What I’ve Learned From Being A Self-Employed...

What I’ve Learned From Being A Self-Employed Instagrammer

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When Boy Dom and I first got together – a whole seven years ago – I worked in the sales department of a call centre, and he worked from home as a photo retoucher. In the beginning, my job was relatively easy, the bonus structure was lucrative, and I loved being part of a team environment (team nights out, ‘banter’, and Christmas parties – what’s not to love?), and so Boy Dom’s self-employed status didn’t interest me. Then as my job took a turn for the worst – teammates began to leave, targets were stretched, and the previous high paid bonuses were reduced – the self-employed, working from home lifestyle started to look more appealing. I wanted to be part of the pyjama wearing crew (yes, I’m aware that not all self-employed people wear pyjamas to work, but Boy Dom did so I wanted to be in his gang).

Every morning, I was brushing my hair, applying makeup and leaving the house to battle the rush hour traffic, while Dominic had the luxury of speaking to clients and working in the comfort of his pj’s in our flat (I was quite hung up on the pyjama wearing, can you tell?). Like many 9-5 jobs, I was on a strict break schedule with every minute scrutinised, while he took his breaks whenever he liked and (depending on his work load) for however long he liked. This carried on for years, and although I’d played with different ideas, trialled out new ways of being able to take the leap and leave my 9-5 (at one point selling phone cases on eBay), nothing came to fruition. That was until October 2015 when our child care system for Penny began to crumble, and we made the joint decision for me to leave. I was waking up every morning wishing that I was poorly (nothing too serious, of course, just a lost voice or broken wrist, something small but still big enough for me to use a sick day ). Chances of me earning any bonus were now nonexistent (turns out I’m pretty shit at sales), and because we were lucky enough to have the extra security blanket of living with my mam, for us, it made sense. This scary decision was the best decision we could have ever made as it gave me the extra time I needed to concentrate on my blog and my Instagram, and soon I started to earn money from these platforms. And as they say, the rest is history.

Looking back, I was naive to be so hung up on Dominic’s ‘luxury life’. The vision of self-employed that I was seeing was very different to what was really going on (I think the allure of wearing pyjamas all day was clouding my judgement). While I envied his flexible working hours, I turned a blind eye to the late nights (sometimes all nighters) he had to pull to meet a deadline. While I came home feeling down in the dumps about my crappy day, I turned on the TV and forgot all about it, but the fact that Dominic never switched off went unnoticed. And most importantly, while I enjoyed my guaranteed wage with the added reward of an end of the month bonus (back in the days when I was selling what I was meant to be selling), he was in the dark as to what his earnings would be month by month. So, my first view of this self-employed world was through very rose-tinted glasses. I saw all of the positives but didn’t even consider the negatives.

I’ve now been a self-employed blogger/Instagrammer for about 6 months – the length of time I’ve been actually making money from this rather than only receiving products or sharing pretty pictures for fun. And although there are many, many positives of being your own boss, and I wouldn’t change a thing, there are also some parts of it that I would like to tweak. So, I thought I’d give you my thoughts on being a self-employed Instagrammer.


The good parts…

Flexible working hours

One of the most enjoyable parts of being self-employed is the flexibility. I understand that this won’t apply to all, but in my case, I can be very flexible. So, when it comes to the girls, I’m always around. I can do school runs, go to all the sports days, plays, performances, there isn’t one activity that I miss (unless of course, I forget, then I just become the worst mam ever).

There’s also the added bonus of being able to slide your working day back, forward, and deciding on a rota that works for you – and if you want to add a coffee date in with a friend, you can just work till late to accommodate it.

