The Scary Side of Self-Employment

Halloween isn’t exactly my favorite time of year. Scary movies, scary costumes, scary thoughts of my kid not looking before Self-employmentrunning across the street to the next house’s candy stash—it’s all a little unnerving.


This year, I’m facing my fears head-on by volunteering at local nonprofit theater organization’s “Zombie Fest” event. I’ll be dressing as a zombie. I’ll be assisting at a photo station, snapping pics of other people dressed as zombies. And I’ll be helping to set up and clean up after a showing of the popular cult classic Night Of The Living Dead.


My skin crawls and I get goose bumps just thinking about it.


Standing up to fear. That’s something small business owners and solopreneurs do every day. Starting and running your own business is a scary proposition. It’s an endeavor fraught with uncertainty and the unexpected.


Here are a just a few of the fears you face when you’re self-employed:


  • Rejection
  • Income that fluctuates
  • Unreasonable clients
  • Entering networking functions alone
  • Competition
  • Losing a client
  • Cost of health care insurance
  • No paid vacation
  • Delivering your elevator speech to a roomful of people
  • Scope creep
  • No sick days
  • Charging too little
  • Trolls on social media
  • Too little billable work
  • Too much work


It takes courage, a willingness to work hard, and an overarching attitude of optimism to overcome these fears so they don’t disable you with dread.


As I don my zombie garb and go beyond my comfort zone this Halloween, I’ll think of you, my self-employed friends. Stay brave and show those things that go bump in the night who is boss.

Your turn! What other fears have you had to overcome as a solopreneur or small biz owner?

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Full-time independent content writer and copywriter based in Lancaster County, PA. I am not Amish nor do I drive a horse and buggy, but they pass by my house every day. I'm a fitness enthusiast, lover of live theater, and I believe everyone should adopt a pet from a rescue (unless you're allergic). I specialize in blog content, website copy, newsletter articles, industry editorials, press releases, and social media profile content. Please note that when reading my blog, you interpret and use the content at your own discretion and risk. Tips and guidance that have worked for me, may not produce the same outcome in your situation.


  1. You hit it on the head, Dawn. Owning your own business can be scarier than Freddy Kreuger! 🙂 I will say that I’ve been lucky enough not to run across any trolls, yet (online OR in real life!).

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