Freelancing Benefits

One of the main reasons I quit my job was because I wanted to write full-time. I wanted to do something for a living that made me happy, and my desk job certainly wasn’t cutting it. I’d been writing at night and on weekends, and there wasn’t a lot of time left for sleeping or dating or anything else. I decided that I wanted a life more than I wanted a regular paycheck, so I decided to take the leap and quit my office job. I have to say, it was a little scary to quit – everyone thought I was crazy. And maybe I am, leaving a real job with benefits and a steady salary to do something that gives me no guarantees, no stability, and certainly no retirement plan!

In all honesty, though, I love it. I get up every morning at the same time I used to get ready for work. I shower and eat breakfast, and then sit down at my computer to check emails. I confirm the work that I have to do for the day from clients, set up a writing schedule and spend a few hours writing. I take a break for lunch and do whatever chores I need to, and then I get back to writing until dinner. Once I’m done eating dinner, I tend to go online and look for more writing assignments or do some personal writing. And that’s pretty much my day. Before I go to bed, I submit everything I’ve worked on for the day and mark it off on a calendar. If there are days that I don’t have work, I can spend it either as an off day, free writing, or I can go online and look around for possible jobs.

I’m actually surprised at how much I get done. There are days where I don’t actually work all that many hours but I feel like I get way more accomplished than I ever did with a full day at work. It’s amazing what the lack of a commute, enjoyable work, and a flexible schedule can do for your productivity!

I’m not going to sugar coat it, it’s stressful trying to find jobs and worrying about money. I tried to be smart when I quit. I did have some money put aside and made sure I had some regular freelance clients that gave me steady enough work to cover my basic expenses. Working from home has allowed me to save some money, too. For example, it was easy to cut back on eating out when I’m home with access to my own kitchen all day. And now that my coffeemaker is more convenient to use than the coffee shop near my old office, I save even more. With no commute, I’m not using my car as much. That’s also a huge help. I was stopping to get gas once a week on my way home before, and I think I’ve filled up once this whole month!

I wasn’t sure if I would regret leaving my job but so far, I can’t say that I do.