Being your own boss
It’s taught me so much about the world of business, and now I’m the front woman for it all. I don’t have anyone to answer to, there is no one in a higher position than me (although, Boy Dom does need reminding of that sometimes), and it’s my choice what work I take on. And although at times, it can be overwhelming, it mostly feels good to be in control of your work. Now I kind of feel bad for rolling my eyes at my old bosses for being so stressed, and being on our backs all of the time. Business can be rather stressful – who knew? 😉

My colleague is pretty awesome
My work colleague is cool and on top of that, he’s also pretty hot. Ok, so yes I’m talking about Boy Dom, but sharing an office with someone I like, love, in fact, is great. We can both read each other well (I guess that’s what happens when you’ve been together for 7 years), so we both know when the other is intensely into their work and shouldn’t be disturbed or when it’s more relaxed and they’re up for a chat. We enjoy listening to the same music (until I push my luck bu sliding in a bit of Enya), we listen to the same comedians on YouTube as we work, and he’s very forthcoming with the cups of tea. So, after working alongside people who perhaps aren’t as enjoyable to sit next to or with the same interests as Boy Dom, I know I’m onto a good thing. Plus, our ‘business meetings’ at the pub at lunchtime while the kids are at school make me very happy.

No day is the same, and I never know what job offers I’ll get next. My old job, outbound sales, was incredibly monotonous. I followed the same script on every call, all day, all week, all month (probably why I was so bad at it, I mean, where was the personalised service, Dominique?). A lot of the time it felt like groundhog day, so to get excited whenever I see a new email land in my mailbox bringing with it new opportunities, is a real luxury.

I get to wear my pyjamas. All day. (but weirdly, I never do).


The not so good parts…

Job title confusion
I still don’t know what my job is.

*meeting a new mam in the school yard*

Mam: “So, what is it you do?”

Me: “Well, erm….well I’m a, I take pictures, I


on Instagram. So, I guess I’m like a blogger type thing.”

You get the gist. I can’t seem to shake off the feeling that people are thinking that I’m just being a little overexcited about my Instagram addiction and trying to pass it off as a job.

The unknown
In my old job, I was paid a set wage, and if I met my sales targets (admittedly something that became a rarity at the end of my time there because like I said, I was shit), I would be rewarded with an additional monetary bonus on top of my set monthly wage. The stability of this was great; I always knew what money would be coming in, what I could afford, and I could budget for the upcoming months. And although my ability to manage my finances has never been something to brag about (more like something I should hide), the security of a guaranteed wage certainly helped. Now, my job doesn’t have that stability, and my earnings can fluctuate month to month. Some are good, some are bad, and if I have a quiet week and receive a relatively low amount of emails, I begin to panic. What if I can’t buy croissants (#firstworldproblems)? What if I never get another job offer ever again? What if everyone clicks unfollow? Argh!

Late payments
Oh, the little stinkers. There are many brands and agencies that pay on time – some even earlier than you expect them to – and to them, I’d like to say a great big thank you – thank you! However, there are times when you’re expecting a payment to arrive the day before your bills are due to come out (and you kind of really need it to be there the next day), and it doesn’t. I’m starting to get my head around the fact that these payment guidelines are exactly that, just a guideline. You can’t rely on any payment, and they’re never guaranteed. Even with the lengthy 60-90 days terms that some impose, payments are still sometimes late, and after speaking to other bloggers, it can get a lot worse. Late payments are shit, they’re stressful, but they’re part and parcel of self-employed life.

I never switch off
Like I mentioned earlier, at my old job I had zero responsibility. Once that clock hit 6.00pm, I switched my mind off along with my computer, I’d run out the door, and it wouldn’t think about work again until 10 am the next day. I would watch TV, read a book, and sit down to enjoy my night from 7.30pm. Nowadays, completely switching off and forgetting about work is unheard of and the only time I actually turn off my work head is when I go to the cinema or when I go to my nana’s – both places where I’m not allowed to sit on my phone. If the odd occasion does arise, and I tear myself away from the laptop, I immediately feel pangs of guilt. I should be working. I should be answering those emails. There’s always something more I could be doing.

Zero sick days
Sick days are not permitted. I wouldn’t like to say that I abused my sick days when I worked for someone else, more like I would take them more easily and maybe that my sicknesses tended to last a few days longer than they do now. If I fall poorly these days, I can’t really spend the day on the sofa binge watching series. Instead, I actually toughen up and carry on. And, unless I’m physically hurling the contents of my stomach into the toilet, pangs of guilt will rush over me if I even consider taking my duvet onto the sofa with me.

