Monday, November 25, 2013

Turning 30: Week 51 - The Dark Side of Freelancing


I've had quite a few part time and full time jobs where I was fully employed, going off to work somewhere and I've always hated it. I always wanted to be my own boss, to work when it suited me. And that's I've been doing for the past few months. And really enjoyed it! But there are definite downsides to being a freelancer. 

One of them is: you only get payed when you actually do the work. That's quite obvious, I know. But it's different knowing that and experiencing it. I've been feeling a bit under the weather and after after I already missed a week of work while I was at the film festival, I had to take some time off to recover and than took some more time to slowly get back to working full time again. So now I'm not only behind on my projects, I'm also realizing that it'll take that much longer until I can write my bills and get payed. As much as I always hated being employed and having to be somewhere at a certain time, I didn't mind payed vacations and sick days!

Having said that, I'd better go and get on with things! What downsides to freelancing have you experienced?

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8 comments:

  1. I hope you get everything done doll. Freelancing is good as you can come and go as you please, but if you don't get enough work it can be a downer. Getting paid is always good. Have a wonderful week xx

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  2. Good luck as you work to make up for that lost work/time.

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  3. Freelancing is an risk, that’s for sure. My experience as a freelancer is that I have been short of money nearly all the time. And, for example, most of freelance actors have not enough jobs as an actor. But on the other hand: Johnny Depp is freelancing very successful. And I think there are some illustrators who can make a living. So just try and find out!

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  4. Week 51 already...which means I assume that this is your birthday week coming up?? Happy advance birthday wishes! I've grown up with both parents freelancing so I've observed first hand how insecure it is. They've done their best to put me off, but it seems to be a direction I'm drawn to.

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  5. Ah, I must have screwed up somewhere along the line. My birthday is in two weeks...
    My dad is a freelancer as well and so is my honey but they have jobs that are very much in demand so it's never a problem...

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  6. Le Genou de ClaireDecember 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    I work part-time and in as-needed basis, almost like freelancing. And yes, it allows me freedom to spend most of my days with my son at home and enjoying this little person. The downside is we have to save a lot and live in a smaller place just to afford the kind of lifestyle that we want. I totally agree about "experiencing" it v.s. just knowing it in your head. It is quite different, no? My strategy is always prioritizing what's the most important thing in my life. So maybe you will move to a smaller apartment so you won't get behind on your rent payment, maybe you make some other sacrifices, but if you focus on the positive, I guarantee you will be happier in general.

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  7. That's a great way of looking at it! Our rent is, thankfully, pretty low (it's Berlin!) but I certainly had to cut down shopping and going out for dinner and all that. It's not a problem but it would be nice to have a bit more income and some point :)

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  8. Le Genou de ClaireDecember 5, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Also, remember this is just temporary. You won't live like this forever (hopefully) -- or you may find that the freedom that freelancing affords is you cup of joe!

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