Working without a bra on and other entrepreneurial truths

Working without a bra on

I love working for myself. In my humble opinion, there are a bajillion perks and few drawbacks to being an entrepreneur. But TRUST ME when I say it’s hardly glamorous.

Let me give you a few truths from the other side of the computer screen.

1. I only wear the bare necessities.

Yep. No bra. Bras are uncomfortable and when you work in an office of ONE, completely unnecessary. Also, I ¬†only wear pants if I am expecting a delivery or I need to take the bins out. (<–I literally JUST got a delivery while I was typing that. Luckily, I had pants on).

2. This also means shoes.

Shoes I’ve worn in the last forever: runners, thongs, my one pair of black flats that I use for every occasion. Heels are dead to me.

3. I work very strange hours. And lots of them.

One of the cooler perks of being an entrepreneur is setting my own hours. But the flip side is, no-one picks up my slack. Also, the amount of hours I work exactly equals the money I have coming in. So yes, I can sometimes take a break to watch an episode of The Good Wife at 10am, or meet my friends in the park for workouts at 3pm, or take a few hours to run important errands. But those missed hours have to be made up. With 6am starts and midnight finishes and missing parties on weekends.

4. My entire business is run from my laptop.

This is mega cool and one of my goals has always been location independence. As long as I have Wi-Fi and my laptop, I can work. But if something apocalyptic happened to my computer/the internet, bye-bye business.

5. Admin.

No admin assistants here. Just me and a lot of emails. And a website. And clients to organise. And some spreadsheets and stuff. Which all need to be managed. Daily.

6. Social media is a totally legit marketing strategy.

So weird. I have ‘Time on Facebook’ scheduled into my calendar. Take that, previous bosses!

7. Everything is made up.

I’ll admit, still getting my head around this one. After so many years in cubicle jobs, being told what to do, it’s so strange (but brilliant) to think that I can literally come up with an idea and spend my time working on it and bring it to fruition. I’m only limited by my imagination.

TELL ME, YOU GUYS – are you an entrepreneur? What’s ONE MORE entrepreneurial truth you can add to this list? And if you’re not (yet) an entrepreneur, does this list make working for yourself look totally sexy (wink)?

P.S. I totally love doing this work and promise I’m not complaining ;)

17 Comments on Working without a bra on and other entrepreneurial truths

  1. Claire // This is Lifeblood
    October 30, 2013 at 12:21 pm (9 months ago)

    Hehe love it Alana! Totally agree with the no bra and social media scheduling. And 6am workday starts (my first today and loving it!) and yes, late night finishes. But it’s totally worth it.

    I would also add how much I love the ability to take my laptop (or notebook) to a cafe and write away, feeling very Parisian and ultra-cool-like. Keep up the good, soulpreneurial work sista! x

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    • Alana
      October 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm (9 months ago)

      Agreed Claire – totally worth it! And feeling Parisian is always a bonus ;) X

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  2. Megan Koufos
    October 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm (9 months ago)

    Awesome post Alana, love the freedom that working from home offers ( as I write this without a bra, still in my pjs, with my messy bed hair and no shoes) xo

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    • Alana
      October 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm (9 months ago)

      FREEDOM! Yes. Our outfits sound similar ;) x

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  3. Dani
    October 30, 2013 at 12:53 pm (9 months ago)

    I freaking love this post babe! Totally agree to the no bra & no pants thing lol! And I’m freaking loving our workouts in the park!

    Another perk I think is being able to have your music on & as loud as you like while you work! Oh and also having my puppies by my side for pats, chats & entertainment. I also love that you can make personal calls anytime!! And I love having working days at my other entrepreneur friends houses- I get so much done on those days surprisingly! Life is freaking good as an entrepreneur baby!!

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    • Alana
      October 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm (9 months ago)

      LOVE your additions! Pets in the office and unlimited personal calls = winning! :D Also love working at others houses – we need to do this! x

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  4. Kait
    October 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm (9 months ago)

    I’m an event planner, blogger & eco greeting card designer who also works from home. The best part? Inspiration time on Pinterest, (usually also braless) & legitimately being able to call it work.

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    • Alana
      October 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm (9 months ago)

      Spot on Kait – inspiration time for the win :)

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  5. Caylie Price
    October 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm (9 months ago)

    RANDOM ENTREPRENEURIAL TRUTH: Be up front with your housemates. If you’re recording an interview, politely ask them to please hold off on their french horn practice for the required time period. Usually they will and it saves bucket loads of pain! ;-)

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    • Alana
      October 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm (9 months ago)

      Great tip Caylie! My dog is not as obliging unfortunately ;)

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  6. kate//wordlove
    October 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm (9 months ago)

    Love it, Alana. The no-bra thing is the biggest perk, despite being a literal droop.

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    • Alana
      October 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm (9 months ago)

      Haha – YES. (You have a way with words, lady.)

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  7. Kylie Bevan
    October 30, 2013 at 1:49 pm (9 months ago)

    Hi Alana, yes, on my working-from-home days, it’s exercise clothes, wild hair and bare feet, love it! Then there’s the bonus of not having to decide what I might want to eat over the whole day and packaging it up – on the flip side, sometimes the fridge is my friend-in-procrastination.

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    • Alana
      October 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm (9 months ago)

      Oh yep – I know what you mean! I love not having to pack lunches, and having fresh things to eat, and yet, standing in front of the fridge is a tried and tested procrastination technique ;)

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  8. Amanda {The Savoury Soul}
    October 31, 2013 at 12:42 am (9 months ago)

    I love this post. I’d add “work in pajamas” too. I know there are all sorts of studies that say you should dress for success to be successful but someday’s…okay, most days, I am usually in my pj’s till noon :) without a bra!

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    • Alana
      October 31, 2013 at 7:52 am (9 months ago)

      Yes – totally PJs! :D

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  9. Clare Evans
    March 7, 2014 at 5:17 am (5 months ago)

    Ah the sweet freedom… Love this post Alana, thank you! x

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