In case you haven’t noticed the lack of posts here lately, I have just been swamped with other work and haven’t had the time to dedicate to blogging here. Luckily, there are so many other wonderful writers out there with ideas to share! For any of you other freelance writers, Jess Signet has some great insights for you on the realities of freelance work nobody tells you about.
I would like to thank Amanda for publishing this article. Her site is amazing inspiration for anyone wanting to leave their 9 to 5 and experience the world! She has many great tips for travel, freelancing and life in general. After reading this, be sure to check out her post inspiring fellow writers!
Working freelance is commonly, and accurately, described as “the dream.” The idea of controlling your own time, working when you want to and having the freedom to jet off and do whatever you please is definitely an amazing experience, but there are plenty of sides to working freelance that are rarely considered. Although it’s true that it can be an extremely rewarding and exciting way to live, more goes into the practice than meets the eye.
Here Are 5 Realities Of Freelance Work Nobody Tells You About:
1. Time Management Is Key
For any freelancer, but in particular digital nomads, time management is a practice that you have to be an expert at. The amount of work you put it directly affects your success rate, so staying dedicated and motivated is essential. This, however, can be easier said than done when the rest of your life is spent traveling.
Missing out on that jungle hike that the rest of your hostel are going on or having to leave the bar early to get back to finish up can be a difficult decision to make, so be able to balance work and play is an essential practice that takes a lot of self-discipline.
2. WiFi Is King
Many freelancers work online. Those who don’t often have to report back to collaborators over the internet. Therefore, making sure you’re able to connect no matter where you are is pretty important.
When traveling, the quality of WiFi signals can vary massively, so prioritizing spots where you know you’ll have access is an important, and often unconsidered, part of the job. This may mean that you have to miss out on some of the more remote destinations, or have to spend a bit extra for accommodations with reliable networks, but these are small sacrifices to make in order to have the life of your dreams!
3. Online Security Actually Matters
The modern world is constantly flooding us with advice about online security, and let’s face it, does anyone really listen? Many of us are guilty of re-using passwords or letting our security software go out of date. However, if you’re serious about working freelance, then it’s time to take these warnings seriously.
Falling victim to a cyberattack could result in losing your work, your device or even your wages. Ensuring you’re running a good firewall and anti-virus set up is essential, and if you’re using public WiFi networks, you must use a Virtual Private Network to encrypt your data and avoid it being stolen by malicious prying eyes.
4. The Feeling Of Success
The hidden realities of working freelance are not all doom and gloom. Many elements, some not considered by most, are actually hidden positives of the lifestyle. One of these is the feeling of success. Sure, any job provides you with a certain amount of satisfaction, but watching a project that you’ve created, nurtured and worked on start to grow and provide you with income is one of the best feelings in the world.
Knowing you’re in control of your own destiny and that the effort you put in directly correlates to the success you get out is one of the most fulfilling feelings in the world. You have to work hard, but knowing all that hard work has paid off makes every second completely worth it.
5. You Have To Be Brave
Finally, and perhaps most poignantly, choosing to go freelance requires a large amount of bravery. You’re giving up the certainty of a salary, an office and regular employment in order to live a life of freedom, and doing so is definitely not for the faint hearted.
Not only do you never really know where you next paycheck is coming from, you also need a strong enough mind to be able to manage the constant workload. It’s not like you can go home at the end of the day and your work is finished. You’re constantly required to be connected, motivated and up-to-date with what you’re doing. Working in this way is extremely rewarding, but it’s also extremely trying. If you don’t think you can handle the stress, then it might not be the right lifestyle for you.
There are many elements that make up freelancing and working as a digital nomad. It’s one of the greatest experiences you can have, but it also requires an unimaginable amount of hard work, passion and dedication. If you think you’re up for the challenge, then the life of your dreams could be just around the corner.
Can you think of any other elements of freelancing that are rarely considered? Or have you had experiences with those mentioned that you’d like to share? Be sure to leave a comment below!
About the Author: Jess Signet is a blogger who writes about technology, traveling and technology needed when traveling. Having visited places all over the globe, traveling is both her love and addiction. She does not want to be cured. Jess is new to Twitter, so let’s all show her some love!
Thank you, Jess, for contributing such a great round-up of insights on freelance life! I’ve been working on mastering #1 for a while now, which unfortunately leaves this blog on the sidelines much of the time. But just know that if I’m not writing here, that means I’m busy balancing lots of work and lots of play!
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