Its been almost six months since I’ve posted a “perks & pits” post. This post in reference to life as a freelancer and the situations that I can categorize as either a “perk” or a “pit” of the whole experience. When I write these posts, it gives me the opportunity to reflect on the things that are making me happy and maybe some things that need attention to.
So now I’m officially 7 months into full-time freelance life and here’s my list of perks and pits.
1. Evolving: Allowing myself the flexibility to evolve as a designer/freelancer and to experiment with new opportunities and skill sets. I’ve learned a lot about pieces of my career that I’d like to put more attention towards.
2. Friendships: In these past 7 months my online friendships has sky rocketed. It’s amazing how your online friendships influence your successes.
3. Gaining Confidence to Say “No”: With time and experience I’m gaining the confidence to say “NO” to projects that aren’t perfect for me or my business.
4. Shopping & Expensing: Now that I’m running a business out of my home, there is a gained freedom to shop for props and other “business requirements” that I can later expense.
You can keep reading to see the “pits”
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1. Cloudy Surroundings: With the season changing to winter, I’m feeling the effects of the gloomy days even more. So much of my business is reliant on natural light and my energy levels go up and down with the cloudy/rainy days.
2. Taxes: I’ve mentioned this before, but the realization that my taxes could buy me a really nice car is really depressing.
3. Missing Something: As I figure out the legal requirements to be a self-employed individual I can’t help but have this feeling that I’m missing some really important information or doing something all wrong.
4. Blog Neglect: There are those days where running a business wins out on producing unique content for you blog.