Boy oh boy, to anyone who thinks they know what it would be like to work for yourself, you’re probably in for a rude awakening. I had somewhat of an idea because of my experience side hustling, but even I was in for a surprise.
I hear people regularly say how they wish they could work for themselves or that it must be so nice to be able to work from home… as if this is some kind of magical life full of sleeping in, typing on a laptop in bed and growing money from trees. That sounds nice, doesn’t it?
While there are defiantly great perks to working for yourself and yes, sometimes you could work from bed and sleep in if you really needed to. But this is not the picture you should be painting. Here are a few things I’ve learned to not be true about freelancing.
There is never enough time in the day
It doesn’t matter that I’m not working a 9 to 5, I still find it difficult to fit in doing the things I value and enjoy. Making the time to go to the gym, reading or taking time for myself is still a struggle. I’ve learned that I’m in charge of my time and I have to decide to set the time aside to do these things. I don’t have nearly as much “free time” as I thought I would.
I work more than ever before
For the most part, I work well over 40 hours a week. Between working on client projects, marketing my business, networking and admin tasks, there is always something going on. 7 days a week.
People will look at you differently
As I mentioned before, a lot of people have a glamorized vision of what freelancing is. Implying that “I don’t work” or “you’re so lucky” I’ve heard 100 different variations. I really don’t care of anyone’s opinion, but it’s worth noting and being prepared for. This is not “better” it’s just a different lifestyle.
Living with no structure is not for me
When I first set off on my own, I didn’t really think I’d need a schedule. I remember those first few months I’d start the day off watching the news and then slowly make my way to my desk to get to work. Now, I’ve realized that I need more structure. I know that I can’t start the day off watching any TV… I will get sucked in and then all of a sudden it will be noon. Now, I wake up at 7am, take the dogs on a walk, work out, and then get to work until at least 5pm. I have daily and weekly goals that I hold myself accountable for and this really helps me put in the time and stick to my schedule.
I still don’t know what I’m doing
I’m not sure if this will ever go away and the funny thing is that I’m totally okay with it. Freelancing is not nearly as scary as I thought it would be. I’ve learned so much about my business and myself through this experience and it’s been so rewarding. I may not be certain what the future holds, but who does? That’s what makes this exciting!
What are your expectations about working for yourself? Comment below =)
“As long as you hold fast to your beliefs, values and follow your moral compass – then the only expectations you need to live up to are your own.” – Michelle Obama
Thanks for Reading,