*How Self Employment Keeps Me Sane

For the last four years, as well as working in various day jobs some of the time, I’ve been self employed, through this blog and through Laura Haley Photography. Self employment keeps me sane, whether I have a day job or not, and I thought I’d share my thoughts on why that is.

A girl in a black polka dot dress sits in the window of an old building covered in graffiti

I’ve always said I’m not a creative person. I can’t draw, I can’t play an instrument or sing, I’m not good at anything crafty, or drama. Being creative was something other people did. Until I started writing this blog, and realised that not only do I enjoy it, but I’m pretty good at it too. That lead me into my love of photography, which I’m also half decent at. I’m always trying to grow both as a photographer and a writer, and that continuous development, along with the compliments I get on my writing and my shots, helps my self worth.

When I gave up full time freelancing in March, to take a telesales job, I always intended to carry on my writing and photography on the side, and to a point I did. But because my job was busy, and mentally draining, I often came home and didn’t open my laptop or pick up my camera. I wasn’t enjoying the job, I found it boring and I wasn’t doing well in it. Days were long, I was watching the clock, and I found myself feeling more and more sad, and like I’d failed. It turns out I need that outlet of pouring my heart out onto the page, or disappearing off for a few hours to shoot, to make me feel good.

Now, I’m currently freelancing full time again whilst I find another job. And this time I’m determined not to make the same mistake I did before. Being self employed is good for my mental health, my bank balance, my self worth and my confidence. Self employment keeps me sane, and no matter where I end up working during the 9-5, I’ll be keeping up to both of my loves properly this time.

Hopefully this post explains why I value being self employed so much, and if you’re thinking of self employment and want to know what you could do, why not consider looking into becoming a consultant?

This is a sponsored post, in collaboration with Consulting.com. All thoughts, words and opinions are my own.

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