October 04, 2023

Life on the (free)lane

Życie na (free)lansie

Encouraged by your messages after the last blog entry about why I took a break from running my own business and why I came back, I decided to tell you a little more about the famous (free)life, lying upside down, getting up at noon and giggling behind your back. who work full-time.

Have something of your own

I guess each of us has once met a person who, when asked what they would like to do in life, answered: "have something of their own." And when you tried to find out more precisely what kind of company it was, what it wanted to do, what its passion was, you were met with dreamy eyes and the answer: "I don't know, but it would be nice to have something of your own." Well, unless I'm the only one who meets such people, let me know, maybe I should pay more attention to who I start a conversation with.

I have the impression that there is some strange belief among people (especially young people) that by starting your own business, things will suddenly be better and easier. Because we don't have to get up at 8 a.m. to go to work, there's no boss telling us to do something, we don't have to ask for leave three months in advance, we don't have to wait in traffic jams at 4 p.m. and we do whatever we want. Maybe it's the fault of the slogan "do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life", maybe it's the fault of Instagram and the fact that we only show our successes on it, or maybe it's the fault of us - micro-entrepreneurs, because when everyone complains for the boss, traffic jams and a bad lunch, we sit quietly.

Except every stick has two ends. And the fact that we do not have a boss who will tell us what to do means that we have to be masters of self-discipline and organization and look for motivation to act within ourselves. Unlimited leave sometimes means (especially at the beginning of the business) no leave, because when we leave, no one will work for us. When working for yourself, it's hard to secretly watch cat videos, hoping that maybe we'll somehow survive until 4 p.m., because unfortunately in this case, our earnings depend only on our effort. We also have to be prepared that we will lose the opportunity to consult our daily tasks with other people and that no one will pat us on the back and say "good job" after a job well done. And if you were worried about working for someone else, think about how you will worry about everything when working for yourself and being on the front line of every front.


photo: Ian Schneider / unsplash

Follow your heart. And brains

Don't get me wrong, you already know that I compared full-time employment vs. my own company and I wholeheartedly choose my own company, but I definitely don't choose it because it's easier. It's harder, but I love it and even when I'm tired, I smile because I know it was worth it. If you have a passion in your life that you want to share with others, if there is something you do and your friends say: "wow, I want it", if you feel that you have a great idea that will solve other people's problems, then go ahead and start your own business. Don't start your own business because you're bored with your job, because a friend did it, or because you think it's a quick way to make money.

I'm not the type of person who complains and gives up easily (well, I had a crisis recently, but we've already established that everyone has them!). I also don't want to prove to you at all costs that working on your own business requires more time and effort than working for someone else. Simply, before you take this step, think twice whether this is really your path. And next time you meet someone who runs their own company, smile at them - they may not have the same problems as you, but I assure you they have some ;)

PS The next entries will be under the slogan "why I love my job" and "why being a clothes designer is the best in the world", so that I won't complain so much.

PS 2. And some time ago on Instagram there was a new version of the slogan "do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life", definitely more true:

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