After 20 plus years working in TV News, I have spent the past 13 years working for myself.
Many people dream of working for themselves, sitting home all day doing what you want, when you want.
Let me give you a little taste of that dream.
My day starts each morning around 4:30AM and that's 7 days a week, no Weekends off at FTVLive.com. I have not slept past 5:45AM in years. Just once I would love to sleep till Noon like I did when I was a teenager.
In the past 200+ days I have taken off a total of 2 1/2 days. A normal day starts at 4:30AM and ends around 7PM. But there is no time clock and I have found myself on more than one occasion working past midnight.
I have no IT, Accounting or Sales Department.... I'm the one wearing all those hats.
When I go out, I normally have my laptop with me. If something big is going down, I find the nearest WiFi hotspot and start updating.
There are no sick days at FTVLive. You wake up feeling like shit, you can't call in. You work no matter how you feel.
So, you might now be getting the idea that working for yourself is not all the rainbows and unicorns that you thought it was. But, there are some advantages to the job.
Here's a list of some of the Pros and Cons to working for yourself:
Pro - I have no Boss
Con - I have no one to blame
Pro - No Bitchy Co-Workers
Con - No Hot Chicks to Hit on at Work
Pro - No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem
Con - I no longer own a suit or any tie which makes going to weddings and funerals a bit uncomfortable.
Pro - I get to hang out with my pets all day
Con - Just like your co-workers, they don't clean up after themselves.
Pro - I can take a snack break whenever I want.
Con - Other than a case of RedBull I have nothing in my refrigerator.
Pro - No Meetings to waste your time.
Con - No office drama to make the day more interesting.
Pro - I can surf porn at work with no fear of getting caught
Con - Ok...there is no con to that.