Entrepreneurs are a diverse bunch of people, but when you ask them to tell you the greatest benefit of being self-employed, you’ll usually hear the same answer over and over. That answer is FREEDOM, and rightly so. When you work for yourself, no one tells you what to do—at least not in the same way a boss would.
But there are always pros and cons to everything. Stress being one of them, as a individual who is self-employed, you need to be able to handle this on your own.
Self employment and stress is a little different when there’s no one to rely on but you. When you work alone, you stress alone. Self employment isn’t always filled with security. No kind employer is going to give you health insurance, or even an extra day off. There are no Christmas bonuses and there are no stock options. In the most real way possible, you’re on your own. Yes, it’s liberating.
But yes, it can also be stressful. It’s all on you, now. Missed appointments. Something forgotten Not enough money coming in You, you…You. It’s a lot of pressure. Some people find that self employment stress is so overwhelming, they would rather go back to "regular" employment.
Don't give up!
When it comes to self employment stress, not everyone can handle it. This is one of the many cold, hard facts of self employment. But to all things there is a bright side, and there are few things quite as satisfying as earning your own income through successful self employment. For those that can handle the inevitable stress, self employment is a very happy occupation.
Being healthy to handle self employment stress is essential if you want to achieve self employment success. When your career relies on nothing but your own efforts, you can’t let stress bog you down or cloud your thinking. You have to find a way to deal with the stress, so you can get back to the business of making money and creating more ideas/products. Making money is what it’s all about, but when you’re over-loaded with stress it’s hard to concentrate on anything else.
You’re self employed; there’s no "boss" to impress here, and you’re entitled to a break when you feel completely stressed out. Turn off the computer, turn down the phone, place your pen back on your desk and very simply walk away. At least for the moment. Go have a snack, listen to a little soft music or nature tape that has the sound of waves on it....watch TV, maybe go for a jog - whatever you think might help you unwind. Take a bubble bath, heck, have a cocktail if it’ll help.
Self employment means, incidentally, that you can have cocktails (not one right after the other, or all day long - this is inadvisable). But step away from working for a moment. Sometimes, the best way to deal with stress is very simply to remove yourself from a stressful situation. Very often, while you’re unwinding and relaxing, the answer to your stressful problem will come to you.
Consult friends and family members if you need advice or help in dealing with your stressful situation. You’ll find that hearing feedback from others often helps to place things into perspective, and just talking about your stress often relieves that stress.