Are you self-employed? Would you like to be? What are your thoughts on it?

  1. Mike

    23 August

    Great content! My wife and I both have businesses and love it… the worst of being self employed is to find a “switch OFF”….

    • Dominique

      24 August

      Yep, same in our house. There’s always one more thing you could do and the to-do list never ends.

  2. Claire

    23 August

    This was so fab to read, the life and business of being a full time online entrepreneur really interests me. I’d love to be self employed as a full time artist (I make drawings) but I just don’t earn enough. I’ve been travelling for 11 months and got back a month ago, I should be applying for jobs but the idea of going back to an office role sends shivers down my spine! I’m tempted to just live off the last savings I have and try and make a go of my art and online endeavours but I don’t even know where to start. Wishing you so much success Dom, you work so hard.

    • Dominique

      24 August

      I think anyone would be reluctant to return to work after 11 months of travelling. I was away for two days at the weekend, and even then I struggled. You only live once, so if art is your passion, then I say pursue it. If/when the money runs out, then you might have to look into another job but go into it knowing that it’s just a stop-gap job, and it won’t feel so bad. If you’ve got the drive and passion for doing art, then you’ll do it!

  3. Kelly

    23 August

    Loved reading this! I’m self employed and it’s like reading about myself and my self employment journey.
    Nice to hear we are not alone.
    Thank you for sharing x

  4. Ahh, reading those hit the nail on the head.

    I’m a tattoo artist in Australia, given a very different form of self-employment. But it is hard work and watching your social media climb as high as it is, is so great to watch. Plus knowing your a mum!! (I’m not yet, but it’s a dream). It makes it all seem much less scary being your own boss, reading how you’re doing!

    There’s definitely hard days and the uncertainty of how much the ‘payslip’ will come to each week is so nerve wracking. But you’re doing wonders and you’re only going to climb higher. Keep doing wonderful things.

    Boss mumma!

    • you’re (ahh, hate noticing spelling mistakes after submitting!!)

    • Dominique

      24 August

      Thank you for leaving such a lovely message, Emily Ann. It is tough, sometimes overwhelming, and most of the time I have no clue where or what I’m doing, but I love my job, and I love the flexibility that comes with it. Thank you for following along and for giving me a positive pick-me-up this morning x

  5. Aubrey Aster

    23 August

    I would adore to be a full time blogger at some point and my goal is to become an author. However the market is so saturated that I feel like it won’t happen at this point in the race, at least not for a long time. How long did it take you to build up your accounts? Do you make your money mostly through brand deals or ads? (Feel free not to answer if I’m crossing a privacy or secrecy line).

    • Dominique

      24 August

      There’s always room for one more blogger, just like there’s always room for one more plumber, teacher, builder, or doctor. We hear so many comments about how the blogosphere is saturated, but personally, I think it’s rubbish. There’s room for all. Just make sure you’re you, and your right audience will come.

      I left my job back in October 2015, and by February 2016 I had 7k followers. This grew quite quickly throughout the year, and by Christmas 2016, I had 56k followers. In January I was featured by Instagram, and with that, the success of my allthatisthree series, viral images, three more IG features, and a lot of hard work I’ve grown to 270k in eight months. As for making money, I’m happy to share (there’s no guidebook for this profession, so we all need to help each other out ). A large chunk of my wage comes from sponsored posts, but I also sell mentoring packages and e-courses on top, and I’m hoping to grow this area in the future. I don’t really earn much from affiliate links, but I probably don’t utilise them as much as I should. Hope that helps!

  6. Andrew

    23 August

    Very well written and so very very true… I Couldn’t of put it better myself 🙂 and as a fellow self employed person I feel your pain and your pleasure but it does take a very special kind of person to cope with what we put ourselves through, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.. Well maybe just a little as it would be great to have a holiday at some point between now and Freddie’s 16th Birthday

    • Dominique

      24 August

      Thanks, Andrew. Yeah, holidays are a lot more expensive when you’re self-employed as not only do you have to pay to go, you also aren’t earning while you’re away – holiday pay is non-existent. But, being able to pick the kids up, drop them off, and work around their busy schedules is worth it.

