This is my first blog post. Self-employed and loving It was already named into existence long before I made it official. There are so many unique individuals all working for the American dream and to trump the “cubicle”. The phrase self-employed and loving it, has been used so many times by so many people, and I wanted to create a place for us to come together together to share thoughts and ideas, propose our problems and hopefully get answers to situations that we’re struggling with. Part of the beauty of being self-employed, is not having the conventional restrictions of the workplace. On the flip side, though we can’t be experts in all the aspects of our business. So here at Self-employed-and-loving-It, you’ll find ideas and a unique community that’s familiar with some of what you go through on a daily basis. As it turned out, they only accept donations on Tuesday and it was Thursday, so I didn’t end up making a donation after all. But it was a defining aha moment. So I guess you could say I’m self-employed-and-loving-it.
The Blood Bank
Yesterday, I made an impromptu stop at the Blood Bank because they’d called me on Monday to schedule a visit. I didn’t know they only drew blood on Tuesdays. So here it was I was in the area, so I thought I’d stop by. It had been a long time since the last time I was there, so I ended up going in the wrong door and had to walk all through the back offices to the front reception area, peaking into each slate gray and white cubicle and office along the way. I never really formally stopped looking for employment, it just sort of phased out of my daily/weekly activities as I manage to sustain myself with my eBay business and learning affiliate marketing, and social media to replace the grueling task of the eBay routine. Anyway, what I noticed about my walk down memory lane (memories of past employment), is that I didn’t relish the idea of being put back in the cage, and being forced to unquestioningly follow the lead of the fearless leader. I felt an odd feeling come over me, and I felt it physically in my upper diaphragm area, just like a rotten gut feeling assuring me that now that now that I’ve managed to escaped, that never want to be stuck in those tired little cubicles again.
The one big drawback I have about working alone, and I’m trying to fix now, is not having the collaborative efforts of ideas coming together for a single cause. I recently started reaching out though Facebook to find other individuals who have a different or similar role as myself and who may in time find opportunities to collaborate on large projects or to refer a friend or associate for a photo journalism or fashion project, or brand campaign. Here you will find lots of ideas and tips for starting and growing your business. I can’t promise that I will always have an answer for you, but I can promise that I will point you towards the resources to find it as well as through comments and feedback from the community. I welcome all input from anyone out there in the community who has any useful suggestions and advice to contribute.