Mental Health and Self-Employment

Mental Health and Self-Employment

Google mental health and self-employment, and you’ll see a discouraging list of reasons why starting your own business isn’t good for people with mental health challenges. That’s not necessarily the whole story, however. That’s why I want to look at why I think starting your own online business can be beneficial for your mental health.

Sites often quote statistics that show people in business suffer more with mental health problems. However, is that true? One in four people experiences mental illness. That’s 25% of people. 25% of people in employment, and 25% of people in self-employment. Viewing it that way, it’s not so clear-cut.

People who have started their own business after experiencing a mental health crisis would argue differently. For people with mental health difficulties, keeping a job is often more challenging than being self-employed. I know many people who battle with bipolar, for example, lose their jobs because of their illness. Running your own online business when you have bipolar, therefore, makes sense, at least in my book!

Mental Health and Self-Employment: Benefits

Keeping your job when you have mental health difficulties can be a considerable challenge. While attitudes are slowly changing, many people receive their P45s because of their illnesses. If your self-esteem is already low, getting the news that you’re no longer an asset to your employer is devastating. Therefore, a lot of people find that setting up their own online business is a boost for their mental health. There are several benefits to this.

  1. You Don’t Have to Make Excuses to Your Boss

When you are the boss, one major benefit is not having to discuss your mental health with people who don’t get it. What’s more, there’s no feeling like you have to keep your illness a secret.

There’s still a lot (too much!) of stigma around mental health, despite efforts to change this. People with mental illnesses are more often victims of misunderstanding in comparison to people with physical ailments. It shouldn’t be that way, but unfortunately, mental illness is feared as well as being looked down on.

Self-employment takes away the unbearable pressure of employers and colleagues who don’t understand what life with a mental health condition entails. It also gets rid of those awful feelings of shame and inadequacy.

  1. Control Over Your Hours and Workload

I’m not suggesting that self-employment with a mental health difficulty is not without challenges. You still have to earn a living, but you have much more flexibility and control. You call the shots. Understanding your limitations makes it easier to take control of your workload, reducing the chances of it becoming overwhelming.

The rigidity of the workplace can be difficult for people with mental health problems. Therefore, being in control of working hours is a huge benefit. You know your capabilities and restrictions, and you can build your business around them. While traditional employment often seems to set people with mental illness up for failure, self-employment does the opposite.

  1. You Feel Like A Valuable Part of Society Again

This is possibly the most significant benefit for people with mental illness who have experienced unemployment. It’s easy to feel as if mental health challenges have stolen your career. You might also think that they’ve left you without anything to contribute to the world. Starting a business gives you the opportunity to change that. You can build a business doing something that you’re passionate about and feel valued as a result.

There are plenty of people out there who are self-employed because of their mental health issues, and their work brings joy to others. If you’re debating about whether self-employment with mental illness is right for you,  my advice is to give it a try! What’s the worst that can happen?

Final Thoughts

For people with mental illnesses, becoming self-employed is often the route to better mental health. For me, it indeed was. My mental health has significantly improved since I launched copywriting and coaching business, and I can honestly say I wish I’d done it sooner!

Why content matters

Why Content Matters

When it comes to your website or print materials that you use with your business, content matters. There’s no getting away from the fact that potential customers will be put off by poorly written content, whilst poorly optimised content means you’re not going to rank for your keywords. Bill Gates said in 1996 that content was going to be the biggest income generator online, and he was right. But it takes quality content to generate sales and income.

Content Matters

I often come across websites featuring content that has obviously gone through an article spinner – recently on the site of a web design agency, no less! – and it makes me want to weep. That’s not me being dramatic – it’s how strongly I feel about terrible content. Now, I don’t blame the owners of the websites entirely. There are a lot of people out there, on sites like Fivver, for example, who offer content at ridiculously low prices. It’s tempting to go for those kinds of offers, but that old adage, you get what you pay for, is too true!

Not only does article spinning hurt your website content, but it hurts copywriters like me, too. Copywriters who charge value-based prices that, in comparison to the guy from India on Fivver, seem extortionate. The prices I charge are, actually, quite low compared to many other copywriters out there, because I believe that budget shouldn’t stop you from having quality content. Note that I said quality content. Sure, you can go for the guy on Fivver, because it’s cheap, but when you’re serious about your business, you need to get serious about your content, too.

How Does Article Spinning Harm Your Site?

Article spinning is common practice, and there are lots of tools that will do it for you online. However, the trouble with article spinners is that they spit out articles and blog posts that actually don’t make much sense when you take the time to read them. That’s because they’re computer programs that don’t understand the complexities of the English language. Here’s an example of what the first couple of paragraphs of this post look like when you run them through an article spinner.

Article Spinning Example

It doesn’t make a lot of sense, does it? Yet people pay for this kind of rubbish, and post it on their sites because they haven’t got time to write their own content.

Please, I’m begging you, don’t use article spinners and dodgy guys on Fivver offering you a blog post for $5. It hurts your site. Google can spot spun content a mile away, and you’ll find your ranking dropping as a result. Your potential customers will think you’re an idiot or a scam artist, and won’t be back, either.

What’s the Alternative?

Well, obviously, the best alternative is to hire a copywriter. It doesn’t have to break the bank, and many of my clients have found that the increase in sales and revenue as a result of having high quality content on their website has more than paid for the price of hiring a copywriter. My prices are very reasonable, and if you’re looking for regular content, then you can get an even better deal since I offer packages that are discounted. If you want to discuss your options with me, or to find out more about why content matters, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.