Everyone is right and wrong. Both sides have people who are happy and people who aren’t happy. I think the service group doesn’t necessarily fall in either category and it’s where I belong. I want to remain a one-person business, but this doesn’t mean I won’t grow. I want to grow, but without sacrificing morals and client happiness.
Obviously, one-person businesses face different pressures. For one, if I am not working, I’m not earning. Well, maybe I earn a little bit from ads, but not enough to cut my work hours. I would’ve stayed in the corporate world if I wanted to earn good money without the pressure of finding clients and getting a paycheck even when things get slow. As of this month, I’ve been a full-time freelancer for one year.
I never expected it to be a smooth ride. I deal with a diversity of clients and it’s easier to get criticized because you’re the only one doing the work. In the corporate world, I was part of a team and we created the product together. Plus, I rarely got to connect with our clients.
I’m happier since making the switch because my life is more well-rounded. With three kids, I’ve got more flexibility in getting them where they need to go or stepping in when something comes up. I volunteer more than I have in years. Plus, I take tennis lessons and play mahjongg once a week. Until I retired from the corporate world, I had little social interactions.
I’ve finally reached where I want to be in life: balancing and enjoying my personal and work lives. You may have heard about Americans having fewer friends. That was me until one year ago. Now I feel like I’ve settled down and feel like I belong in this community. No more thinking, “I’ll make more friends later. I’ll do volunteer work later. I’ll take up a sport later. I’ll make new memories later.” As far as I know, we’ve got one life to live and I want to live it now not when my kids move out.