Congrats! You finally quit your job and went freelance. Self-employment feels pretty good, eh?
You can sleep for as many hours as you like...
Hang out with your pets at home all day...
And eat as many snacks as you like, without ever being judged by your colleagues.
Pretty soon, though, you'll realise that freelancers actually have to work to make a living.
Especially with all those extra utility bills you'll get from staying at home all day.
So, time to network and find yourself some work! Get out there, chat to people and be yourself. Right?
People seem genuinely interested in what you do. Great! But how come your inbox is still empty?
Like, seriously? Did all those people who promised you work dissolve or something? WHERE'S ALL THE WORK AT?
You've pestered every person you've ever met about doing work for them. But just as you're about to give up hope, an email arrives. Someone wants to hire you!
YES! Paid work! Things are looking up!
You get to work doing a kick-ass job for your new client. That's when five other companies get in touch, asking if you can do some last-minute work for them.
Now there's so much to do, you can hardly handle all the deadlines! Where were these guys when you were broke and begging for work?
Goodbye, social life! So long, sleep! With so much on your plate, you wonder whether you're cut out for this whole freelance thing after all.
Better suck it up, buddy. You've got clients to keep happy. And guess what? That's a good thing!
You'll have to put in some hard graft to make freelancing work. No one said it would be easy. But once things calm down, you can take as many naps as you like.
Phew, all done! Time for a well earned rest. Right after you've looked over this teensy bit of feedback from the client whose work you delivered yesterday...
"The brief has changed a bit since we first contacted you. Would you mind making a few tweaks? It should only take a couple of hours..."
Let's get real. Freelancing isn't just working in your jammies and hanging out in cool cafés. It's often tough, and you'll face new challenges on a regular basis.
So is it worth the hassle? Well, if you value your freedom, your independence and doing work that you love, the answer to that question should be pretty obvious...
It's TOTALLY worth it!
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