  7. Coral Atkinson

    23 August

    I took the leap to make my business my full time job this year, after building it up over the past few years – thanks to Instagram of course!
    I couldn’t agree more about the no sick days, and the ‘gulp’ moments when a bit of self doubt creeps in- what if people get bored of what I do? What if nobody wants to order anything?
    fortunately I seem to be busier than ever, but it’s such a different world to working a 9-5.30 for someone else so I totally get it!
    Also, Enya, I’ve tried to creep a bit of that in too but Chris wasn’t having any of it 🙄😏
    Keep up the smashing work, just shows that everything happens for a reason.

    • Dominique

      24 August

      Yey to another Enya fan! I just find her so soothing, perfect music to work to (if only Boy Dom would agree). Congratulations on being able to go full-time too, it’s a super scary leap but one I’ve never looked back on. The self-doubt moments are bloody awful at times, but thanks to lovely people like you, mine are quite often banished.

  8. Leanne

    23 August

    Great read, thanks for sharing.

  9. Ali buckley

    23 August

    You have just outlined all my fears if the unknown while reinforcing my need to become self employed. Maternity leave has changed my perspective in life and my job. And I know I can do more… but the unknown is the real fear! Taking the leap!!

    • Malak

      23 August

      I am in the exact same situation, I am on mat leave and not willing to go back to work but this whole “unknown” part freaks me out and clouds my judgment when it comes to thinking of self employment!

  10. Teena

    23 August

    Great post Dominique. I am literally ju that I get to work from home (currently on mat leave ) but I would love to one day be my own boss and work from home. The flexibility to have whilst my kids are young is so important to me. I bet you enjoy that too, getting to see more of Amelia and Penny x

  11. Jane McCarthy

    23 August

    I am the same as Ali! I too have had my whole outlook on life changed since becoming a mum. I’m making plans to change things so I can be around for my son more. Great post Dominique – you deserve every success! Xx

  12. Melissa

    23 August

    I’d like to be self employed or at the very least do the whole Instagram blogger thing as a side hustle but I don’t even know where to start. I’m blogging my life journey currently but that’s as far as it goes for now. I love your Instagram photos with the girls, and wish I could find my niche in the whole Instagram blogger world! Maybe one day…

  13. Ana Rúčková

    23 August

    Hi Dominique!

    I’m studying to be a translator and for us, working from home is a great possibility. Depending on the day I love self-employment and working from home and other days I just HATE IT. So, your post just calmed me a little bit. I will mark this web page, and when I’ll have to make the decision I will read it. Maybe it will help me to take a decision 😊 So thank you very much for such an amazing post!

    I would also love to add that I’ve been following you for a while now, and I just need to congratulate you for how real you are. In comparation with other bloggers/instagrammera (and I know comparing is bad, but I had to). You seem to me as you are speaking directly to us. That you are speaking from the bottom of your heart and that you are having so much fun. So thank you for that 😊

    Best wishes!

    • Dominique

      24 August

      I think it’s good to know that we all have freak out moments about working for ourselves. It’s only natural – there’s a lot of pressure on us (I mean, if we don’t earn anything, then the family has no money – eek). I’m sure whatever you decide to do, it’ll be the right choice for you.

      And thank you, posts like this one come with ease as it’s something I’m experiencing right now, so I’m glad the realness comes across :-).

  14. Elena

    24 August

    Ohhh so is not a mith earning money from instagram?!?! Please tell me more abut that. How many days, weeks, months or years before it happened? How many posts? Do they have to be artsy and profesional photography like?
    Do you have an other post about this details? O don’t know how to works and I’m very interested about it.

    • Dominique

      24 August

      Nope, it’s not a myth. Being an Instagrammer is my full-time job these days, I feel like I maybe should write a post about it as so many people seem interested in it, so I’ll have to make a note of that. For me, it was a gradual process throughout 2016, in February 2016 I was on 7k followers, and over the year I grew to 56k. Then in January, I was featured by Instagram, and that created a snowball effect – viral images, magazine features, more IG features, and the success of my allthatisthree images – which resulted in me earning money from my images in the form of sponsored posts and now my e-courses and mentoring packages. It takes a lot of hard work, but it’s worth every second.

