While we can all agree that being a freelancer is the world’s best job, there are some things that only people in the biz can understand. From the relaxed work hours to infrequent paychecks, it takes guts to be a freelancer, but the perks are most certainly worth it. Here are 10 things only a freelancer would understand.
1 Getting paid on time is a luxury
While salary workers can countdown the hours to when their next paycheck drops into their lap, freelancers have to chase outstanding invoices if they want to pay their rent on time.
2 People think you have no job
Explaining your job to people is almost impossible. Regardless of how hard you try, they see you at home on the couch and assume you’re two cents away from being unemployed.
3 Your friends are secretly jealous
While your friends are stuck on a train in peak hour or suffering the spite of a miserable boss, you’ve got your feet up with Netflix playing in the background.
4 There are no sweeter words than ‘free Wi-Fi’
From your neighbourhood coffee shop to your favourite beach, anywhere that has Wi-Fi is a potential office-for-a-day.
5 Afternoon naps are a regular occurrence
When your comfortable bed is just a few metres away, it’s only inevitable that a cheeky nap becomes a daily habit.
6 You’ve completely lost the ability to budget
One minute you’re trying to find coins underneath the couch cushions, the next, you’re rolling in cash and planning a holiday to Bali.
7 Weekends…what are those?
Say goodbye to Monday to Friday hours, now working is an every day thing.
8 Office attire is a thing of the past
Your uniform officially consists of sweatpants and oversized T-shirts. Oh and pyjamas.
9 You always either over-quote or under-quote
You never quite know how many hours a project is going to take, which means you’re constantly feeling either ripped off or wickedly overpaid.
10 You’re the boss
You never have to report to a manager ever. And that’s why freelancing is the best gig of all.