So, freelance careers interest you. Something about working from home (and working creatively) appeals to you. You aren’t alone.
I’ve always said that freelance careers provide a certain kind of freedom that every young adult desperately craves. We grow up watching millionaires and travel shows and dreaming about a life where we have complete control. The reality of being an adult, as we soon realize, is nowhere near that luxurious.
We struggle to get paid a fair wage. We pay our way through college to accept jobs in fields that aren’t our own. Why? Because we need to pay the bills. Because that’s how the world works. It’s a never-ending cycle. And, until you put a stop to it, you’ll never feel that sense of freedom.
Freedom comes when you decide to take the leap into your own freelance career.
While all of your friends are working their nine-to-fives, you get to stay home and sleep in. You get to go to bed at a reasonable hour. You get to save your gas money.
Freelancing comes with the benefits of comfortable living. You aren’t living in luxury. You may not make millions. But you get to be the envy of everyone around you.
Why Freelance Careers Are The Best Careers
You get to work from home. No more long commutes. No more getting out of your pajamas or wearing a tie. And, when your work is done, you’re free to do anything you want.
You get to set your own hours. You get to decide when you work and when you don’t. Stay in bed all day, if you want. You earned it.
If an emergency pops up, you’ll be prepared for it. You don’t have to call into work if a family member ends up in the hospital. Just drop your things and go. Because freelancers have such flexible schedules, re-prioritizing your work will suffice when you need to take an unexpected day off.
You are your own boss. If you want to drop a client, do it. I’m not saying there won’t be any consequences, but you certainly won’t have to worry about paying the rent on time.
You get to relax during tax season. As long as you put aside twenty percent of each paycheck you receive, you won’t have to scramble for money during tax season. Self-employment also means you’ll be able to write off any expenses that you incur for work purposes.
You get to see your work published. Even though it isn’t always published under your name, you still get to see your work spread across the internet in a multitude of forums.
You get to experience dozens of subjects and ideas. You’ll know the conspiracy theories behind 9/11, the direct causes of the civil war, the inner working of a credit score, and fifty unique ways to make chocolate chip cookies. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in new and interesting things nearly every single day of your life – and you’ll get paid for it.
You get to influence others. Even if your work isn’t being recognized under your name, you still have the power to influence other people – sometimes on a very wide scale. There’s something to be said about having that power. And, in your free time (which you’ll have), you can work on your own projects.
More To Come
We’ll discuss all of these benefits and more throughout Realistic Freelancers. Just know that, in following this blog, you’ve made the right call.
Prepare for freedom.