June is always a little bit of a special month for me – it marks the anniversary of me becoming self-employed. This year, I’m celebrating six years of self-employment! SIX YEARS! Wow!

I graduated from university six whole years ago. In some ways it feels like much longer than that and in others it feels like just a few months ago.

Something a lot of people don’t realise is I’ve never actually had a ‘proper full-time job’. Sure, I had a part-time job while I was at university and I’ve had a few stints helping out in an office before, but never a real proper 9 to 5 job. I graduated from university and went straight into being self-employed and doing my own thing.

When I think back to graduating from university and knowing full-time employment wasn’t something that interested me at that moment, I don’t recall thinking too far ahead about it. I certainly never thought six years ahead and imagined I’d still be out here on my own.

I just knew I didn’t want to be beholden to someone else. I wasn’t passionate about working for someone else on things that weren’t 100% important to me. Sitting in an office counting down the days until my next holiday just didn’t seem appealing in the slightest.

When I graduated from university and went into being self-employed it was solely as a travel blogger. Things have changed a bit from then, though. Now, as well as this travel blog, I also work as a freelance social media professional and writer for other companies.

This means I create social media content and manage social media accounts for various different clients. I also create website content – blog posts, website copy and more for clients too. (You can find out more about that side of my work on my website, Making Media Simple.)

I work with clients across a wide variety of industries – everything from business coaching to branding. The variety of different subjects and industries keeps it interesting and I genuinely enjoy getting some knowledge of lots of industries.

Each of the clients I work for at the moment are great to work for and I enjoy what I do every day.

Moving from being ‘just’ a travel blogger to being a travel blogger, writer and social media professional has been one of the best things I’ve done. There’s so much competition out there in the travel blogging industry that I wanted to find a way to diversify my income and not rely completely on my blog. It’s worked out perfectly and I feel like in the last 6 months or so I’ve settled into self-employment so well. Everything just seems to be clicking at the moment and that makes things so much easier and more enjoyable.

When I really take the time to think about it, I guess it’s something of an achievement having been self-employed for so long. It takes a lot of hard work, persistence and bravery, because work and the cash that comes with it isn’t guaranteed from month to month.

To get here it’s felt like I’ve been stumbling around in the dark a lot of the time. I don’t have any family or friends (apart from other bloggers I’ve connected with) who do the same thing I do. This can mean it’s difficult to get advice, opinions or support when I need them.
But, despite the harder times and inevitable tough moments, I love it so much that I can’t ever see myself going to work for someone else full-time. I love the flexibility being self-employed offers – I can take an afternoon off to meet friends, take a day off to spend with Thomas, work from wherever I want in the world and fit my work around whatever is happening in my life.

Working with companies and clients on projects that I’m passionate about makes me happy. I very rarely have days when I’m reluctant to sit down to work in my lovely home office and I’m so grateful for that.

Here’s to 6 more years!

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