Updated: Sep 23
There is no doubt about it – choosing to be a freelancer can be a lifestyle choice that makes it hard to consider going back to the nine-to-five grind again. It can be freeing to be your own boss and set up your own working schedule; you get to decide when to start work and when you can goof off.
Then again, it can be extremely scary. It’s one thing to be able to play hooky from work knowing that there is work that can be put off until later. It’s quite another to have no work coming in at all. It takes a special kind of person to adjust to the freelancing lifestyle, especially after having a “normal” job and regular paycheck.
You will need to make adjustments and get smart at billing so that getting paid runs smoothly and you don’t have to rely on betting apps or lottery tickets for making money.
But, once you have established a name for yourself and gotten the payment methods down, you are on your way to living a carefree freelance lifestyle. The irony strikes when you realize that you need to have some kind of fixed schedule.
In fact, you will probably work harder than you would ever have had to as a regular employee. As a freelancer you are your own chief cook and bottlewasher – there is no one else to delegate the work to.
And slacking off takes on a whole new meaning when it means not being able to pay the mortgage or the electricity bill. On the upside though, you are working for yourself, not some faceless corporation or some boss that you barely get on with.
It’ll be hard at times and sometimes you will think about quitting but, at the end of the day, it really can be the best kind of working environment, if you are up for daily challenges you set up for yourself.