There are a lot of stigmas about what freelancing is like.
And we spend a lot of time talking about what freelancing is.
But recently, GDB has had a lot of visitors who haven’t made the leap to freelancing yet. They’re just exploring the option right now and I feel like it’s only fair that those of us with a little more experience put to rest any myths about what freelancing is. (This list is just a start. Add your own points to the list by leaving a comment.)
So, here we go. What freelancing is not:
Freelancing is not
Freelancing is not passive income.
If you’re looking for passive income (money you make repeatedly from something you do once) then freelancing is not your ticket. As a freelancer you trade hours for money. There’s nothing more opposite from passive income than that. Can designers make passive income? Sure. Here are a few ways. But freelancing, generally speaking, is not a passive endeavor.
Freelancing is not sitting on the beach, sipping margaritas, reading books by Tim Ferriss.
Many aspiring freelancers have this image in their mind that as soon as they break away from their day job, they’re going to be spending most days sitting on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean, sipping some sort of drink with an umbrella in it and watching their bank account fill with cash. I hate to pop your bubble, but I’ve never worked on the beach. Can it be done? Maybe. But do most freelancers do it? We can’t.
Freelancing is not a get-rich-quick scheme.
Just like starting any business, freelancing is tough. It’s not an overnight, turn-key process. It takes sweat, tears, money, and hard work. If you’re looking for a get-rich-quick opportunity, freelancing just isn’t for you.
Freelancing is not easy.
Freelancing is not boss-free.
One of the top reasons people start freelancing is because they can’t stand their boss. Well, I’ve got news for you: freelancing is not a boss-free environment. Do you have a little more control over your day-to-day endeavors, deadlines, etc? Sure. But for every boss you got rid of at your desk job, you probably will pick up a handful more in the form of clients, partners, and employees. Sure, they’re not your boss. They’re not giving the orders. But you’re still accountable to them. And you can’t blow them off any more than you could blow off your day-job boss.
So what is freelancing, then?
Freelancing is definitely, absolutely, undeniably, awesome.
It may not be easy, a quick money-maker, or 100% responsibility-free, but it is invigorating.
And it’s worth the work.