Top Five Reasons to Freelance
May 8, 2007
There’s no mistaking the fact that being self-employed in any capacity is tough, but instead of complaining about everything from the long hours to the money issues, I’m making a list of the positives.
1. Setting your own hours. Work the best between the hours of 10pm and 2am? Or are you the early bird who gets the worm? If you’re a freelancer, you can tailor your working hours to the times that you’re most productive. Or course, you may end up clocking more actual hours than the average cube-monkey, but at least you won’t be wasting time.
2. Creativity and the ability to think on your feet. You become much more flexible and adaptable. After all, you are the one who has to solve every problem and handle every situation. I like this post on the “9 Attitudes of Highly Creative People” from the Problogger himself.
3. The chance to learn about things you would have otherwise never heard of. This one is more applicable to writing than anything else, but thanks to article assignments, I’ve researched topics like the American Ruralist movement, male vs. female consumer patterns, and how to make the perfect mojito (although I probably would have looked that one up on my own).
4. The sense of self-reliance. Granted, you don’t have the security of being employed by a company, but every penny you make is your own (after taxes, of course). For me, there’s also the pride of knowing that I’ve managed to do something I truly enjoy and get paid for it – the first time I paid my rent based solely on income from writing was fan -f$)%ing -tastic.
5. Getting paid to do something you love. Enough said.
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