January has been quite a dry month for us, in terms of income. One of the most difficult things about working for yourself is balancing finances to get through dry periods and not over-do it when the money is flowing.
Just before Christmas I was earning more than ever via the blog, but then Christmas came I had two weeks off and January has struggled to get going. It’s not just me, there’s been a lot of chat around some of the blogging groups I’m involved with and it appears most blogger inboxes have been left thin this month.
I had a long drive to Manchester and back yesterday to collect my sister from the airport and this drive gave me a little time to let my mind wonder.
This isn’t always a good thing…
As it wondered through blog ideas, tactics to grow the Youtube channel and all the usual stuff that occupies my mind, it also veered down the route of me having to go back to a ‘normal’ job. By normal I mean working for someone else, an office job like I’ve had before for example.
Immediately I gained an extra 4000% of energy to put into ideas to make my blog/social media job work better! The thoughts of having to go back into that world scared the bejesus out of me.
Don’t get your knickers in a twist, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with having an office job etc I’m just speaking about my personal preferences and having worked for myself for the past year I would struggle massively to go back. It’s like once you’ve moved out of your parents home for the first time then after a year of that luxurious freedom having to go back and live under their roof with their rules and no more privacy.
The way our family dynamics are, I’m in a position where a normal full time job, 9-5 type of thing just wouldn’t work anyway. Donetta doesn’t drive and we live so far away from the kids school the bus is out of question meaning school runs aren’t going anywhere soon. FFS! Also home educating Corben requires lots of driving to meet-ups and days out etc, so again I have to be at home and available as often as possible.
Blogging, Vlogging, Social Media, Web Design and all the other pots I have my fingers in works perfectly around this lifestyle. I can be available to carry out all of these parental obligations as well as fit in still being able to work and earn money in between and from home.
But let’s say I could be available to go back to a Mon-Fri, 9-5 office job, just for shits and giggles…
I wasn’t the best employee before, after a year of working exactly how, when and where I want I imagine I’d be even worse. I don’t mean I was always off sick or rubbish at my job by the way, I mean I questioned authority and ‘best practices’ often and we all know suits and ties don’t like that! I never did it because I wanted to be a dick, I just liked to think outside the box and explore options that could improve a service or policy.
In many office based jobs though you are to be a good little robot and just input those numbers, leave your initiative and ideas at the door. I know many work places are now better than this, however I’d bet the majority still prefer robot type employees that don’t give them any bother by questioning protocol.
So no, I couldn’t go back to that. I worked in sales and customer service for years and not only was it mainly boring, it was so restrictive and for all the wrong reasons. In one job I HAD to wear a tie. Why?! We rarely saw customers face-to-face and in the summer when it was over 30 degrees in the office making me wear a tie isn’t making me more productive at all, it makes me angry and more likely to thrown my PC through the window just to let in some air! Having to look a certain way, act a certain way etc just isn’t in my nature.
I truly believe if given the breathing room I need, I would be a much more productive and important member of any business. I have the essentials, work ethic, morals and I can talk. Like. Really. Talk. For ages. So in a sales and customer service role in particular I thrive. Then companies whack all these crazy restrictions on you and suffocate any personality you may have.
I’ve gone on a little rant here but it all backs up my answer how I pray I never have to get a ‘normal’ job ever again. Clearly if this all goes tits up and the last option is for me to go back to full time employment under someone else, then I’d have to for the family. I’d look to work in a phone shop I reckon or a place like CEX dealing with phones and tech all day, I’d like that.
For now though, with your help I’m smashing this blogging thing as hard as I can in the hope it continues to grow and becomes what I hope it can be in the near future.
I want to hear your thoughts
- Are you in a job that suffocates your personality?
- Are you finally free and doing your own thing?
- Does your work place have any crazy rules you have to follow?
Let me know in the comments…
PS. Please share and keep me from having to wear a tie again! 🙂
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