  15. Maki

    24 August

    Great read, Dominique. Many points you’ve mentioned came crossed with my happiness and fear of me being self employed. I am a potter, self employed and a mum to a little girl same aga as Penny. I’m actually new to full time self employed, although it’s always been half employed and half self employed for a while. I quit my day job in June and now concentrating on my own pottery business. Finance side is still a big concern but this was the best decision I made I must say! Although I don’t do TV at all, night shift comes along and yes, sick days aren’t allowed! Most of all, I’m ten times happier than before and currently in the midst of three weeks family holiday, which I’ve never being able to take!

  16. Desire Uba

    24 August

    I just joined the work force a couple of months ago, and so far I enjoy it, but I plan to run my own work in the future, so this was quite helpful to read
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I love your work!

  17. Candice

    24 August

    All of this is 100 percent true.
    The guilt for taking time off is enough for me to consider going back to full time employment – although I haven’t yet. Haha!
    Love your account and the few blog posts I’ve recently read. You’re very real about your experience without being all like ‘Look at me! I’m being so real!’ – which I love.

  18. Anna cascarina

    24 August

    So true.
    My husband is a self employed animator and I run my own kids magazine and website. Freelance jobs for my husband are scarce at the moment and it’s a worrying time for us. But still the benefits of working for ourselves keep us clinging on. It’s tough.
    Anna x

  19. Christine

    24 August

    Hi Dominique and thanks for your post. I have basically always been self-employed with the exception of three years when I had split from my girls father and was in dire need for some financial security. If the company had not gone bust, well, maybe I would still be there, unhappily clocking away while having no time to do what I really want to do. Yes, I agree that the financial instability can be -on bad days- unsettling. That insurance and tax claims can really do you in sometimes. But really – I would not want to be in a different place. I love every new job/challenge (sometimes in retrospect sometimes in advance) and being my own master. And thanks to your post I really really definitely realized that just now. So thank you and it is pure joy following you. Love c

  20. Salma

    24 August

    Lovely article, very relatable!

  21. sayshio

    24 August

    I just quit my old job and about to start a self-employed life.
    I am very thrilled and excited at the same time.
    My parents don’t know about this decision clearly because they would be shocked.
    I plan to work on my best until its time for me to tell them.
    Your story is very inspiring and give many details about the world that I am about to step in.
    Please write more about how you hang on those days where the payments are not coming yet. 🙂

  22. Janine

    24 August

    Hi Dominique, great read! I loved learning about your journey and it is very inspiring to me as I am also on the road of becoming a mum blogger. I just finished an course online about becoming a Social Media Manager. Your numbers went through the roof at an amazing speed! So what I would like to find out is, to what factors do you attribute your success to? Many thanks in advance! I love your Instagram feed, a delight to follow you! x

  23. Dominika

    24 August

    Hey there! My name is Dominika (what are the odds??) and for now I’m going through hell called school life. No, it’s not that bad except I hate being bossed around. Someday I would like to be self-employed and own my own bussiness. I don’t know what it would be, yet. I really like the idea of working from home, i know how hard office can be.
    I’m proud of you and really appreciate *i never know how to spell it* your work! And i have to say that term “Boy Dom” is really adoreable!☆
    Love ya! ♡

  24. Jeanine

    24 August

    Your article really inspired me! How do I start? And how do companies get my attention?

  25. This post – your words – are so refreshing and relatable! I’m self-employed, and I grapple with everything you’ve mentioned. When people ask what I “do”, I’m always feeling like I either made myself look wayyyyy cooler than I am, or basically like a loafer. And, money? I applaud you guys for all that you’re able to provide for your kids on the crazy schedule of people paying you when THEY feel like it. I have definitely given my dog chicken and rice more than once because we were out of kibble and a check was late.

