With it being the 4th of July, I am feeling a huge satisfaction in freedom.
Yes, the freedom granted us in 1776, but also the freedom I gained when I made the choice to work as a full-time independent freelancer.
But, is the freedom I have right for you?
There are certain aspects of this freedom that you may discover don’t make it seem free. But no career is completely free, but what I love about being an independent freelancer boils down to several things:
Anywhere at Anytime
The freedom I have as an independent freelancer states that I do not have to commute to a factory or office. I also can choose the hours I want to work.
As long as I have my laptop and an internet connection, I can perform the work I chose as a profession. So if I want to go sit at a Starbucks in Somalia (is there a Starbucks there?), I can. If I want to get up at 2:00 AM to write my next military article, I can.
I can say no
Try to tell your shop foreman no when he asks you to perform a difficult task; you probably will be seeking new employment.
With my freedom as an independent freelancer, I can say no. If I don’t like the job or feel uncomfortable with the morality behind a job, all I have to do is say no thank you.
Freedom for family
With a 9 to 5 job, it can be difficult to have that quality time with family and friends. I now have more of that time.
Up, Up and Away
No more requesting raises or promotions. I can raise my rates as I deem the need. The future is much brighter with this independent freelancer freedom I have chosen.
Freedom doesn’t mean…
If we want success as freelancers, we must not take our freedom for granted (sounds like a typical 4th of July saying).
We must adhere to some basic principals to have success with our independent freelancing choice:
We must be deadline conscious. If we are not able to meet deadlines, we will lose our freedom.
We must be decisive. Perfection can be a fault in freelancing. While we want our work to be perfect, it will never happen. Go with your gut and send the best you have.
We must be good at managing money. Independent freelancing can be similar to a roller-coaster ride with finances. There will be good and bad times. Managing your money properly can help you through the rough spots.
We must sell. That is right! Selling is a part of the freelance profession. You have to sell yourself and your talents.
We must communicate. Communication is a name of the game in freelancing. You must know how, when and who to communicate with.
Happy Freedom Day!
I hope you enjoy your freedom as much as I do!
Happy 4th of July and may the Freedom of Freelancing come good to you!