This is a guest post by Veronica of BrainBoxol.
When we hear the word “work”, the scenario we immediately see in our head is of us working a desk job from 9 to 5. We are wearing corporate attire that can be downright unbearable in some days, making small talk over by the water cooler. And having this exact same scenario play over and over until we’re 60 and due for retirement.
Of course, there are promotions along the way. Or you might transfer departments, job, or careers, but it’s still the same old grind.
This can get old pretty quickly.
The daily grind takes up a great chunk of our lives.
Which means there’s less time for personal growth and activities outside of your professional life. This constant, life-consuming exposure can burn you out not only on the career path that you were once passionate about, but with the rest of your life in general.
Freelancing as The Escape from The 9 to 5
For many who have gone through the exact same thing, freelancing became their escape from the mundane world of a 9 to 5 job. It led to a more flexible field that doesn’t compromise their work-life balance and still aligns with their passions.
It is also becoming a preferred choice among students who are looking to jumpstart their path to their desired career. They want to gain ‘real-world’ experience from business around the world, and earn a lucrative paycheck. That while also having time for their studies and extra-curricular activities in the mix.
Freelancing, however, doesn’t mean you’re working for free.
Freelancing just means that you’re free from the usual 9 to 5 grind. Free to choose your schedule, free to choose the job or clients you take, and free to work anywhere and everywhere.
This is one of the best advantages of freelancing – you’re your own boss, and your work is suited to your lifestyle.
So, if you’re someone who takes impromptu trips to different countries, someone who only becomes productive at a certain time of the day, or someone who’s juggling so many things in life, you can tailor-fit your working hours to your benefit.
As you figured out, this change in the pace of one of the major aspects of your life can bring about some big changes on yourself. In addition, the other factors that are influenced by the time that you normally would’ve spent working in a job with a tedious and mundane schedule will be affected.
When done right, freelancing allows you to improve the quality of your life in a number of ways. Leading to better growth and development for you and your life!
With freelancing comes some lifestyle changes that you should be aware of and be prepared for.
Here are the key takeaways on this infographic about the life of a freelancer:
- Enjoyable and Satisfying Work
- Travel at Your Own Convenience
- Plan Your Day Independently
- Lucrative Earnings
- Time for Your Own Life
- Support Your Family
- Flexibility to Work Anywhere
Learn more about these lifestyle changes with this infographic by BrainBoxol.