Merlyn Chesterman

Why did you become self-employed?

I had things I wanted to say and do.

What main challenges have you faced whilst being self-employed?

The amount of time spent on indirect parts of the job, like emailing, promotion, delivery, framing, ordering materials, the balance of teaching what I do verses actually doing it.


How do you make it work? (Are you full-time self-employed, or part-time?) 

Now I am full-time self-employed, I wish I had taken the plunge much sooner than I did. I‘m much happier and I earn much more.

Do you have one piece of advice you would like to share about being self-employed?


Please could you recommend a supplier?
Handprinted in Bognor Regis, run by Shirley. Stocks everything I need and is super quick and reliable and friendly.


Check out Merlyn’s work at:
Instagram: merlynchestermanwoodcuts