The Self-employment Struggle

Being self-employed can be tricky.  In the (nearly) three weeks I’ve been without a boss I’ve had days of huge productivity and days of zero productivity.  For a while I thought working for myself would mean a flexible schedule, with lots of time to do whatever I want.  Indeed if I so desired I could put 60+ miles on the bike every morning, wearing compression tights while I sit at my computer and code for the afternoon and evening.  Or I could travel all over the place, see friends endlessly, and live the good life.

What I’ve described above is the self-employment struggle — no clear deadlines or outside pressure, nothing but self-induced desires and goals.  The urge to stay-cation is huge, yet productivity is critical.  I should be the busiest I’ve ever been in my life right now.  The only way I’ll succeed is by building awesome shit, enabling me to have more meaningful conversations with investors.  I quit my job to give myself the time I need to prototype ideas and speak to investors.  I didn’t quit to get more free time.  Self-employment, at least the kind that will hopefully one day lead to a technology startup, is about working hard, not taking a vacation.