I am incredibly lucky to have a really good balance between work which I do in my own right and that which I do as an Associate for other companies. Both parties in Associate agreements need to remember that the contract is one of mutual benefit and appreciation but overall I've found it works well for me. I had the most horrendous dream the other night and it made me wake up in a cold sweat. It involved going back to work for a boss I had when I was in corporate employment and all the tensions that he, and the corporate environment, used to create. Glad to find it was only a dream! Yes, the security of a regular income was nice but oh boy being self employed is SO much better!
And those employees? Well we've expanded in the last 6 months and I have the most amazing Associate working with me. With, not for. It's a huge laugh, we get on so well and I hope that our Association will run for years to come. This year another Associate may well come on board and again I hope that we can build a very happy and productive relationship built on mutual trust and a willingness to work together for the common good. If you are pondering jumping into the big pond of 'working for yourself' give it a go, I love it!