Someone said :
I get no wages, no holiday not even a portion of the tips and for this my day starts at 6/7am and finishes around 6/7pm ... What's the bloody point ....
As a fellow self employed you have my deepest sympathies. I have had no holiday for twenty years now, have seen my turnover reduced by over 50% over the last five years, everyone thinks they can screw you on price "because of the recession" and those hours of the day when you are not physically working you spend worrying about the future. Savings tied up in the business, no pension being paid into for the last five years and many employed people with pretty much guaranteed incomes refusing to spend any money and a government steadfastly sticking to austerity with not a clue as to how they are going to kick start the economy again.
Telling us the economy is growing because exports have increased marginally is a whole load of rubbish. OK it keeps some people in jobs that they otherwise might not have but basically it lines the pockets of the mainly multinational companies who pay little tax and repatriate their profits anyway. Real economic growth will only occur when domestic consumption is improved, this is not going to happen any time soon, in fact I am pretty sure I will not be around to see it.
The future of many self employed people is extremely bleak.