As you know, I have set up my own office and work as a self-employed owner of my business. I have been doing this since August of this year. I felt that God wanted this to happen, and I agreed to cooperate with His idea. In the last few months, I've been on my own schedule, sometimes staying home, working in the house and spending time with the pets and so on. Sometimes I go out and find a cafe or shared office space to have a different atmosphere. I've been ok with either schedule and somehow enjoy the cafe atmosphere most because I'm in the midst of people who are also like me - writers, or self-employed business people - and focusing on their jobs. I don't miss office work. I don't miss being in a cube and tied to my desk all 8 or 7.5 hours five days a week. I don't miss the 'social' aspect of being with coworkers and talking to them over a cup of coffee in the kitchen or cafe. I never really liked the social aspect of work, to tell the truth. Work was not where I found my best friends. Work was where I found persons who were out of my sphere of influence, if you could call it that. So now that I am here and working at different hours of the day I am much more relaxed and feel that much more focused on MY work, MY business and MY schedule. There are no appointments that I am summoned to by others who merely need me as a witness to what they want to do and accomplish. There are no phones that ring and make demands on me from some other place in the world.
A nice thing I did for myself is to hire an answering service. It's not expensive at all. I like that my phone doesn't ring past 5 pm at night. I am more of an email communicator than a phone person. Phones are for family and friends, I think. I suppose phones are also good if there's somebody on the other line saying that they have a check for me and would I please give them my mailing address. Ha ha.
I think that my advice for those who wish to strike out on their own is this: study the pros and cons - always asking for God's help. Then find the right time - and it will present itself - to leave your day job. In my case, the right time was when I already turned in my resignation and gave them 2 weeks' notice. But then I had nothing else to do by day 7 and so I said goodbye.
There are some days when perhaps the idea of being on my own as a business owner strikes anxiety in my heart. But that doesn't last much. There are days when my banker tells me I'm near the end of her tether (LOL) and I try to calmly tell her that life is not static. There will be a day when the business will do better. God will send me readers. Send me a life raft. Or be there to hold my hand and say "Let's go for a coffee and discuss your fears with Me." It's better to be with myself and my company than with people who aren't my fans, so to speak. I work best with those who care for what happens to my business. And I work best when the Spirit strikes me to churn out a chapter or two.
I've got more ideas on what books to write, and it's God's gift. Whatever I am now, whatever I do, and whatever I think of - these are all from Him Who made me. I go from one day to the next trusting that God is there before me. Like He said in the Bible. When I think that, and know that He has mapped out a course for me, then I have no fear. No fear that obstacles can't be surmounted. No fear that some bogey man will come to take me away from what I hold dear.
For a day that promises cold cold weather and snow, it's all the same as when it will promise sunshine and cool breezes. I'm ready for the weather. I'm glad that I am living the solitary business life.