Freelancing has become almost a right of passage for people who lean more toward creative talents and skills. Appropriately so, freelancing has always had a unique and particular appeal. However, freelancing isn’t exactly as easy and as fun as it may seem. Even though you do get bragging rights about working from home (or from anywhere, really), having your own time in your hands because you get to work whatever time you prefer, and having more personal or intimate relationships with clients since you usually talk and collaborate with them one-on-one, being a freelancer can certainly have its downs too.
Not Enough Work
It’s not often that people turn to freelancers to get a job done. Since the freelancer life entails that you probably don’t have this existing pool of clients or this company name endorsing your work or backing you up, sometimes there’s simply just not enough work to go around. Even if you want to do work or get some work done, you simply can’t if there isn’t any available.
Deadlines = Self- Discipline
Probably the most challenging part of being a freelancer is having to stick to your deadlines all by yourself. Since you’re not restricted to eight-to-five or nine-to-six working hours and you usually work following your own clock, deadlines can be more of a challenge compared to others. Since you most likely don’t have or don’t follow a regular working pattern, deadlines can be overlooked, forgotten, or get piled up. Thus, being a freelancer equates meeting deadlines with a whole lot of self-discipline.
When you work freelance, you’re probably a freelance writer or a freelance artist. Being a person who accomplishes various creative outputs for varying clients with varying stakeholders and purposes, a lot of the heavy lifting is usually put on your shoulders. There are demands to be met and there’s no one but you to get the job done. Although freelancers can collaborate should the opportunity come up, given that this type of lifestyle means that you’re probably someone who’s always on the go, you’re a one-man show and there isn’t really anyone to share the work with.
No Gadget, No Work
Because freelancers are most likely, if not always, equivalent to digital nomads, a majority, if not all, of the work required to be accomplished needs a gadget or computer for accomplishment and submission. On top of that, you ideally need a gadget equipped with tools and accessories that can make you as effective and as productive as possible (such as apps or ergonomic gadget cases). This means that if you remove the gadget from the equation, it means there won’t be an output either.
Overall, the freelancer lifestyle can be a challenge and although it may need some getting used to but the sense of liberation and the power to harness the potential of harnessing your creative juices at the time you feel most productive outweighs almost everything. With a little perseverance and a whole lot of industriousness, the freelancer life is a risk worth taking.