The Highs and Lows of Working as a Freelancer

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Many modern corporate drones dream of being able to cast off their three-piece suits and live the unfettered life of the freelancer. They frequently imagine freelancer as those who spend the majority of their days whipping up scenic coast highways in red convertibles with the wind attractively tousling their gleaming hair, but this fantasy is not reflective of the life of the average freelancer.

The average freelancer shuffles from bed toward the computer desk at dawn’s early light, stopping only long enough to make a detour to the kitchen and emerge clutching a caffeinated beverage. Many spend several hours sludging about in crumpled sleepwear before making the transition to jeans or a pair of sweats Most rarely get to don stylish outfits and sunglasses before putting the top down on the BMW and whizzing along a sunlit highway without a care in sight.

However, freelancers do often bring home a bigger slice of bacon than their brick-and-mortar counterparts. The average freelancer makes 45 percent more than the average office drone. Even better, they are overwhelmingly happier than they were before making the decision to fly solo, and most of them are optimistic about their future.

Many freelancers feel as if their livelihoods are not as secure as those who work at traditional jobs. Health insurance, for instance, isn’t one of the perks of working for yourself, and freelancers have to set up their own 401K programs. Recessions can also seriously impact the freelance market.

Although freelancing doesn’t exactly offer a glamorous existence full of fashion and fast cars, it can be a great way for those suited to it to earn a good living while retaining the illusion of being in charge of their own destiny. Only 2 percent of those currently freelancing for a living are majorly pining for the carefree days they enjoyed during their past lives as corporate drones.

The Pros and Cons of Being a Freelancer
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