Why did you become self-employed?
I became self-employed because I became ill with Arthritis and had lost my self-worth.
I had to reinvent myself so I decided to start making beaded items. This led me to find out that mass-produced beads weren’t made as well as I’d expected. I then heard of someone making beads and I knew I could do it.
I don’t know why, but I did.
So my lovely husband sold his quad bike and started me on my journey of lampwork. I had a welding torch, some glass and taught myself through trial and error, practice, practice, practice and reading lots of books. Since then I have had a one day lesson in silversmithing and I am continuing to incorporate the two… I’m still on a journey.
What main challenges have you faced whilst being self-employed?
Managing time, negative thoughts and the house.
So firstly negative thoughts can affect my creativity. Working from home doesn’t allow you to leave your negativity behind. I combat this by writing in a little book about what is beating me up that morning.
Then I feel a fresh state of mind.
I tend to tidy my home in the morning, not always, but then I can go to my studio with my brain buzzing with things I need to do.
I have to also manage how well I am and if I am able to go and work that day. Did I sleep at all? How sore am I? Do I need to sleep? Will I be able to sit that long?
I have learnt now that I can do other business related things when I am not able to make. Either social media, listing work to sell, doing my books, taking pictures or making up beady things from my bed.
It is a one-man/woman show working on your own.