My Average Day As A Self-Employed Person

My Average Day As A Self-Employed PersonHey everyone! If you haven’t yet, please read my two latest posts about self-employment on Diversified Finances – Finding A Job That Suits The Lifestyle You Want and Four Months Of Being Self-Employed (there’s an awesome gif in that one that makes me laugh).

Back in January, Cat published her article A Day In The Life: Self Employment Version, and it really made me want to do something similar.

Now that I’m self-employed, I almost always get the question “What do you do all day?” whenever I tell someone that I’m a freelancer and I work at home.

I will say that I definitely do not do the same thing each day.

Some days I work a lot (over 12 hours), whereas others I hardly work (no hours at all or less than 2 or 3). Usually my weekends are fairly work-free, and Mondays are my busiest.

Working from home is really amazing, and I’m so happy I can do it.

I really don’t know what I can say to explain to all of you how awesome it really is. I love my schedule, and I love that I can change it up each day if I decide to sleep in later (and that definitely DOES happen), or if I need absolutely need to do something else that day (such as with an appointment).

I’m on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Gchat) throughout the day, and I don’t really consider that “working” for me.

I also work on and off almost all day long. I also do a lot of blog management, and with that it means that I am checking on someone’s blog and/or e-mail multiple times throughout the day as well.

I don’t think I have ever really sat down and worked a continuous 8-10 hours on my freelancing. Is that normal or no?

Here is my typical day as a freelancer:

 

6:30 A.M.

Since I enjoy the work I do now, I actually like to wake up early. That is something I never thought I would EVER say.

When I had my day job, nothing could ever wake me up (I had to use 3 to 4 alarms each day to wake me up), but now I actually enjoy waking up to work.

Anyway, usually everyone else is still asleep when I wake up at this time to work.

I start working from my bed, and my dogs usually don’t wake up at this point so I don’t have to let them out yet (they are so nice about this thankfully!).

Usually, I hear the stupid squirrels above our bed chewing on whatever they are chewing on. Sometimes I get up and bang on our ceiling but lately I just try to ignore it (but that is REALLY hard because they are extremely loud). I try not to think about the damage they are doing to our home and I try to work instead.

Sleeeeeeep

One of my dogs sleeping…

I will answer e-mails (many, many e-mails usually trickle in throughout the night while I am sleeping) and I reply to anything urgent that needs a reply right away.

I then go check on my blog to make sure that my newest post has gone live. Then, I approve and reply to any new comments.

If I’m feeling awake enough, I will go through my Bloglovin feed and read blog posts. This is probably my favorite part of the day. I love reading blog posts and being nosy.

 

8:30 A.M.

I usually go back to sleep at this time and take a one to two-hour nap. Yeah, I don’t know why I go back to bed but it’s usually a glorious nap so I’m fine with that.

 

10 A.M.

I wake back up from my nap. At this point I brush my teeth again, throw on some makeup (BB cream, eyeliner, mascara, and some blush), and do my hair. If I’m feeling super energetic I will curl my hair, but most days I just throw it up in a ponytail.

The dogs usually want to go outside at this point. One dog only goes outside for one minute because he hates being outside, and the other stays out there for as long as she can withstand the cold. The dogs go outside probably 10-15 times a day. Our bigger dog is usually either asleep or outside haha.

I make breakfast (lately breakfast has been mainly oatmeal with fruit or some sort of meal involving eggs), feed the dogs, open all the window blinds and curtains, and so on.

 

11 A.M.

After all of the household stuff above is completed, I start working again. Usually quite a few more e-mails have trickled in – questions from possible new clients, replies to my morning e-mails, and more.

I also make sure to reply to any new comments at this point again. If you have a blog, I definitely think you should reply to comments. I usually go back to the blogs that I comment on to see if there was a reply to my comment. Bonus points if there is a reply!

Throughout the day I work on blog posts. I don’t usually write early in the mornings because I just cannot do it. I don’t know why but I can only write in the afternoon, evening or late at night.

 

1 P.M. 

Lunch time. Lately lunch has been a lot of sandwiches. We’ve been raiding the deli at our grocery store a lot lately. Oh yeah and if any of you remember – yes, I did break my bread ban. I just can’t say no to it. Loaves of bread for Michelle!

We have a constant stash of roast beef, buffalo chicken, honey ham, and roasted turkey in our fridge so that we can make awesome sandwiches all day long. I also have been making tuna sandwiches and chicken salad sandwiches lately, which everyone raves about so I must be a master sandwich maker!

After I’m done eating, I do a little bit more freelancing and blog work.

I also try to fit in a workout around this time. My workouts are usually around one hour long. I like to do T25, lift a little bit, and then run a few miles afterwards.

 

Frenchie Sleeping3 P.M.

