Working for yourself may sound like a perfect career.
Freelancing means you are the boss – you call the shots. No one can tell you what you can and cannot do. You get to work your own hours on your own projects given to you by your own clients… Plenty of people absolutely love freelancing. Everything I listed above makes freelancing sound like the perfect job, right? Here’s the twist: Freelancing is not for everyone.
Time Management is a Pain.
I have worked hard to hone my time management skills, and honestly, I feel I have gotten pretty good at keeping track of my tasks. In fact, I use the task management client Todoist to keep track of my projects, as well as the Pomodoro technique to manage my time (and plenty of coffee to keep myself going, naturally). Running my tasks through Todoist has become somewhat of a ritual at this point; however, I still have to set my own deadlines – something I still am quite bad at doing. Without an employer telling me when I need to have a task completed, I fall behind. Setting your own deadlines (and meeting them) can be a real pain.
Taxes are the worst.
It is a well-known fact that everyone pays taxes. In most career fields you have the option of having taxes automatically withdrawn from your paycheck, which is not the case in freelancing. Instead of having an employer keep up with how much you have to pay, you have to keep tabs on your own taxes (something I really struggle with). This may seem like a small gripe to individuals who have a handle on their income, but this is something I strongly dislike about freelancing.
Finding Clients is tough.
This is my biggest gripe with freelancing. Finding work is tough, and sometimes income is scarce. It takes a great deal of discipline to pay the bills between checks, as well as a lot of perseverance to acquire new customers. In a non-freelancing environment, there is less uncertainty as to when the next check will come in the mail.
Freelancing is not all bad.
Everything I have detailed in this post are rather small gripes. There are a lot of things to love about freelancing. However, I want to be objective in this post. There are a lot of responsibilities that come with freelancing, many of which I have struggled with myself in the past.
What about you? Are you a freelancer reading this post, or are you aspiring to become one? Let me know in the comments below.