3 Ways To Cope With That Flakiest Of Bosses: Yourself

If you leave the work force to become a freelancer/contractor, you’re blessed with the freedom of making your own hours and deciding to do only the work you deem to be worth doing. The downside is that your new boss — you — may be an unreasonable slave-driver or a rubber-spined pushover.

A guest post at Frugal Beautiful contends that it’s important for those who run their own businesses to keep rules in mind for coping with challenges that present themselves to the self-employed. Here are three rules for freelancers we gleaned from the post:

* Remember that you can’t demand a raise from yourself. If you’re making less than you did before, make sure your life reflects that and cut out the luxuries your desk job afforded you. Unless you happen to be a federal government, you can only subsist so long on deficit spending.

* Schedule in a social life. When the amount of work you do directly correlates to the amount of money you’ll rake in, there’s a temptation to spend all your waking hours grinding out work. If you force yourself to disconnect in order to socialize and enjoy your freedom, you’ll have an easier time enjoying your off hours.

* Be clear about your expectations. If you’re working harder than before but you’re not producing the results you want, you’re sure to end up unhappy. Clarify your short and long-term goals, work practices and policies in order to give yourself a structure to work with. Mapping out your plans is a good way to verify that they’re realistic.

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  1. Blueskylaw says:

    I became self employed just so I could be flaky and bossy. If you don’t like it, here are your walking papers. Bwaaahhhhaaahhhhaaa

  2. Cat says:

    That Flakiest Of Bosses: Yourself?
    Really?

    Excuse me, have you met my boss? Bill Lumbergh ain’t got nothin’ on him.

  3. dragonfire81 says:

    Having a spine is a VERY good idea. It may hurt to turn away potential business, but bending over backwards for client/customers or giving them unreasonable discounts and freebies just to get a business going is a recipe for disaster.

  4. sirwired says:

    I’d add: “Set firm criteria to decide it’s not working.”

    Before you embark on the venture say: “I’m going to throw in the towel if, after X years, I’m either forced to work more than Y hours a week, or not earning Z amount of money.” It’s too easy to justify killing yourself for a poor return once you are already enmeshed in your business and you haven’t set firm goals for yourself to start.

  5. Step Away from the Mall says:

    Scheduling in a social life was a definite helpf ro me. Unfortunately I’ve been so swamped at work over the years that there have beem months where I’ve had to schedule family time, too. Sad, I know. Being intentional with time off is very important.

  6. gman863 says:

    “Remember that you can’t demand a raise from yourself…”

    You can’t demand a raise; however, you can usually earn one by doing things including marketing your business, asking for referrals and expanding your product/service offerings. It may not produce results overnight, but it beats being stuck in a financial rut.

    The best place to get low or no-cost help for your small business is SCORE (the Service Corps Of Retired Executives). Look up your local office in the phone book or on the Internet. Their volunteers offer one-on-one help free; they also have seminars at very low costs ( $25-$50).

  7. jerry101 says:

    Poop.

  8. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    This picture demands a caption contest.