Anyone who has struck out on their own and pursued freelance work knows what an emotional roller coaster the whole process can be. At first, it's exhilarating. You're officially a freelance writer! (Or a freelance graphic designer, web programmer, photographer, whatever.) You're freeeeee!! so you call up some friends, spend the day at the beach, stay up way too late, and consider throwing your laptop into a bonfire. You are never going to be glued to that thing again!
Then you realize that you actually have to find clients, look for gigs and, you know, work. Anxiety kicks in and you're pretty sure you'll never make it, and you've made the worst decision ever, and, and... Your whole existence pretty much fluctuates back and forth like this until you've reached some sort of balance (or you throw in the towel). For most freelancers, the good outweighs the bad, you become addicted to the freedom, and you never look back. But others find that they actually kind of hate it.Fellow freelancers: what is being a freelance writer like for you? Many consider it to be one of the best jobs in the world, but what actual insight can you give? I've gotten this list started with a several ideas that came to mind, but you are free to contribute and vote to your heart's delight. After you've read it, don't forget to share this with your freelance friends!
StressfulSo, where is your next paycheck coming from now?
Emotionally DrainingDisgruntled clients, negative criticism, unreasonable demands... it can be tough.
Really Hard WorkEveryday I'm hustlin' ... do do do do do do do.
Way More Involved Than People ThinkYou're aren't just a writer/designer. You're also a bookkeeper, accountant, marketer, etc, etc.
HecticWhen it rains, it pours!
FrustratingWhy do people expect you to work for pennies and then refuse to pay you?
A Tax Season NightmareThe IRS WILL come for you.
Not All That It's Cracked Up to BeIn my daydreams, I worked way fewer hours and got paid way more.
DisappointingI tried to strike out on my own but feel like now I'm doing everyone else's busy work.
Exhilirating... at first and after that too! You are free!
FreeingGoodbye office and set hours!
Difficult to Balance With FamilyI thought I'd have more time, but really I'm always working.
LonelyI never thought I'd say this... but I kind of miss the office gossip.
Way More About Marketing Than I AnticipatedWhy yes, I am the perfect person for the job. Here's why...
Self-AffirmingI can be successful on my own!
EmpoweringYou don't have to depend on anyone else for your paycheck (well... kind of).
IsolatingI'm pretty sure I haven't left my apartment for three days.
InspiringYou can choose which projects you want to work on!
The Best Decision I've Ever MadeSuck it, corporate America!
ConfusingWhere do I get health insurance? How do I pay taxes? What should my rate be??
Being a Hot Mess
Too Much ResponsibilityThere's no one to blame but yourself... and it's the worst!
The Best Way to Achieve Work/Life BalanceYou can schedule your own time, and you can take off the whole damn summer if you want!
SoullessI am constantly selling myself. Hour by hour, project by project.