    I so enjoy following your journey and learning from you. Keep it up! But also – keep it chill sometimes. There will always be something to do, literally always. If it’s imminent, might as well get used to it and blow off sometimes. 🙂

  26. Jen

    25 August

    This is SO interesting! Thanks for sharing! It’s a world I often wonder about, but never investigated.

  27. Bivi

    26 August

    Yes, I am also self-employed, and it’s definitely not as great (or as terrible) as people say it is. I work as a freelance illustrator—although I possibly do it on the side, because I’ve been going in and out of school for three years—and so I create whatever my clients wish of me. To me, it’s hard sometimes to work with new clients for the long run. So far, I’ve had one client that’s been with me for 1 1/2 years and they’re really great. But, BECAUSE they are so great, they set such a high standard for my future clients, and when the newcomers are less than perfect, I often feel frustrated with them—that may lead to the termination of contracts. Still a learning process, really.

    With a lot of self-employed workers, I think the guilt is a common ground. I guess because we are our own boss, we need to be strict with ourselves—lest we get carried away with not working. I often feel bad telling a client off for not keeping with my freelancing guidelines (they probably also thought of them as guidelines, not rules) or for having a vacation now and then (despite the fact that I warned/informed my clients beforehand). But finding that balance is part of the working process and I think that’s what self-employed people need to be able to do.

    Aside from that, I also have a blog, for which I accept sponsorships now and then. But I definitely don’t accept projects that I don’t believe in or one that gives me less than what I believe I deserve. So I guess, it’s a side-side project…if that makes sense.

    P.S: I just realised that your husband’s name is Dominic and you’re Dominique—hence the Boy Dom thing. So adorable!

    Alive as Always

  28. Ana

    27 August

    Hi, Dominique,

    I’ve been self-employed for 7,5 years now, and it got easier with time! 🙂
    The first year and a half was pretty hard for me because being organized and saving money were not my strengths. In addition, there was this huge self-imposed pressure of delivering projects beyond perfection and that meant doing a lot of overtime nobody was paying me for. And the fear of not getting another project was also there every day and kept me over-delivering, of course.

    After 18 months of sleepless nights and working weekends, I had to change something in order to keep my sanity. 🙂
    So I began tracking every minute spent working and that got me organized fast (since I was loosing so much time & money). As it turns out, tracking helps a lot with the whole freelancing business because it increases awareness & self-discipline.

    First, tracking working hours each day and each month helped me set the right timeframe for each project. So I figured out how much should I charge for each project also according to the number of hours spent on it.
    Second, I began saving money by using the same method: tracking expenses, reducing the unnecessary ones, and then adding little sums to a savings account (that became a year-long umbrella for rainy days).

    This also helped a lot when clients didn’t pay on time; it happens in every industry, but I found that any online-related freelancing job tends to have bigger problems in this department (I work in digital marketing).

    The hardest part for me was taking time off (the normal amount of vacation days per year) because I felt that being always there kept clients happy. It turns out they’re human too :), so they understood time off was necessary.

    Hope these tips will help.
    Best of luck with your freelancing business!

  29. sara nena

    28 August

    you know, I am exactly in that point to decide if I trust in myself or not. My blog is no longer totally amature, but not professional also, cause I do another job that doesn’t allow me to concentrate 100 per cent on it. I am thinking what my parents will think if I leave everything to follow this dream, I am a lil scared of failing, even if inside me something tells me to try. at the end of October my contract for this job will end, and I will have to take the decision, let’s hope to take the right one

  30. Leah McNally

    28 August

    I love this! So true, and relatable.

  31. Eszter

    31 August

    I got shadow banned two weeks ago. Probably because I commented two much when I was in Thailand for a month with the two kids…and I also posted at an unusual time..I used the same hashtags ..These are my tips. Do you know how to get out of a shadow ban? And how do you protect yourself from it?
    xoxo, Eszter @toardandassya

  32. Krista

    7 September

    this was so good friend!!! juggling all the things being self employed is soooo worth it in exchange for making it to all my kids’ activities and homeschooling and flexibility with the hubs’ schedule! i wouldn’t trade it for anything, but the SWITCH OFF…ummm when you figure that out let me know!! hugs…


  33. Tiahna

    11 September

    I enjoyed reading this so much! I love checking out your instagram, on days when I’m feeling down I always go to your instagram for a laugh or just to simply enjoy! Your instagram gives me a lot of inspiration 😊

  34. Gallia

    17 September

    This is great….i am stuck in a bored not so good wellpaid job and i am looking for the “exit ways”. Not sure how to manage a blog though.

