First Year As A Full-Time Freelancer Anniversary! Your Job Is Killing You
Day 9/365: How freelancing gives me the freedom to do whatever I want while keeping me financially satisfied and motivated
You’re killing yourself for a job that will replace you within a week after getting rid of you.
If you clicked on this article, the above sentence makes sense for you, without a doubt. Does it? Ok, read that again. And now, one more time.
Done? Great, now read it three times fast. Now write it down 15 times.
Go to a tattoo parlour and have it forever and ever inked on your skin. Don’t actually do that tattoo part, but do the previous parts. The reason why I’m insisting on this quote or life lesson or whatever the heck kids call these things is that it really is true. If you read it enough times, it will start resonating with you, no matter what your job is. If you had a bad day at work, it will resonate with you in an instance.
I’m getting close to my one-year anniversary as a freelance writer and translator. And if there’s one sentence that I can write about the whole experience thus far, that sentence would be this:
“I am a freelancer, and the best part about it is I don’t feel like my job is going to kill me anymore”
My previous jobs all had something to do with journalism. I’ve worked in the media for about 6 years, jumping from the written press to television, radio, the whole spectrum of it. I went through the “9 to 5” ordeal one too many times and it literally drained me. I loved it, but my mind and body never actually appreciated it to the fullest. So my mind, using my body started sending me signals about the damage that I was doing.
I was always carrying too much. I was always the first guy showing up in the morning, even before the offices were opened. I was always the last guy heading home because there was always a little bit more work to be done.
I was always jumping to help my colleagues, and when they failed to do something, it felt like I was failing. Unknowingly, I was putting my well-being, both physical and emotional, in the way of harm and I was crippling my way to misery and despair.
That’s when I stopped.
A year ago, I submitted my resignation and never looked back. I am 12 months into freelancing and I have to admit, although it’s not the dream job you read about online, it really has this simple, unique quality you will never find in any other job in the world.
Freelancing is freeing and that is something that surpasses money, paid vacations or any other normal work benefits.
My working hours never vary, because I am taking freelance extremely seriously. I get up at 9, go for a walk and to grab some coffee, come back home for breakfast, then after that, there’re two options. Number one, I stay home and start working, or number two, I grab my stuff and go out to a coffee place to do the same thing.
90% of the times, I write at my home desk. I find it more appealing, more relaxed and of course, much quieter. I start the day with writing on this blog, which has to be done before lunch. After that, I work on my freelance projects, which take about 2 to 4 hours of my time daily. After I’m done with those, I take on the Psychology course and learn about the brain and why I’m shy with girls and can’t ask them out.
In freelancing, revenue is a very important variable. One day, you might be asked to start 3 or 4 new projects in a matter of hours. The next week, you look at the messaging screen on your Fiverr or Upwork accounts and nothing pops up. Fortunately, it is possible to have a steady revenue even when you’re freelancing, and all it takes is one lucky chat with a future employer.
About three months ago, when I was sure freelancing was about to fail me for good and was looking for jobs in the media again, I signed up for a big project with a guy from Sweden who runs a couple of great travel blogs. Because of our contract, I am not allowed to disclose the names of it, but my job is simply to put together a nice travel-related article every single day, for the 5 days of the working week.
This gives me the freedom to work on any other smaller side projects while focusing on my Medium blog, Instagram and on my school, which even if it’s online, I take very seriously. Freelance work alone makes me about 500$ a month. That might be a small amount where you live, but here it’s like living in Thailand with that money and having your rent paid for and your house expenses assured. It’s bliss, to be honest.
All I need as a freelancer is a laptop and a good internet connection, my Netflix password and some good headphones and I can literally work from anywhere in the world. Vacationing is something that I now do mostly with family, which is odd because I was always a solo traveller. I guess people change when the environment changes.
If you think about going full freelance and you feel that your current job is slowly killing you, I’ll be posting much more content on this subject and maybe, after fully considering everything that goes into it, you will someday be ready to take that first step towards a life of freelancing.
Don’t rush it, but don’t wait forever to do it.
Thank you for your time!
My name is Gabriel Iosa, I’m a 25 years old travel enthusiast, food lover, Psychology student, full-time freelancer, writer and Instagram fanatic. You can follow me @gabrieliosa, and if you liked this post, give it exactly 39 claps!
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