Valentine’s Day is a time to reflect on the things we love. In light of the holiday, I have compiled a list of reasons why I love freelancing.
1. I am my own boss.
When you work for yourself, there is nobody to micromanage your daily tasks. That means I set my own priorities and at the end of the day, I only have myself to answer to. Sure, I answer to my clients, but that would be the case even if I were an employee. The difference is that I don’t have to navigate a corporate hierarchy in order to prove my worth.
2. I choose my salary.
I love freelancing because it gives me control over how much money I get to take home. Freelancing gives me the freedom to choose my own projects, and to price them accordingly. If a client is unwilling to compromise, I have the freedom to walk away. This would not be the case if I were a salaried employee.
3. I choose the dress code.
If I want to work in my pajamas all day, I have the freedom to do so. No pajamas? No problem. If and when I choose to venture out of the house, I usually conform to the traditional dress code of my destination. Usually.
4. I choose my commute.
I love freelancing because I get to choose where I work. If I want to stay home, I stay home. If I want to go out, I go out. I am completely mobile and that means I get to choose my commute. Traffic is not a concern unless I happen to have a meeting, in which case, I can avoid rush hour peak times.
5. I don’t have to fill out time-off slips.
My boss lets me take off whenever I want. I never have to worry about being denied a vacation day. By the same token, my hours as a freelancer can be long and sometimes unusual. Though, I imagine this would be the case even if I were a salaried employee.
6. I call the shots.
As a freelancer, I can be flexible on just about anything. From pricing to deliverables, I don’t have to spend my time obtaining endless approvals from a corporate chain of command. I get to make decisions on the fly, which increases my productivity and earning opportunities.
7. I don’t have to talk about the weather.
I never find myself trapped in the break room listening to Susan from payroll talk about the weather. “It’s a cold one,” is not in my vocabulary.
I have been an employee and I have been a freelancer. I love freelancing because I value my freedom and I enjoy the flexibility.
What are your reasons for loving freelancing?
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