  35. Ali

    19 September

    Oh my god I loved your post so much and I am glad that things really worked for you. Currently I am in the same situation you were 6 months ago, the difference is that I didn’t find yet the magic formula. Argh! But you gave me hope 😀 Keep up the good work, and by the way I am an Instagram follower of you also 😉

  36. Anthony

    26 September


    Thank you for this interesting and sincere article. I am also independent (I happen to be in pyjamas also from time to time) 🙂

    It is difficult today to put a real identity on the job of blogger / instagrammer because it is not always very well understood (not even those who do this job …)

    Some brands contact you and offer to remunerate yourself and send you products to test. What we are of course free to accept or not. Once ok, it is difficult yet to know who is honest or who is less …

    Even with a contract established beforehand, once the products received, the article written, photographs taken and retouched, etc … Some brands no longer give any sign of life! So the payment never happens, while on your side you have spent hours and preparing everything to try to do a good presentation work .. I do not know if this has ever happened to you?

    I think it’s a great job, which brings a lot of positive things, such as encounters, that also brings us to better know each other. Finally for me.

    But we must not start by saying that it will be easy, because it is not true. It is a world that is governed by money as

  37. Love this post and completely relate to it all. I massively struggle to switch off too, which is probably why I am sitting here at my laptop at 11pm on a Sat night instead of just relaxing 😉

  38. Jessica

    29 December

    Really enjoyed reading this blog post – recently found you on Instagram and love your content. So nice to hear your honesty about being self-employed and blogging. I would love to start a blog, but have been too nervous to do so! Feeling rather inspired after reading some of your posts though 🙂

  39. Caroline

    8 January

    Just came over this and I really loved reading! I quit my job this summer because of different things, and I really want to be self employed. I have a dream to grow my Instagram, and now I finally have some time to focus on it!

  40. Ivonne Teyssi

    1 February

    Although I’ve read this post before, I felt I needed to reread it. I just started my paper company business called Olea Paper Co. And I agree with you. The hardest thing for me right now is learning when to switch off. I feel guilty if I’m not working on illustrations for my greeting cards or taking pictures of my products when I desire a day off. I believe the hardest thing to do right now is my business getting known and actually having money come in. I feel I put so much work and time into my greeting cards, the outcome isn’t the same.

  41. Marion

    3 February

    I’ve been following you for a while on instagram but first time for me on your blog! “What if I never get another job offer ever again?” Ahahah this is so me everytime it gets a bit slow! I have “the chance” that I’ve never had a “normal” job before being a commercial photographer, I went from being a student of 26yo to trying to work as a photographer for a year in France, and then I moved to Newcastle, and really started to move my arse to get work, and even though I wouldn’t be able to live like this without my boyfriend regular income, I don’t know what it’s like to have security with money and job… So I’m always stressed out (and also miss croissants, didn’t managed to find some as good as at home here yet :'( )

  42. Ames

    18 February

    love your honesty and your fun! yours is the first insta account I’ve found that I just adore for it’s fun-ness and loveliness. As a herbalist I follow planty types and the like and wonder about including my kids in the lifestyle i have portrayed on instagram… but it’s really refreshing to see your posts (I just found you today) and read a little of your blog. I’m new to properly using instagram for my business – i first started using it when i (ahem my littlest) broke my iphone and i just used it for the filters – i was only told about hashtagging a few months ago too! Head in the plants means not in the techie world but I’m learning slowly. thank you!

  43. Zoha dar

    19 February

    Wow i love the way you express your ideas 😍
    And dont worry at all we can never unfollow you.. we love you guys :)) atleast im your biggest fan 😇😇 love you guys.
    Hope you guys manage to keep the good work coming and keep growing money-wise and followers- wise. Stay blessed xox

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