Some would consider working freelance from home to be an absolute god send. There are a lot of perks, but I thought I’d write a post about the stresses of working freelance. You can find plenty of blog posts and information online based on what people love about freelancing, but these don’t focus on some of the negative aspects as such. This lifestyle may not be for everyone, so I wanted to share some of my blogger friends experiences, as well as my own. Sometimes I need that extra bit of cash to help me pay my bills, which does cause me to become anxious. I now work part time and know what wage I will get from my job every month, so I then work out how much money I may need to make via freelance and blogging work.
There is no set hours or wage when working freelance. Freelancing also involves a lot of negotiation with regards to payment amount for each project. The amount of work coming in can really fluctuate. Some months can be very busy, yet others can be super quiet.
Freelance life can be a little lonely. Although a huge plus side of freelance work is flexibility, it can also be very isolating. It’s vital you socialise when possible, whether this is with friends, your partner, or even at networking events. Contact with other humans is important.
You may have to give up some evenings and weekends, as I sometimes have to with my boyfriend. If you gain multiple projects at once, you may have to sacrifice quite a bit of time so you can focus on getting those completed.
If stuff needs doing, it’s all down to you. It’s important to try get a balanced amount of sleep aka not sleeping too little or for too long. You may need to get up super early or go to bed very late to catch up with your work load. Whilst this is OK to do every so often, try not to let this become a habit. Sleep is incredibly important.
Remember to do the things you enjoy doing, so have yourself a bit of me time. Whether this is in the form of a relaxing bath, reading a book, going for a walk, or simply watching your favourite TV show, these are all great examples of how you can practice a little bit of self care. It’s vital you take time to focus on yourself.
Although I like having the flexibility and variety, I do understand others may find this daunting. Relatives and friends may think of you as “not having a real job” when in reality you work just as hard, if not harder, as a freelancer. As your freelance may lack structure, try to be as organised as possible and always remember to have some time to do your admin work (as there can be a lot). I also think some newer bloggers are under the impression that they will earn a lot of money straight away, which unfortunately isn’t the case. It takes a lot of hard work and time to maintain a blog, plus I didn’t actually earn anything until I’d been running this blog for a year.