I love my new freelancing career. It’s just now starting to get interesting! So in case you haven’t heard, I’m working for a few companies now. My success with The Next Family has been steadily rising. I’m about to complete my first advertisement deal for them and I’ve done pretty well with raising social media numbers. I have also completed my training with Oyster.com and I will be doing more reviews now per week which means more mula! And lastly, I’m writing some dating/relationship advice blogs for MarnisWingGirlMethod.com and I’m having fun with them. But having said all that, freelancing isn’t always rainbows and unicorns. There are actually some drawbacks to this kind of job.
Granted there are some awesome perks to being a freelancer. I can work when I want, where I want, for who I want. I don’t always do the same work every day so it is never boring. And I get to learn new things about marketing, social media, PR, contracts, advertising, and of course, writing. But despite all the amazing aspects, the reality is that there are some things that I have to deal with that are annoying, stressful, or disruptive to my career.
For those interested in freelancing or might want to consider this one day, sharing the difficult aspects of this job could help you be aware of what you could face as a freelancer. For those who don’t want to get into freelancing, this just might make you appreciate your job a little more! As for me, writing out the drawbacks might just help me figure out how to improve on some of these freelance aspects so that I no longer look at them as such.
You go to work, give your time to your job, and your company’s HR department handles your paycheck. You might have to sign into some computer system to document your time at work. Most likely, you don’t have to keep track of your work and you don’t have to let your HR department know that you need to be paid.
It is way different for me. As a freelancer, I have to invoice companies for the work that I do and each company that I work for has a different system. Last month, I sent out six invoices. This month I will send out at least eight. Not only that but I have to send out invoices on specific days of the month so that I get paid at an estimated time set up between me and the client. You may not think this is a big deal, and for the most part it isn’t, but it does require a lot of work. I have to fill out an invoice, document the work that I do for them, keep track of dates and hours, and then send off the invoice, and make sure it is received and processed. And then I have to make sure I get paid and keep documentation of that! Some days, I miss HR.
Being Patient with Training & Jobs
Sometimes work isn’t available and when work isn’t available, I don’t get paid. Other times, I have to go through training that may take two weeks or so before I am set up on a system that lets me work a lot and regularly. For those two weeks, I don’t get paid a “training hourly fee” as some companies offer. I get paid for the work that I do and that’s it. Other times, I have to wait for the clients of my clients to pay my client so that I can get paid. I definitely have to be much more patient and have a lot more faith that everything will be okay and I will get paid. That’s a scary and stressful drawback of this career.
Taxes Are Annoying
As mentioned before, I don’t have an HR person handling my paychecks. In addition to that, the companies that I work for do not take out taxes and send it to the government I have to do that all by myself. And whereas taxes is taken out of your check twice a month/monthly/or weekly, I have to pay quarterly taxes which requires a lot more work. That means that each time I get paid from a company I have to take a percentage out, put it aside in a savings account, and then send a sum of money to the IRS for each quarter. My biggest problem with this is that I always forget to take my taxes out of my paychecks! I haven’t even paid my first quarterly set of taxes. I’m interested in finding out if it is easy or difficult. I shall let you know.
Budgeting for Bills Just Got More Complicated
I’m a major budgeter! How else am I going to pay all of my bills and put aside money to travel? Well, now that I get paid at least seven times a month, I have to budget according to those seven times I get paid which isn’t that easy. Every week I have to remember to move money in between two banks, put money in their respective accounts, and pay my bills according to those seven times I get paid. It used to be much simpler to budget when I got paid twice a month.
Critiques Can Be Stressful
About a week ago, I was having a rough day. I was trying to get a bunch of work done when I received, not one, but two major critiques of some work that I had done for two different clients. Now, I was in a MFA Creative Writing program and I can take a critique pretty well. However with the stresses that I was dealing with that day, I was not in the mood for some serious in-depth critiques from clients. The critiques were well-deserved but sometimes getting critiques of your work doesn’t always make you feel great and can get you down. So if you can’t handle those tough days or critiques from multiple employers at once, this is not the job for you.
Distractions Leave Me Alone!
I like the work that I do. Unfortunately, because I don’t work at an office, there are a billion things that can distract me from doing my work (like writing this blog HAHA). Right now, I live with my parents until September. Although I love my family and I have a great time with them, I get far less work done living with them. “Want to go to P2 and get a beer, Alex?” Of course I do! “Want to lay out by the pool?” Duh! “Alex, will you run these errands for me.” Sure will.
My family aren’t the only distractions that I have. Sometimes my distractions are my friends, such as wanting to hang out with them instead of working. Other distractions could be boredom or writer’s block or TV. I’m hoping when I move by myself to Dallas and live alone, I will have fewer distractions. However, I will still need to motivate myself to work and not let exploring the city or decorating my new place distract me from working! There will always be distractions in a job where you aren’t required to work somewhere for a specific number of hours. Can you handle it?
I Work More Than You.
Okay, I don’t work more than some people but I know I work more than 40 hours a week. I usually start working at 9 or 10 am after I work out. I work from then until my parents get off at 3 or 4 pm. From there, I help clean up, cook dinner, or maybe take a bike ride. After all that, I start working again around 7 or 8 pm and don’t stop until about 10 or 11 pm. I do this Monday-Friday and probably put in at least 10 hours on the weekend. In addition to that, I’m always on my cell phone putting in work on social media for The Next Family, even when I’m out with friends or at dinner.
Right now, I do work a lot, but it’s because I’m just starting out. After a few years, when I’ve gained a lot more experience, I know that I will be getting paid more for the work that I do and won’t have to work as much.
The funny thing is, I don’t mind working this much right now. It’s not work when you enjoy what you’re doing.
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