Being freelance is hard. Like, really hard. You are production, sales, accounts, HR. That’s all you (and me). But it’s oh so rewarding and fulfilling too.
My Best Bits:
Obviously you have to earn your money and do your work, but where and when you do it is pretty much entirely up to you.
You don’t have to worry about who’s going to stay in for the plumber or making time for a hair appointment at the weekend – you’re your own boss, so you get to decide how it works.
You can plan your day according to the way that you work best too. So if you’re a night owl, you can work productively into the wee hours and grab a lie in without a worry.
If you’re self-employed you might need a computer and the internet, or perhaps some other tools. But you don’t *have* to be in an office to do your work.
Whether your home office is your favourite place to work, or it’s your bed, a coffee shop or the other side of the world, there aren’t really any restrictions.
It’s More Secure than You Think
At least, no more secure than getting a job. Depending on what you do, it’s likely that you have more than one client, which means that you’ve got more than one income stream.
This means that being freelance has the potential to be more secure than a regular job.
My Worst Bits:
Though you might have more than one income stream, it might not always be the same every month. This can be a problem, especially if you’re wanting to arrange finance for big ticket items like a car.
Combat it by: using a broker – a car finance broker for instance, will work with a number of car finance companies that are sympathetic to your needs.
Sometimes having the freedom to work whenever and wherever means that staying motivated to get up and do work is hard.
Especially if you work at home. There’s cleaning and tidying and Netflix and the cat/dog/pigeon in the garden to be distracted by and let’s not forget the children either!
Even if you consider yourself to be a driven and motivated person, and you know you’ve got to make some money, being motivated when you’re by yourself can be difficult.
Combat it by: setting goals, praising the good stuff and making sure that you take breaks.