­cern­ing the Ebb and Flow of “Work” by Shawn Blanc — This is someti­h­ng I’m learn­ing about myself at the moment. Even before I was self-eployed my ten­den­cy was to do things all the time, I used to give my hol­i­days to go and do a bible hol­i­day club for two weeks every sum­mer. It was dif­fer­ent but incred­i­bly tir­ing and it caught up with me. Now I’m self-employed forc­ing myself to rest is hard, in fact it hit me last week­end. I need to be away from home to rest and shut out my work, oth­er­wise I and my work suffer.
  • Mas­ter work­ing for your­self with­out crush­ing your soul — Dis­patch­es from Paul Jarvis — Real­ly inter­est­ing insights and thoughts on the areas on which to focus if you’re a free­lancer. Focus upon what you want to do, talk about it lots and don’t be afraid of say­ing no. That final bit can be the hard­est of all.

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