Most people going into freelancing understand that it’s a lot of work. However, I think there is a big misconception out there that we can work whenever and wherever we want. Technically, yes, this is true. And those exact words have been said by myself when explaining what I do. True or not, there’s a lot more to the schedule of a freelancer than meets the eye.
First things first, say goodbye to your routine 9-5 work days. When neither your income or client base are promised on a daily basis, your timing is bound to be thrown off and fluctuate each and everyday. There have been weeks in the past where I literally work 15 hour days, 6 days a week. Yikes. On the contrary, I’ve had less busy weeks where I only worked 3-5 hours a day and got everything done without a hitch. The point is : you can never truly estimate the work week of a freelance creative. Sometimes days will feel endless. Others will crawl. Clients will email you when you least expect it, deadlines will come, inquiries will flow in, and you’ll need to manage your business on top of it all.
The purpose of this particular post isn’t to scare anyone away from freelancing, because it’s truly a rewardable profession. My goal is to wipe away any thoughts people may assume about it being a cake walk. Freelancing does not work when you’re sitting on the couch until 2pm because you can. It works when you get up and do your job, just like the rest of the world! You may have the ( very nice ) luxury to have a later start time or take a personal day off without needing permission, but those things come with responsibility. Work hard & good things will happen!