I missed getting a blog post up last week because we were partying our butts off at Ullr Festival in Breckenridge. You can see photos here on HeidiTown and even a few on Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture’s Facebook page.
And now, I’m sick.
When I mentioned I was sick earlier this week, a friend said I should feel lucky that I am self-employed because I won't have to take any sick days.
Wait one dang minute, I thought. I’d LOVE to take a sick day! I’d love to stay at home on my couch watching t.v. and drinking orange juice and getting paid anyway.
The fact is that there are no sick days for the self-employed.
If a small business owner gets sick, there are no paid sick days coming his or her way. Being sick for a self-employed person simply means 1) you work while you are sick or 2) the work doesn't get done and no one gets paid.
I find that the general populous does not have a touchstone with what it’s like to be self-employed and I find myself constantly educating people on what it’s like – whether they've asked to be informed or not.
The self-employed don’t get paid sick days. They don’t get regular vacations. They don’t get to complain about their boss.
But please don't think I'm complaining. Ryan and I have happily chosen to be self-employed, and we've been in charge of our own destiny for so long now that it would be hard to hand control back over to someone else.
Plus, we can spend 4 days partying it up in Breckenridge without having to ask anyone's permission to do so.
But when we get sick, it would sure be nice to call the boss and let them know we’re taking one or two of our sick days. That would be really nice.
Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is co-owner of Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture, Inc. She is also a full-time freelance writer and founder of HeidiTown.com.