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Becoming Freelancers

Ditching the 9-5 grind to become freelancers.

By Susan Rov

3 min read

We bailed on the 9-5 grind to work for ourselves because we hated long commutes, endless email threads, and the monotony.

Freelancing was the promised land. We ditched our alarm clocks and deleted Outlook. We got to cherry-pick projects we loved. And when the money started rolling in, we made those Cyber Monday shoppers envious.

But soon enough, the reality bus hit us in the face.

We didn't know we were signing up for a new set of challenges. Like the highs and lows of landing new clients. Plus, having to become project managers, social media coordinators, and bookkeepers too.

Freelancing provides us with freedoms we couldn't dream of. But not without responsibility. The thing is that it's all on you.

😺 Independent = Happier + more satisfied

Upwork Freelance Forward 2022

Being your own boss has a ton of shiny benefits. Like wearing pajamas to work and having unlimited snack breaks. As a freelancer, you can finally say goodbye to the 9 to 5 grind and hello to a life of endless happiness.

You get to choose the projects that light your fire and work on them at your own pace. No more boring meetings, no more endless commutes, and no need to deal with that guy Sam who always microwaves fish for lunch.

Career perks

Well, it turns out that there’s even more benefits on the self-employed menu. Upwork’s annual Freelance Forward report says:

  • There’s around 60 million freelance professionals in the US
  • They banked $1.35 trillion last year
  • More than half provide knowledge services and…

Freelancing provides freedom and control that enables greater focus on health and wellbeing.

With all the crazy layoffs going on, there’s a sense of gloom in the air. Curiously, it looks like most self-employed professionals are shrugging off the economic blues.

While 75% of the full-time employed workforce is worried about the economy going down the 🚽, 69% of freelancers are bouncing to the Biebs’ beats and sipping Margaritas because they’re going to make more 💵 this year. How come!?

Vegas taco buffets

The secret to their optimism is legit. 68% of freelancers have their income spread out like a Vegas taco buffet, with many clients, gigs, and projects all on the menu.

That means less stress and less reliance on one employer's performance, which gives them the chill pill during these crazy times.

Susan Rov

About Susan Rov

Susan traded cocktails and lattes for words that move. As a copywriter on a mission to end boring, she brightens brands and makes an impact. Number 463 on the list of fiction readers left standing, you'll find Susan at sunrise—running, writing, and wondering how to change the world next. That drive led her to become a founding team member of BRIL.LA.