In many cases, being a home business owner means working even when you don’t want to. Like when your birthday falls on a Monday.
Today is my birthday. And it didn’t start out auspiciously. I got up in just enough time to take my son to school, and so didn’t get the proper jump on my day. And I have a lot of work to do today. Home business owners don’t often get time off — at least not the way others get time off.
When you’re sick, you sometimes still have to work. And, even when your whole family is on vacation, sometimes you have to get a little work done by the pool. And, when it’s your birthday, sometimes you just have to suck it up and get something done.
Do You Work on Your Birthday?
Back when I worked in the “real world,” my co-workers were always taking their birthdays off. I even took my birthday off a couple of times. It’s true, though, that I was never that big into skipping work on my birthday. With family all over the country, I receive gifts over a period of a week, and some arrive after my birthday. I just open them as they arrive. And instead of going out on my birthday, my husband and I go out on a day that is more convenient. Rarely has that been on my actual birthday.
Really, working on my birthday isn’t a huge deal. But I know some home business owners that are quite frustrated when they have to work on the “big day.” Being a home business owner doesn’t always mean rainbows and unicorns. Sometimes, being a home business owner means that you need to have discipline and self-motivation, and being willing to work even when you don’t want to.
Moving Beyond the Need to Work When You Don’t Want To
I have to admit that there are days when I kind of let the work slide. I do what must be done and then just put off the other stuff until later. Additionally, I take off camping a couple times during the summer. And I refuse to do anything beyond sit on the couch with a book and a pile of chocolate on Christmas. I am fortunate in that I have a fairly flexible home business schedule. Most of the time, I can shift my work around if I want.
The real goal of many home business owners, though, is to get to the point where they are making good profits, but they don’t have to do a lot of the work themselves. The idea is to be able to get the home business to the point where it runs fairly smoothly, and then hire others to do a lot of the work, giving yourself more time to do what you want.
When you have an online store, this is a little easier. The computer takes the orders for you, and things run fairly smoothly. If you hire someone to fulfill the orders, you don’t even need to do much, beyond oversee a few things. Providing a service is a little different. You still have to keep providing that service, and often you have to do it yourself. It’s true that you could hire others.
I could hire other writers, and expand my freelance writing business. But, in the past, I was burned by that practice, and I am reluctant to give it a try again. I’m wary of putting my name on something that someone else has done. After all, I’m a brand of sorts. It’s hard for me to let that go. But as long as I have this attitude, I’ll be responsible for working, and actively bringing in the money. I’ll have to keep working on my birthday, and almost any other day.
Home business owners: When do you take days off? What are your strategies for maintaining income without doing as much work?
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