When you sit at your 9-to-5 and daydream about owning your business, it often pops up with images of you lazing on the beach while your employees get the job done. Or that you’re sitting in cafes across the world, sipping exotic coffees and just loafing it out. However, according to research freelancers work 6% longer hours than employed workers. There are many factors that may contribute to this, such as the ability to earn more the more you work. But it does come with a few perks.
The false sense of security created by the paycheck often results in easy access to debt. Easy access to debt could lead to frivolous spending. Before long, the debt hole squeezes consumers into that dark place where insomnia and exhaustion reign supreme. Getting out of debt when the salary remains the same is not easy and will require far more discipline than ever before. Either that or looking for another income stream.
Freelancers, on the other hand, are not burdened by the set fee. They can pick up an extra customer when needed to fill the gap and soon find themselves in a position to pay off their smaller debts. It’s also far more difficult for freelancers to qualify for debt, as there is no proof of fixed income. They need to jump through a few more hoops to get that shiny new credit card.
Mondays Don’t Suck
Freelancers have the option to get their new week going any day of the week. Their Monday could be a Sunday or Tuesday. In fact, the schedule is calculated according to the deadlines and Mondays are just not an issue anymore. In fact, Mondays may seem like a blessing to those
who have a house full of people and who head out to work. This reduces the distractions and allows freelancers to attend to their tasks more effectively. If there are no Mondays for freelancers, then every day could feel like a Friday!
You Can Work In Your PJ’s If You Want To
I don’t advocate this but after a recent spell of bone-numbing flu, I just stayed in bed. I set up office where it was warm and cozy and just worked through as much as I could, and slept when I felt I needed to. No need to first trudge into the office and prove to your boss that you feel like a ball of exposed nerve endings.
Ordinarily, I like getting up and dressing for the day. Nothing fancy most of the time, but it does make me feel like I’m “going to work” and helps stick to a routine. I just don’t tell anyone that I’ve swapped stilettos for flip flops and stokies.
When You Finalize a Tough Project, You Don’t Need That Pat on the Back
Remember the days where everyone was lining up outside the manager’s office to kiss some proverbial bootie? Yeah, that doesn’t have to happen anymore. Wrap up a project, get paid, and celebrate. The satisfaction of knowing the imaginary staircase to work appreciation no longer exists unleashes something within you that just allows you to create without borders.
Success Means Something Different
Before, success meant promotions, pay increases, and winning the office raffle. Now success means however you define it. Does it mean making millions in cash and going on numerous vacations every year? If you want it to. Does it mean better education and quality time with your children? If you want it too. Or how about finally having the time to focus on things you simply never had the time or energy for? Absolutely. The great thing about deciding what success means to you is that there is no ranking system. You’re not competing with anyone for top honors. You don’t have to “measure up” to remain relevant in your office. Who cares if you still drive that old rust bucket that you bought years ago?
You Learn to Function With Less
What you think you need and what you actually need become abundantly clear when you no longer have company benefits. For instance, I learned that the latest phone is not going to make a difference in my freelancing career. Sure, it’s pretty, but the apps I have on my phone are sufficient for me to perform my functions. I’m also not shy to pull out my outdated $50 phone from my $5 bag to make a few phone calls or reply to texts. In fact, I can see that glimmer of envy underneath the disdain in others as they carry their hefty $1,000 burdens along in their pockets.
I also know now that there is no need for me to have 50 new outfits every year. A minimalist closet somehow seems to work far better (not there yet! Still too much I’m reluctant to get rid of). I don’t care that people have seen me in that dress or outfit anymore. I like it. It looks good. It’s comfortable. Why the fuss?
You Find Yourself In the 0% Judgment Zone
The longer I’m on this journey, the more I realize that it’s not just anyone who can refuse the allure of the corporate machine. That safety net that it provides will all the benefits and whatnots. I also realize that is okay. People who choose to remain employed have their own needs, desires, and journeys. If they find what they’re looking for where they are, then they are living a good life. A good life isn’t defined by spurning your boss and heading out on the open road, it’s about being true to yourself and being passionate about your daily pursuits. Do you wake up in the morning with a grateful heart and a spring in your step? If the answer is yes, you’re on the right track. If not, well, change might be a good option. Whether you’re flying solo or working for a boss.
If you’re starting out as a freelancer, you may want to check out my other post on Best Websites for Freelance Writers.