A lot of us may be familiar with freelancers and digital nomads from Instagram or YouTube, but what is freelancing like for a “regular” person? In my last blog post, I shared what freelancing is really liked and what a regular day looks like for me as a full-time freelancer. In this post, I will highlight my favorite parts of being a freelancer, as well as some of the insights you shared with me on Instagram.
I think flexibility is the first thing that draws people into freelancing. Being able to design your own schedule is a huge benefit, one that I think will only continue to increase in demand. Especially after this past year, when many have experienced the joy of working from home (or anywhere), suddenly working from an office doesn’t seem as appealing anymore. I also know that many people my age (late 20’s, early 30’s) want to be able to have hobbies or travel for extended periods of time, and freelancing allows you to do so. I started my business during the pandemic, so I haven’t been able to take advantage of the “work-from-anywhere” abilities yet. However, as an international person in Germany, it’s a big bonus that I can work from the US for a couple of months while visiting my family. I’m planning to take advantage of this in the fall, and not having to “save up” my vacation days is huge. In my every day, it’s nice to be able to sleep in a bit if I didn’t get enough sleep, or taking a spontaneous day off when the weather is nice.
Being my own boss
This has been the biggest benefit for me, and I didn’t realize that it would be, before starting out. When you freelance, YOU get to pick which projects you want to work on, nobody else. In the beginning I was not very picky with clients and I had a couple of bad experiences with people taking advantage of me. Now, I know what to look for, and if I get bad vibes from a potential client, or don’t think the project seems interesting, then I simply do not take them on. In previous jobs I had some bad experiences with managers. One was a complete bully who made every day hell for me; another male superior was pretty sexist and would stand juuuust a bit to close to the women. Guess what? When you work for yourself you don’t have to worry about these things happening!
Since starting my business last year, I’ve hired a virtual assistant who helps me tremendously. This is an investment that I’m making into my business, and its longevity, as I am able to delegate tasks and have someone who can work while I’m away. I really believe that us freelancers and solopreneurs reach a point where this is the next logical step. If you have reached the point where you are no longer able to take on more clients or focus on your passion projects, then I would really recommend a VA.
No income limit
When you work a regular job, you usually negotiate your salary when you are hired and then maybe once a year after that. You usually end up with the biggest salary increase when you jump from one job to another, or perhaps you negotiate a bonus structure. However, as a freelancer you set your rates. In my two years of working in Hamburg, I found that the jobs that I was going for were quite low-paid (like 40k per year). While having my own business is more risky, of course, I like that I can think of new income streams or change my rates, so that I’m not stuck with a certain income. So far this year, I have made the same income that I would have made in my old job, but I expect to make at least 5k more in the second half of the year compared to my old job. I know that money isn’t everything, but I, at least to an extent, can control how much I make.
Time to think of new ideas
I’m the kind of person who has a lot of ideas. I’m always inspired and think of new ways that I can grow my business or branch out. Working for myself allows me to dedicate time to these ideas. Take this blog for example; I have a lot of ideas where it can go, and I’ve decided to follow this instinct by dedicating both time and money to it. When I worked full-time, I dreamt of starting BizBabes, but I was so burnt out at the end of the day that I never had time to pursue it. For me, working in a way that allows me to be creative and dream up new things is one of the biggest benefits of freelancing, because it’s something I really enjoy.
What are YOUR favorite parts of freelancing?
In preparation for this blog post, I asked you what your favorite parts of freelancing are. I love seeing your feedback, so please continue to check out my Instagram. Here are some of your comments:
Being a freelancer gives me more freedom and flexibility, allows me to work when it suites best for me and for that day or week, and most of all; I feel I have a much bigger impact. Now, I can follow my purpose ❤️
I love that I’m able to work from anywhere! Now that the restrictions are easing up, I’m looking forward to living abroad for a while and experiencing new cultures 🌍
What do you think, did I miss any of the best parts of freelancing? Let me know what your favorite parts are!