Freedom vs. Stability
The main trend of our time is to get rid of all unnecessary stuff which holds you back from what you want. You only live once, right?
In this regard, the most significant sign of our drive for freedom is that more and more young specialists prefer freelance and/or entrepreneurship rather than full-time employment. Unnecessary to say, how many bright minds have left their snug little jobs at Google to explore something new and pursue other goals.
In fact, I don’t see any profit in staying a small nameless cog in the corporate machine for the rest of your life. If you are smart enough and have an entrepreneurial spirit (or at least a trusted friend to help you out) why not try to build something on your own? Well, of course, this presupposes some risks and a pretty huge work to be done. But no pains, no gains, right?
As one can think of all the perks of the “free flight”, there is not a single reason to stay employed (unless you truly love your job, which I highly doubt). Think of it: you don’t have to spend 5 days a week from 9 am to 6 pm elsewhere; you won’t see your colleague who freaks you out every time he speaks ever again; no one will tell you what to do; you won’t have to do all the dumb stuff your boss tells you to do. And you will be able to enjoy an actual dinner whenever and wherever you want, not just have some snack when it’s allowed and when you have time. And oh well, you will be able to do stuff you actually want to do, like read more than 10 minutes a day (usually a sticker on the back of air freshener spray can at the restroom).
But nothing is as good as it sounds, right? Like they say, entrepreneurs are people willing to work 80 hours a week, to avoid working 40 hours a week. Having a day job, you get a great chance to forget about it for at least 16 hours a day. Having your own business or being a freelancer there won’t be any weekends or days off. You will need to live your job unless you find a way to keep your private life and job separate. If you do, please let me know if that is possible, I would definitely use some piece of advice.
The only freedom that you get going freelance is the freedom of choice. Yes, you are free to decide if you want to work 10 or 15 hours per day. But you are free to say no to many things as well: sleep, family, vacations. But you can as well say no to a client you don’t like or an employee who pisses you off.
You can either work by yourself or get your own team. Either way you won’t have to deal with people who get in the way of your success. And a great bonus of being an individual freelancer: you can work all day long having your comfy PJs and nibbling some goodies. Just watch your weight and don’t forget to get out of your crib at least once a day;)