Being a writer is one of the best jobs in the world. It’s my dream career, and I can’t imagine doing anything else. But there are pros and cons to being your own boss in the Indie-writing world, all which can make or break ya.
Here’s my Top 20 list of Pros and Cons of Being Your Own Boss. Enjoy it with coffee, if you’d like. Or vodka. I won’t judge.
TOP 20 PROS
- No Supervisor (unless your editor is waiting for the manuscript)
- No Commute (unless you write away from home often)
- No formal work schedule, or clocking in and out
- No penalties for being late or calling in sick
- No uniforms required. Or washed hair. Or makeup. Or clothes at all, for that matter.
- No formal degrees needed
- Introverts welcome
- Procrastinators welcome
- Multi-tasking dragon trainers, unicorn riders and Middle Earth trail guides always needed
- Ego inflation automatically included for all book awards won
- Tax write-offs for travel. And coffee. And printer ink.
- Knowledge gained in spelling, editing, formatting and marketing
- Mastering of ‘Internet Research’. Followed by, Mastering of panic-mode ‘Clear Browsing History’
- Constant practice in the Art of Humility
- Expansive knowledge gained in caffeinated coffee and tea products. Also in chocolate. Or hard liquor.
- Paying bills with writing income
- Feeling accomplished and successful
- Making friends within the writing community
- Being stalked online by readers
- Spending more time at home with family and pets.
TOP 20 CONS
- No Supervisor (you’re on your own to figure everything out)
- No Days Off (if not writing, you’re thinking about writing – 24/7)
- No formal work schedule
- No employee benefits (health insurance, dental insurance, office romance possibilities or water cooler gossip)
- Showering may become so sporadic that the neighbors notice
- Introverts welcome (being alone full-time does bad things to the mind)
- Procrastinators welcome (an Achilles Heel for some writers)
- Ego inflation can reach dangerously high levels. Friends might be lost. Family might move out. The dog might even run away.
- Self-Employment tax
- Knowledge gained on spelling, editing, formatting and marketing can create madness. And broken laptops due to constant head-banging.
- Weight Gain. Also, Flat-Ass Syndrome
- Bad reviews are guaranteed
- Hearing at every social event for the rest of eternity, ‘You’re a writer? Have I read anything of yours?’
- Addiction to any, or all of the following is expected: Social Media, checking email at least ten times a day, hard alcohol, chocolate, junk food in general, really comfortable pens, notebooks and Forensic Files
- Constantly checking online for pirated work. And laptop sales.
- Feeling accomplished and successful is almost always followed by moments of self-loathing and self-doubt
- Meeting crazy people within the writing community
- Being stalked online (or in person) by readers
- Spending less time with family and pets because writing consumes everything
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