A normal day for a self-employed person

Would you like to become self-employed?

Is your job not that challenging? Are you stuck in traffic every day? Does your boss want their employees to be faultless and everything has to happen immediately?

... there are many reasons why you might want to quit. Perhaps it will help you if you are considering starting your own business to get an insight into my day. 

Before I talk about my day, I have a little more about myself: I've been self-employed for 12 years and design and sell cardigans and knitted sweaters for brides around the world.

 

Beemohr knits for weddings: Knit Couture

By the way, this is not me, this is my model Zoe.

Start my day

In the morning Thanks to my independence, I can organize my time very freely. I have some tasks that I need to do and I can do them almost anytime. I get up between 6 a.m. and 7.30 a.m. My studio is in my cozy attic apartment, which is why my commute is short :-) I save a lot of time and money by not driving to work. I also try to leave my car behind as often as possible and ride my bike.

Breakfast at home with Beemohr

Here we go: I start my robot vacuum cleaner, organize something - I need order around me so that clear and creative thoughts can flow - I make coffee and look for a place of my choice. This can be the kitchen and work table, the couch or even the bed. Sometimes my daughter's room too, when it's halfway tidy ☺

 

I read through my goals - I formulate short-term goals on a monthly basis - I have a small notebook for that. There are currently goals like:

 

  • 2. Organize a shoot
  • Open American shop
  • daily exercise
  • Earn total X

    Usually I achieve my goals and then I define new ones. Then I write a to-do list for business and private tasks.

    A note on my goals. I'm not a super woman and I don't belong to those who (supposedly) manage everything perfectly: business, family, body.

    I usually start things without thinking twice - I'm not very patient - and it doesn't have to be perfect. I make mistakes AND I get ahead. I put my American site online with 10 products; the important thing was that the framework was there. To be indexed by Google and then get products in the feed takes anyway and meanwhile I pump my shop full of content and products.

    I usually start with a nice task, I don't open my e-mails until later, as they tend to be a distraction. Around 10 a.m. I take care of it and any inquiries that come in via etsy.

    Etsy is the international equivalent of Dawanda, which has since been bought up by Etsy. I've always preferred Etsy, it drove more sales and the technology was almost perfect. I've been there as a dealer since 2011, the range is pretty good.

    And here comes one of the hurdles to self-employment: the state-imposed costs. Due to the high income tax + the exorbitant health insurance, my product prices are also in the appropriate amount. More and more merchants from countries like Poland, Estonia, Ukraine and other countries are joining Etsy and there the income tax is sometimes 10%. The sales prices hardly correspond to my production costs :-(

    Morning

    I try to pack all orders and send notifications of shipment in the morning. The post comes every day between 14 p.m. and 15 p.m. and picks up my parcel. So after lunch I am free to do beautiful things again. What is nice for me:

    • Maintaining my shops: new products, blogging
    • Knitting models
    • And of course buying wool
    • Develop financial knowledge

    ... not so nice

    • Get returns
    • Sales tax declaration
    • Scan invoices ...
    Beemohr work and knitting for brides
    My workplace

     

    at lunchtime I face challenges on a regular basis. At the moment the challenge is called sport every 2 days - I'm starting slowly again because I was injured. I like to try to push that in before noon, even if lunch is then postponed to 14 or 15 p.m.

    At the moment I'm doing a combination of jumping rope and strength, and I like to drive to the sports field around the corner. The synthetic turf is ideal for jumping rope.

    Sport on our sports field

    If I only cook for myself, then my motto is fast and reasonably healthy. I am almost vegan, so I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. However, I also like sweets, so I'm not super strict here :-)

    in the afternoon Usually it is already 16 p.m. Depending on what my kids have planned, I'll be there for you. However, you often do your own thing and I'm "only" responsible for a nice warm apartment and food. At this time I devote myself to my shops or to knitting. I have now started knitting again as the demand is high. The main part and soon everything will be done by my knitter team and they make it fantastic. All knitters have been knitting for Beemohr for many years.

    I think you also have a nice working environment:

      • You can work relatively independently from home.

    in the evening From 18 p.m. it is usually family time, time for my kids and my sweetheart. 

    Dinner at Beemohr's

     

    Even later I like to watch a series or interesting posts on Youtube. Most of the time I still work on the side. Simply because I have goals and because I really enjoy my work.

    Would I start my own business again?

    Before I started my own business, I did many different salaried jobs. Many were boring, some were really good, especially those in the IT industry. Nevertheless, I would dare to take the jump much earlier today because I was not satisfied for many years.

    Now I have created a working environment according to my ideas -

    Advantages:

    • to work from home
    • anytime
    • meet with friends or family whenever I want
    • I don't have to apply for a vacation
    • no stressful and time-consuming traffic jams
    • I save fuel costs
    • I feel relatively self-determined 
    • finances can be better planned and influenced
    • more work is usually rewarded
    • PS: I am only fully self-determined when I only work for fun

    Disadvantages:

    • the health insurance contribution is high, despite the change in the law, I am above the ceiling
    • no colleagues, which can also be an advantage - I miss it now and then
    • A hair-raising regulatory mania: GDPR, packaging law ...
    • Suddenly there are no more customers or there are so many government regulations that it is no longer worthwhile
    • PS: Even as an employee you are not sure of your job

      I would do it again and again. It is best to test an idea alongside being an employee. The idea has to be good and you have to believe in it. I knew from the start that I would be successful.

      And when will I finally become a millionaire?

      And here one more note. There are so many Youtube videos and books on the topic of "How do I become a millionaire?" I find that partly interesting AND I believe that it is a great achievement when you found your company and manage to make a living from it and make provisions for later. I don't want to praise myself, I see that as the first goal worth striving for in combination with building the perfect work environment and private life.

      I am curious how you see this or whether you have experience and further opinions on this question, please write in the comment field.

      Your Sabine Mohr sends you greetings from my knitting studio.