I am working remotely or in other words working as a freelancer for more than a year now and after this time I realized how silly I was before and how many misunderstandings are about freelancers. Not a lot of people share the ugly truth about being a freelancer and what uneasy things it is, but I decided to share all my feelings about it.
“You’re lucky” saying
At first, I was really annoyed that people without knowing my story was saying all the time that “oh you are so lucky that you can do this”. Lucky? Wait what? I was working my ass off to get where I am. I know this from other freelancers, travelers, and bloggers too that other person very often tells you that you are so lucky that you can do this because they imagine that they can’t do this even though they never tried. I work so much every day, way more than I was working for a company, I probably spend 12 hours in front of the computer and I am constantly learning how to improve. I know that in the future it will be easier, but now I am working a lot and it’s only like 10 % luck and 90 % hard work.
Another silly thing is saying ” your parents probably have a lot of money and that’s how you manage to freelance and travel”. But now it just makes me laugh.
It’s quite complicated to explain to acquaintances and new people you meet what you are doing. Mostly I get questions “where do you live?” and “what do you do?” and the truth is I am traveling and working remotely. Although when you say I spent four months in Italy, then a month in France, next I will go to Japan and I am my own boss sounds like bragging and I don’t want to brag. And again I will repeat myself it’s not always sunshine and rainbows, usually, I am working non-stop. That’s how I live now and some people get really jealous, I have really close people in my life who are mean to me just because I do what I love.
At least for me, it’s so easy to lock myself at home for a week just because I have this great idea and I just want to work work work and I have this feeling too often. It’s easy for me not to leave my house at all. That’s why I promised myself that once a week I have to work from another place like a shared office, friend’s house, cafe and so on.
When you don’t have a personal connection with your client, company and you are just an email or just seems like a program which does the task then it’s quite easy to be replaced if something happens in the company or they find a cheaper option. I have to always improve, to personalize my job, to basically be perfect.
Choose a correct hosting program
If you have any freelancing services like digital marketing, programming, design then you will need hosting for a website. I did this mistake and I was in shock how I am not getting traffic even though I pay a lot. After a year I finally chose Hostinger and I couldn’t be happier about this decision, because my website got better at Google search. You can find Hostinger deals here.
It’s a myth that freelancers sleep until noon and work at night or they work only when they want. I have this saying “I am a freelancer, I work when I want to and I work when I don’t want to”. I still have a job as all normal people and have to work 8 hours a day, but I can do at mostly any time and from anywhere and that’s the main difference. But, mostly I have to wake up at 7 – 8 am and to start my workday.
Missing important events
This one is if you travel and freelance. You skip Christmas, Easter, Birthday parties when your best friend has problems when somebody needs you you are not here. I always believed that I can do everything remotely, but it’s not true. Sometimes you need to be in the same room with that important person in your life just to feel good and to help if your friend is struggling. I carry this guilt when I miss those events, but it is my choice and I respect that.
I am doing everything
Do I need a design? I can do that, do I need to work with Prestashop program? 5 hours of Youtube video and I will do that. I am my own accountant, sales manager, designer, writer and many many more. I learned how to do everything and if I struggle with how to search for information or for help.
What? What is that? Mostly if you are ill then you just suck it up and continue working. You don’t have sick days, well, of course, it depends on your relationship with the company to whom you are working and probably you can relax for a day, but it is way different.
Most of the freelancer sometimes work during weekends, check their email in the evening or work during the night. It’s not that you are taking those days off, you are still thinking about work. But you know what? I actually don’t need vacations from my job, because I don’t feel stressed, I don’t get burned out, I work in a schedule which works for me.
Master of concentration
I use so many techniques of concentration, time management, planning, and so many different apps and programs. I managed to understand myself and in which temp I can work and how to concentrate and minimalize my procrastination time. Well… I had to learn that because I get money for the work I’ve done and not how many hours I sit.
You’re at home = You’re not working
You would be surprised how many people don’t understand that you can actually work from home. How many calls I get like “oh you are working at home so you have time to go to this shop, to this event, to do that”, but no I am still working, I can’t randomly go somewhere.
Breaking your heart
This one is only for those who freelance and travel full time, for digital nomads who meet a lot of amazing people across the world and breaking your heart when you have to leave. I wished so many times that I’ve better never met this amazing person because now it hurts too much that I will not see him again. So many times I was sitting on my next flight and questioning myself why do I need to leave. But also I am blessed that I met those people and they made me a better person.
When you’re struggling with money it’s always not fun to live, the best advice I got was to have different money sources. Now I work with 5 different companies and several affiliate marketing programs. You have to control a lot, like when you will get paid and how, because everybody pays me at a different time and with a different method. It’s easy to get lost.
To conclude I want to say that I am extremely happy and I don’t have any second thoughts about my choices and freelancing. If I had to make this choice again I would choose it without any doubt. I became way stronger as a person and a better specialist.