The more time I spend as a full-time freelancer, the more I've come to realize that it's so much different than I ever thought it would be - both the positive and negative aspects. Last time, I posted an honest look at the negatives of freelancing. This week, it's time to look on the bright side! I hope you give you an inside view at the positives of freelancing.
Here are my absolute favorite things about what I do:
• You can pursue many different business ventures and income streams. As someone who has MANY passions, this is probably my favorite thing about freelancing. Being able to save time on my commute and have more flexibility has allowed me to pursue anything I want. Yes, I'm a freelance designer, but I'm also an illustrator. Not only that, but I have an Etsy shop, this blog, I've written an ebook, and I dabble in calligraphy.
• Freelancing supports personal growth. Since starting my own business, I've developed such a passion for learning. I think it's because I feel more in control of my success and I want to do well in my business. I read a lot of books, listen to a lot of podcasts, surf countless blogs, and take online courses. I've never learned more in my entire life. Freelancing also has a way of bringing your issues to the surface. For instance, if you are disorganized, you will definitely feel it and find the need to change immediately.
• If you need a breather, you can take it. It's not easy to take vacation or sick days as a freelancer, because you aren't getting paid when you aren't working. However, if you desperately do need the time off, you can take it. And you can take as much as you want of it within reason. Just know, that it comes out of your pocket. I've found that if I need the time bad enough, the money lost has little value to me. You can also take breaks whenever you want, and run errands if need be. You don't need permission from your boss to go to things like doctor's or dentist appointments.
• No case of the Monday's. I truly love what I do, so I don't dislike Mondays at all. I actually really like them, because I'm excited to get back into things. Not having to go into an office makes easing into Mondays so much easier. I will say that you'll have a whole new appreciation for Fridays though. Being a freelancer, you'll never have worked harder in your life. When Fridays roll around, you'll feel like you really earned that weekend.
• No commute. Although some freelancers may choose alternative work situations, like working in a co-share space, most of us work from home. Not having a commute saves so much time and stress. Also, there is no racing the clock in the morning. If you are a few minutes late to sitting down at your desk, no one will mind.
• You can work from anywhere. Coffee Shop. The Beach. Paris. You can literally work from anywhere you want.
• You may eat healthier and exercise more. This one is random, but I've found it to be true! Others may feel differently. I eat most of my breakfasts and lunches at home. I also snack while working at home. That cuts out all of the unhealthy office snacks and lunches out. I also exercise more because it's easy to pop out for a run or do some yoga when I need it. I also love taking breaks to walk my dog.
• You can wear what you want. This is the best! Most days, I wear slippers and leggings. I try to still get dressed up, but it's nice not to worry about what others will think of your outfit.
• Your success is in your own hands. I love this about freelancing! There is no other career where what you put in is exactly what you get out. When you hustle, business will be good. Where you want to be in your career ten years from now is completely up to you. This is one of the main reasons I started freelancing. I love being in control of my own success.
Can you tell I really love what I do? I feel happier just writing this article, and thinking about all of the amazing things I sometimes take for granted. Freelancing is not for everyone, but if it is for you, making that jump to freelancing full-time will affect your life in so many positive ways. I'm sure you will have your own unexpected positives that come out of your experience.