Why I could never be an employee again

Work at home mum garden set up, laptop wine and glass

I’ve been a Work at Home Mum for about 7 years now. I took voluntary redundancy when I was on maternity leave with Girl Child and haven’t looked back. Before that I was working part time in libraries while my Mum looked after Boy Child. Having had a taste of working for myself, I am certain I never want to go back to being an employee. It’s a bit like I’ve been deinstitutionalised! Here the reason I don’t think I could ever be an employee again.

I don’t think I’d actually make it to work

Every morning, I leave the house at the last possible moment I need to. I’d love to blame the kids for this but they are up at 6.20 (Every bloody day) and aren’t allowed downstairs until they have brushed their teeth, showered/washed and got themselves dressed. This means they are basically ready for school by 7am. The problem is me. I just love sleep too much. Once I’ve managed to get myself up, I need at least half an hour with a cup of tea before I can even contemplate getting dressed and making breakfast. If I had to get myself to a point where I looked presentable enough for work, there would be no chance of me managing it before the kids needed to be in school.

I couldn’t deal with having a boss again

One of the main problems with the whole job thing, is the whole boss thing. I hate being told what to do. While some of my bosses have been fine (great even) there really is no guarantee. You might take a job where the boss is great but then they leave and you’re stuck with some insufferable idiot on a power trip who wants to time your bathroom breaks.

How would I do the “life admin”?

I spend a fair amount of my time dealing with life admin. Not just mine, but the kids too. As well as (all the) cleaning there is a constant stream of invites, permission slips, dates to remember, appointments to make and events to plan. I truly don’t know how parents who work out of the home cope. If I got a job, I suspect I’d very soon be “that Mum” who doesn’t reply to invitations and the school have to constantly chase for trip payments.

I wouldn’t be able to eat all day!

Eating what I want, when I want, is one of the great joys of being a work at home mum. Now that the kids are in school 9-3, I structure my day in such a way as I can fit in two snacks and a lunch and sometimes all of these meals consist of chocolate and crisps, particularly after the school holidays when I’ve had to eat properly for a week or two. I suspect that if I was a work, I wouldn’t afforded the freedom to eat on a two hourly basis.

The Politics would push me over the edge

I know from experience that I wouldn’t be able to stay out of things. Working in the public sector I saw a lot of decisions made they I knew were crazy. I was never able to stand back quietly and just watch the service users suffer. This meant that work was often a very stressful experience and I really would t want to go back to that.

I like to be in control

Just the idea of having to be at a certain place, at a certain time everyday makes me feel trapped. One of the things I love about working for myself is the freedom to choose how I spend my days. If I’m bored of something, I can do something else. If I’m not feeling great, I can work on something I find easier. If inspiration strikes, I can run with my idea without having to wait for anyone’s permission.

When I was employed I was pretty much always looking for the next job. I got bored very quickly and was always searching for a role that would keep me interested. Working for myself means that I’m free to choose my own direction so that I don’t get bored and that is really the main reason I don’t think I’ll ever be an employee again.

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  1. June 28, 2019 / 3:05 pm

    I currently work in retail and hate it. I have just gone back to work after having 6 months off due to depression. That time off has really made me realise how much I want to work for myself and be out of there. Hoping that soon I will have my blog making enough money to at least cover my part-time wage and I can hand my notice in. And I love your eating plan, more jobs should let you eat every 2 hours lol.

    • Jo
      June 28, 2019 / 7:35 pm

      Retail is hard going if you’re hating it, fingers crossed for you that you start making enough from your blog soon and can indulge in my two hourly eating plan! X

  2. June 29, 2019 / 7:01 pm

    I agree with this so much! I was made redundant last year while I was pregnant and haven’t worked since. Before redundancy I worked for my partner at his VR arcade and other than discussing what was required of me in our company group chat it didn’t feel like I had a boss. The plan once we secure investment is to make me a company director so I’m hoping I don’t have to be an employee again!

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