Why I Love My Boss

Instead of ‘why I love my boss’, I suppose the title of this post should be ‘why I love working for myself and being self-employed’.


woman holding a why I love my boss sign


Seriously though, I make a pretty epic boss. I never tell myself off for being late. In fact no-one tells me off for this, unless it’s my eldest waiting in the rain for me to collect him from outside his secondary school.


I give myself holiday time whenever I want it, even if this does usually entail a mass scheduling of blog posts before we go. I let myself work in my pyjamas if I want. There’s no dress down Friday, instead it’s often a dressing gown Sunday.


Working for myself means that my tea and coffee run is super quick. Just the one cup to make unless I have visitors, this is in direct contrast to when I used to work in a bank. Tea runs then were usually for ten people, the kitchen was up 4 flights of stairs with locked doors to manoeuver with my key card. Usually there were mugs to wash before I could even think about making it.


Not to mention everyone wanting different amounts of sugar, strength of tea and various other random requests. I think the small amount of patience I have, was learned through working with others and doing tea runs. The ones who never said thank you, taught me the restraint of not ‘accidentally’ spilling their drinks on them.


Another bonus to working for myself is that I can work as and when I want. I can write anywhere and even pretend I’m ‘working’ at the beach – instagramming photos of the beach when everyone else is at work to torture them is definitely ‘work’. Honestly.




I do however think I may need to give myself a written warning for the messiness of my ‘work station’. This weekend there is going to be a whole lot of cleaning and clearing out going on. I suspect I will pay myself a bonus for doing it, payment in chocolate of course.


There aren’t many jobs where the boss lets you watch films at the same time as working, or sing along loudly (badly) to your iTunes library. I can also watch funny cat videos on YouTube without my boss telling me off. Not that I waste a lot of time doing such things of course…


My ‘job’ these days is the perfect match for me. I get to classify some of my biggest passions, photography and writing as ‘work’. I don’t think it gets much better than this, being able to love what you do and also feel that sometimes what you do can make a difference. My life has changed so much since I started blogging and freelance writing, all for the good.


Now if I can just work out how to give myself an instant pay rise often, then I’ll be living the dream ;)


Do you like your current job? I won’t ask if you like your boss, as I don’t want to be responsible for anyone getting fired…


Stevie x


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  1. 24 July 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Haha I’m sure you make a fabulous boss! I also adore freelancing, although I don’t allow myself to watch films while I’m working, I’m too easily distracted!

    • 24 July 2016 / 3:59 pm

      Ha, I hate silence when I’m working. I seem to need some background noise, usually music though ;)

      Stevie x

  2. 24 July 2016 / 5:02 pm

    I love my current job as a stay at home mum (on maternity leave) and blogging, but when I go back to work in October I don’t mind my job as a deli doll but I have better things I need to be doing – like writing and being a mum!

  3. Lisa@intotheglade
    24 July 2016 / 5:45 pm

    I’m a lawyer in real life – nuff said ha! It sounds like you have it just right Stevie xx

    • 24 July 2016 / 8:08 pm

      That’s impressive though Mrs Brainbox ;) I just need to work on that pay rise now ha ;)

      Stevie xx

  4. 24 July 2016 / 6:38 pm

    This is my dream! I am meant to go back to work in September when Alice starts school and I am desperately trying to find a way not to. I love being at home for my girls and I don’t want that to change. Mind you I would have to make do with a view from my sofa and not the lovely beaches like you xx

    • 24 July 2016 / 8:06 pm

      The main issue for us was the cost of child care, especially for the school holidays. This plus Fin’s Type 1 meaning he has more time off of school than most children, means working from home is the best option for us…. now to work on making it in to a full time wage ;) I hope you manage to find a way to work from home lovely.

      Stevie xx

  5. 24 July 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Awesome boss you have there Stevie! I’m an accountant and I love my job and bosses (5 of them!). They won’t let me work in my jammies though – boo!! X

  6. 24 July 2016 / 9:56 pm

    LOVE this post. I dream of one day being my own boss – and you seem to love yourself quite a bit :) x

  7. 25 July 2016 / 12:13 am

    I need to find a way to be my own boss it must be amazing.

  8. 26 July 2016 / 9:57 pm

    Can you be my boss Stevie, promise you I will make you nice cups of coffee all day long. I have 2 bosses I suppose. Myself for when I am in blogging mode, and my other boss when I go to work for 10 hours a week. Both are not bad people and one makes better coffee x

  9. 29 July 2016 / 7:57 am

    Being your own boss is probably the dream of many people. Lucky you! Could I have my tea not too strong, please? No sugar, but a lot of milk, please? Kidding! #PicknMix

  10. 29 July 2016 / 8:19 am

    These are all the reasons (especially the singing and the coffee) I used to love working from home when I had an office job. My office since blogging has been various coffee shops, but when O starts school I intend to get much more into the pj work ethos! Costa arent so keen on you rocking up in your jammas! Now if only I could get a beach for an office I’d be set!
    Love it #picknmix

  11. 29 July 2016 / 10:09 am

    Loved reading this, it’s actually very inspiring. This is my dream too but it’s going to take some time. Reading posts like this helps me remember that it is possible. #picknmix

  12. 29 July 2016 / 10:24 am

    Ah this is great, I’m also my own Boss and I love it, I would really struggle to go back to working for someone else! I’m very jealous of your being able to work from the beach, it looks so amazing.