Depending on the day, I will usually hang out with Wes or my friends. If I’m leaving the house, I will put on normal people clothes (no pajamas!) and I will do my normal makeup routine and give my hair my easy-to-do beach waves.

If I don’t put on makeup then people tend to think I’m 12 so this is a critical part of my day :P

Wes and I might go to the store and buy something that we’ve been needing, or we’ll do something outdoorsy such as taking our bigger dog to the park (remember, the smaller one hates being outside no matter how nice it is).

If I’m with my friends (such as this past Tuesday), we usually go out to eat or run a few errands together.

Lately, meeting up with friends means that I’m finally going to knock something wedding related off my to-do list. This past Tuesday was my first wedding dress alterations appointment. I was so nervous that the dress wouldn’t zip but thankfully it did.

If I don’t leave the house, usually I just work during this time period by writing a few of the numerous articles that I write each week. I  also reply to any e-mails, approve and reply to comments, do some freelancing work, talk to other bloggers (I love, love, LOVE the blogging community) contact affiliate managers if I need to, and more. I will also make a small meal again during this time.

 

7 P.M.

Wes is a horrible cook and is usually asking me to make something delicious at this point. I make food and we eat it (of course!). We watch movies a few times a week and usually relax for a few hours.

I work on any posts that need to be completed, reply to e-mails, reply to comments, and so on.

 

12 A.M.

At this point I am usually getting ready for bed. I will check my e-mails again and see if any comments need to be approved on my blog or on any of the other blogs that I manage or help manage. I also look at stuff on Pinterest and usually get caught up in the wedding section.

And now it’s bed time…

 

Did anything in my day surprise you? How many hours do you spend working each day?

What does your typical day look like? Tell me!

 

Comments

  1. Clarisse @ Savvy Scot says

    Since I’m not really busy starting this week I wake up at 6:00 A.M, I tried to do a quick work out for 30 minutes before doing something. At 8:00 A.M I started to work and preparing my little kiddo to school. That’s why I love being a self employed because I can take good care of my daughter.

  2. moneystepper says

    Inspiring and awseome!! Without sounding like too much of a fanboy – I’m essentially aspiring to your life!!

    I’ve started getting up at 6am (13 days into the habit) to work on moneystepper and I’ve really enjoyed getting up earlier in the day. It makes me very tired around 10pm, but I usually counter that by going to bed!! :)

    Regarding working from home, I would really love to do this. We are going to make a post next week analyzing a recently study carried out in the UK which links the daily commute with anxiety and reduced happiness. I certainly agree with its conclusions!! Commuting sucks!!!
    moneystepper recently posted..What should I invest in? Shares, property or cash?My Profile

  3. Kaelene @Unlocking Kiki says

    I am the same way, I prefer to work sporadically throughout the day instead of just sitting down working for several hours straight. I focus better when I take little breaks. Your morning nap sounds amazing, I am jealous.

  4. John S @ Frugal Rules says

    LOVE the normal clothes comment – that’s so true! Sounds like our day is somewhat similar to yours, we just get up a bit earlier to get work done before the kiddos are up. I really wish I could write something legible in the mornings, but it’s a struggle. I usually leave writing for afternoons when the kids are napping or after they go to bed.
    John S @ Frugal Rules recently posted..How to Handle Winter Vacation EnvyMy Profile

  5. Jen says

    Thank you so much for this post. I just started reading your blog a couple weeks ago and am so inspired by how you’ve gotten to where you are. Your story has definitely gotten the wheels in my head turning! Keep this kind of stuff coming!

  6. Mr. Utopia says

    The flexibility of working from home is great, isn’t it? I can only partially relate though because, although I do work from home, I do so for my regular job. So, I only have a partial amount of that schedule adaptability since I still have to answer to the boss (and I’m in virtual meetings a good portion of the day). Nonetheless, it’s nice to see how a typical day might unfold when you’re self-employed and working from home. I think it’s something most of us around here would love to achieve one day.
    Mr. Utopia recently posted..Your Fear of Failure Defines YouMy Profile

  7. Connie says

    Great schedule! I would love to have some flexibility, I just hate 9-to-5s. And I feel the same way about waking up early. I hate waking up early to go to work but wouldn’t mind doing it for something I like to do.

    • Michelle S. says

      Haha oh I’m sure! I’m not going to lie, there are plenty of days where I sleep in. This morning I woke up around 6 and worked for around an hour. Then I went back to bed and didn’t wake up until 11:30.

