Today we are talking about some myths of freelancing. I want to clear up just exactly what freelancing is not. Freelancing for me was freedom. Freedom from working for someone else. Freedom to do whatever I pleased. Freedom to make money the way I wanted to make money.
myth number one you only work in your pajamas
I will admit there have been days where I have worked in my pajamas. It has happened, but it doesn’t happen every day. In fact, it shouldn’t happen every day. I actually do make sure that I get up and get dressed every day for a couple of reasons. First, for when I’m speaking with clients on skype or on zoom’ or what’s app they see me. They’re actually seeing me so I have to be somewhat presentable. I can’t just be like you know hair all over the place. It’s also making me feel better. It’s making me feel more confident. When you’re in your pajamas all day it’s kind of a mindset thing. PJ’s are for sitting around and watching Netflix and you can’t do that if you got up and made sure that you are dressed. They’ve done studies on this that show that the clothes you’re wearing have an effect on how you feel.
myth number two – you’re instantly going to make tons of money
You will make money as a freelancer. It’s not gonna happen overnight that you’re going to be making thousands of dollars a day. Now I have those kinds of days which are really, really awesome. It’s not every day, but the days that does happen it’s awesome. I do a little dance I celebrate but that’s after six years freelancing. I can now say that I have definitely I’m definitely making more money than I was before. I’ve almost tripled my salary from the last job that I had. That’s four years later, however. It didn’t happen overnight. It took time to build up my network, my experience, and my clients. It did not happen overnight and let me tell you, it did not happen from taking off at three o’clock to go to the beach every day. In fact, me going to the beach is kind of a new thing. I was on my computer. I was putting in the hours. I was putting in the time. I was putting in the dedication. I was making it all happen.
myth number three – being a freelancer is less stressful
Let me tell you, it’s definitely not less stressful. I’m not going to say it’s as stressful. I mean it has its benefits. I don’t have someone right here to tell me what to do. I do actually think it’s kind of the same amount of stress. it’s work stress. If you have work stress when you’re going someplace and working, you have work stress when you’re sitting here and working. It’s getting things done. That stress isn’t going to just go away because you decide to become a freelancer. That stress is gonna go away when you decide to work on your mindset. That’s a whole other topic but that’s something that you’ve got to think about too. Where is that stress really coming from because becoming a freelancer is not the answer to getting rid of that stress.
myth number 4 – you get to be your own boss
Ok yes, you are the boss and maybe something you didn’t notice when you were working for someone else before your boss isn’t even the boss. You know who is the boss? Your clients. You’re gonna find yourself constantly having to check in with them and make sure that they have everything that they need and that they’re happy no matter what business you’re in. Your clients on the one you’re gonna be answering to. Maybe before you were answering to your boss and your boss was answering to the clients. Now you’re you’ve kind of just taken out that middleman and you’re directly dealing with the clients. So you’re gonna have different struggles with them. You’re gonna have amazing clients and you’re going to have clients that maybe need a little extra help. It’s definitely gonna take some time but you’ll get there.
myth number 5 – your time is your own
I do get to schedule my time. I’m recording this video at 9 o’clock at night. I get to schedule when I work and when I don’t work which is great. But here’s the thing, I work a lot. When you’re calculating that you work 80 hours a week you know it’s not like you can just decide I’m gonna take you know this week off and not do anything. That’s not gonna move your business forward. That’s not gonna move you forward and it’s not gonna do anybody any good. It’s definitely not going to do your clients any good and it’s not going to get you to a place of growing your business. If you want to take a week off paid vacation, freelancing is not for you. Either right now you know you’re gonna find yourself that you might be working nine to five even though you were trying to escape the nine-to-five you’re still working 9 to 5. That sounds weird. You’re not really gonna have normal hours. You’re gonna have some late nights. You’re gonna have some early nights. You’re gonna have half days. You’re gonna have full days off. When you get to set your own schedule it’s great but you do still have to set a schedule. You need to have office hours. You need to have time that you’re available. You need to make sure that you’re there.
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