The last few weeks haven’t been great, I slipped a disc in my back & have really struggled to move let alone anything else that I still had to do.
A friend casually said how lucky I was that I work from home so didn’t need to take time off. This comment really got to me, in fact being self employed has the complete opposite effect when you’re ill.
You can’t phone in sick, I’m a cake decorator, if I did somebody’s birthday or wedding would be ruined. They wouldn’t have the beautiful cake they had planned & paid for. I can’t phone in sick, I still have to work through the pain so I wouldn’t call that lucky.
Now this is not a woe is me kind of post. I love being self employed but it’s not simply luck that has enabled me to have a successful business, it’s hard work & dedication. I work long hours & weekends. Yes I’m able to be at home during the day for Archie but that means that as soon as he naps I work, as soon as he goes to bed, I work.
I wouldn’t swap my job for the world & I’m very grateful that I am able to work from home but luck doesn’t do my admin or my marketing. Luck doesn’t go to the wholesalers for me, or go & visit clients. Luck doesn’t stay up past midnight working on a cake because the kids have been ill & I’ve got deadlines to meet.
Luck doesn’t pay my bills when I am ill. Hard work does. If I don’t work I don’t get paid, it’s as simple as that. I could never imagine going back to work for someone else, I love what I do and that I’m able to do it from home but it’s hard work. I would never say that mums who go out to work have an easy life so I’m waving the flag for us self-employed mums and saying we all work hard, every single one of us.