  8. Andrew@LivingRichCheaply says

    It’s great that you have so much flexibility and no commute! And of course that you enjoy what you do. My typical day, I wake up right before 7, get ready, help get the baby ready, drop him off, drive one hour to work (hate that commute), work 9-5, drive one hour or more back depending on traffic, pick up baby, go home and my wife and I prepare dinner, wash dishes, take a brief break and maybe, just maybe I’ll try to do some work on my blog =) Wow, I just looked up and saw Grayson’s day…seems like it’s about the same, haha!
    Andrew@LivingRichCheaply recently posted..Are We Overworked?My Profile

  9. Emily @ evolvingPF says

    You actually are putting in fewer hours than I thought you were – good for you! I always assume self-employed people are working 16/7. I’m glad you have such a balanced schedule. I’m definitely jealous of being able to work from bed and go back to sleep if you want.

    Does Wes have a job right now? I remember he was selling cars and thinking about going back to school…?
    Emily @ evolvingPF recently posted..The Danger of Side Hustle IncomeMy Profile

    • Michelle S. says

      Thanks Emily! Some days I work all day long – 6AM to midnight, but there are a lot of days where I’m not. I think I’ve gotten a lot better with streamlining my tasks and outsourcing as well.

      Wes left his car sales job a few months ago because we thought we would be doing the traveling thing. Now, he’s just working on our house and doing a bunch of side hustling, and he plans on going back to school as well in the Fall.

  10. CeCe @Pink Sunshine says

    Waking up in the morning is very mental. 430 am will always be awful!! Too early! But in general when you are waking up to do something you like it’s so much easier. I love waking up and then going back to bed for a nap. It feels so good. The only thing that keeps me from doing it sometimes is that I often wake up groggy for some reason.
    CeCe @Pink Sunshine recently posted..Slow Cooker Beef StewMy Profile

  11. E.M. says

    I love your schedule. I would probably do something similar if I were working from home. I have about three alarms that go off right now to wake me up, it’s so bad! Is there any way you could listen to music or something in the morning, so you don’t have to hear the squirrels? I know that can be even more distracting sometimes. There were summers I couldn’t sleep because of crickets, I wouldn’t be able to listen to scratching!
    E.M. recently posted..The Reality of Car OwnershipMy Profile

    • Michelle S. says

      I have tried listening to music while working, but I am usually extremely unproductive when I do that. I’m just hoping that the squirrels will be trapped soon. Whenever I hear them in our attic all I hear is $$$ signs AHH!

  12. Tonya@Budget and the Beach says

    I think the waking up at 6:30 but going back to bed at 8 surprises me. ha ha! I would have thought you were up and hit the ground running the rest of the day. I don’t take naps but I also don’t work late either. I like to be done with everything work related by 7 and not think about it too much after that.
    Tonya@Budget and the Beach recently posted..The Cost of Living in ParadiseMy Profile

  13. Shannon @ Financially Blonde says

    I am surprised by your 2 hour nap in the morning. That’s amazing. Once I get up an go, I am going. And my day is different every day depending on whether or not I have to meet with clients. If I don’t, then I am in yoga pants and no make up and it is the single best thing I love about being self-employed. :-)
    Shannon @ Financially Blonde recently posted..Top Ten Movies with a TwistMy Profile

  14. Vanessa says

    It looks like you have a great work-life balance. I too work from home and my day is a little more hectic but that is mostly because I have two kids and work for a PR agency, which can get a little stressful. I love your story and what you have accomplished. I am also looking to work for myself, so that I can minimize the stress and pressure, and focus a little more on my family. I am so happy I found your blog. It is truly inspiring!

    Vanessa

  15. Sara says

    This day looks similar to mine probably except I wake up and stay up! I wish I could go back to sleep. You seem so efficient.

  16. Addison @ Cashville Skyline says

    Your schedule sounds amazing! I wake up around 6, but it usually takes me 30 minutes or so to get started. I work on my blog until 8:30 and then get ready for work. My day job typically runs from 9:30 – 6:00, and I try to work in my blog during my lunch break if I don’t have a meeting. After work, I’ll either hang out with friends or my boyfriend. I try to go to bed early whenever possible (I say as I’m commenting at 2:49 AM! Hahaha!)
    Addison @ Cashville Skyline recently posted..The Tiny House Movement: Where Do You Fit In?My Profile

  17. Krista says

    That’s awesome. I’m on the opposite end where from about 6:45 a.m. (when I go help out a family get their kids off to school) to work (8-2) back to babysitting (3-6) and then finally home or off to a meeting (3x per week). My days are the definition of structure. I’ll just live vicariously through this schedule!
    Krista recently posted..How to Retire EarlyMy Profile

  18. Victoria says

    Wow! I’m a new follower so I’m not sure how your readers would have perceived you but I was pleasantly surprised at how you spread your day doing pretty much the things that made you happy. I would have imagined the writers stereotype of a desk, a laptop, ciggies and a glass of whisky!

    My day: get up at 6 – check blog and on-line stuff – wake up son and husband – go to work – on-line on train – teach – on-line at lunchtime – teach – home – either family time or social committments – on-line before bed – read!

Trackbacks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


CommentLuv badge