I’s not all freedom, there is a price to pay
No, it’s not all perfect in freelance world. But to me, it’s worth paying the price. Do you want to become a freelancer? You’re never too old or too young to start. I turned into one right after school. I was 19 and had no clue about anything, still it was the logical choice to make and felt natural to me. I promise you, you will learn a great deal about yourself during the start. Financially, it isn’t always rainbows and unicorns. There are times where you have to eat pasta for a week. Still, it is worth it. Today i can proudly say that i still love doing what i do. I created various businesses and they all are precious to me. Not for the money, but for the magical feeling of creating and contributing to the world. I wake up everyday to work because i really like what i do. Nothing beats that feeling.
A different lifestyle to 9-5ers
Some of my friends are employees, some are entrepreneurs. It’s interesting to see how the lifestyle differs from one another. I would be for example working in weekends, while my 9-5 friends will call me to have a drink on saturday night. To avoid the mass, i like to shop on mondays, you are guaranteed to have as many lanes as you wish in stores. 9-5ers have to shop after their work hours, with the rest of their colleagues. That means stress and long waiting lines. Since i became a freelancer, i never had to set an alarm. I truly believe that humans perform best throughout the day if they wake up whenever they feel like it. Now when i have a deadline, there’s no way i’m leaving my desk. 9-5ers don’t have this problem, they shut the door at work, go home and don’t have to think about it until the next day. Both sides have pros and cons. Of course i will tell you that my side is better. Who wants to wake up everyday at 7:30?
It’s all about personality
I have friends who need to go to work to have fun with their projects. They like the social office chit-chat. They like to talk to different clients during the day. Others are freelancers as well but wish to grow their business. They can handle responsibilities. I know some freelancers who work in an office 2 or 3 days a week. There are so many options to how you want to shape your work-life. In the end it’s all about your personality. What do you enjoy about your work the most? What are you good at? Can you live with rules or do you prefer to make your own? Do you want to be bothered with administration? Which price are you willing to pay?