  13. 29 July 2016 / 11:11 am

    During my working time, making the hot drinks was always the worst part of my day! I always panicked about getting it wrong for everyone! I’ve always had nice bosses though! #picknmix

  14. Helen
    29 July 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Being your own boss has so many positives – I’m my own boss half of the week and I work for someone the other half. I love the balance and the pros/cons from both sides :) #PicknMix

    Helen x

  15. 29 July 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Hehe I love this! My desk always gets so messy too, I think it’s because as mums we have to start then stop all the time. So we have to just down tools int he middle of something to go and cook, hang out some washing or do the school run. I think you deserve a pay rise! Tor xx #PicknMix

  16. 29 July 2016 / 2:08 pm

    I can relate to every element of this…including the messy office bit! I love working for myself and working from home and can often be found in my pj’s past midday and you know what…who cares! Loving it! #picknmix

  17. 29 July 2016 / 3:12 pm

    I’m a midwife but on maternity leave at the moment. After reading your post, I really like the idea of not going back but in fairness I do love the job. Maybe I could do 1 day a week and have best of both worlds. You definitely have it all worked out, living the dream and good luck to you #picknmix

  18. 29 July 2016 / 3:47 pm

    I got made redundant shortly before I fell pregnant, so i’ve been out of work for just over a year now. The tea run was definitely the worst though. I wasted so much time at the coffee machine! #picknmix

  19. 29 July 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Hehe great post. Im well jealous :)
    I know i would be a nightmare working for myself always finding excuses!! Thanks for hosting & nice to virtually meet you x #picknmix

  20. 30 July 2016 / 9:19 am

    Ohh you’re so lucky, I would love to one day make enough money from my blog to be able to call it a job. Being your own boss sounds fabulous, I bet you are glad those day run days are behind you..they sound like an absolute nightmare! Xx #picknmix

  21. 30 July 2016 / 10:21 am

    I would love too be my own boss and be able to work from home. However, my husband works for himself and employs staff and hardly ever takes holiday because he is the boss. So I guess it is all swings and roundabouts – for us anyway! #PicknMix

  22. 30 July 2016 / 3:44 pm

    Hee hee, I love my boss too ;) I was pretty confused at the title until I read the post, thinking ‘I never knew Stevie had a boss?!’ :) #PicknMix

  23. There's always time for tea
    30 July 2016 / 5:56 pm

    This made me laugh! I’d love to be able to call my blog a job one day, I have a long way to go though if it’s ever going to happen! xx #Picknmix

  24. 30 July 2016 / 9:14 pm

    I have a fabulous boss, she’s the best boss ever! I can take as many days off as I like, understands my children come first and most of all I don’t need to dress up for the office. ( I’m self-employed )

    I run a small handmade business and I honestly haven’t been happier. As for the workspace that needs a major overhaul, especially when working with glitter!


  25. 30 July 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Wow, sounds like you have one awesome boss! I currently work as a Communications Officer so spend all day writing and then all night writing for the blog too! It’s good that I like writing! #PicknMix

  26. 31 July 2016 / 3:14 am

    This is great! You make some rather valid points. While I enjoy the work I do (helping teens) the actual job itself is rather stressful but at the same time laid back. I think like anything else it has its pros and cons. I definitely miss being a SAHM most days but remind myself that I am making a difference in the lives of our youth. Thanks for hosting #PicknMix it’s my first time linking up.

  27. 31 July 2016 / 1:43 pm

    I do like my job but it is so difficult in the summer as I am so busy and work nearly all the time. I am looking forward to the winter and having a bit of a break to spend with my little man #picknmix

  28. 31 July 2016 / 4:15 pm

    This is fab – I love it too, although I don’t know if it’s quite a job for me yet ;-) But I sure don’t miss the very specific tea rounds and loving Loose Women on in the background as I work! Thanks so much for hosting #picknmix great to join in xx

  29. 31 July 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Sounds like a great boss! It’s great that you get to do things that you enjoy and that they are also enjoyed by others. I love looking at your photos and reading your posts. Keep up the good work! You should definitely get a bonus for the cleaning. #picknmix

  30. 31 July 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Loved this blog post so much I’ve shared it on Twitter. Thanks for hosting #PicknMix

  31. 31 July 2016 / 11:09 pm

    Aww its great when you can do something you really love and make it ‘fit’ into your life. I’m a full time mum and blog in the evenings and I love it as I can be a ‘mum’ when Mia needs me and then do my own thing too :)


  32. 5 August 2016 / 6:53 am

    I’m on maternity leave at the moment so life is pretty good – I’m not sure how I’m going to juggle two kids, work (long hours) and a blog when I go back cut I’ll worry about that when the time comes! I would love to go free lancing I just don’t really know where to start! Love the comments about the tea run that really resonated!! Thanks for hosting #PickNMix xx

  33. 5 August 2016 / 6:39 pm

    I’m content in my job, I have a good work/life balance working 3 days a week in a job I don’t hate. Thats good enough for me #PicnMix

  34. Rob
    30 September 2016 / 4:39 pm

    I realised quite recently that blogging ticks a load of boxes for me and, if blogging was a thing back when i was at school, perhaps the careers advisor could have directed me to it sooner. It would be great to make a living from blogging for all of the reasons you’ve mentioned, but as a newcomer i’m quite far away from it being a realistic choice. Maybe one day. Love your blog by the way, and #PicknMix

    All the best, Rob