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Candid Thoughts Regarding Freelancing

February 20, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

It has been just shy of eight months since I started freelancing after my internship with Backpacker Magazine and I’d like to think I’ve come to learn a few things. They are as follows:

  • There are no paid holidays when you freelance: just days when you work, days when you travel and are working, and days when you think about the fact that you really should be working.
  • The check is always “in the mail.”
  • Life comes down to one word: hustle
  •  Freedom is an amazing thing, but self disciple is a must.
  • The grass is always greener on the other side. (This one obviously refers to all jobs)
  • Make sure you have at least a few months savings built up to live off of during the transition time. Sadly I went from an internship to freelancing in one swoop which meant I never ate out.
  • Nobody is going to make it happen but you. No boss, no editor, no coworkers. Sure they might be there to help, and they will end up giving you the green light, but if you don’t make it happen it just won’t.
  • Friends will be insanely jealous and think you do nothing all day.
  • Finally, it totally fits my personality, but it’s too stressful at times. 
Categories: Advice, Personal
  1. Wendy
    February 20, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    That’s a lotta learning in eight short months.

  2. Michael J Menard
    February 21, 2009 at 6:38 am

    “Friends will be insanely jealous and think you do nothing all day.”

    Hells yes we’re insanely jealous! C’mon Tim, you have more opportunities than the vast majority of people to go to amazing places and (with a shit ton of effort) get paid for it. I never thought you did nothing all day, but you can’t say that overall your profession doesn’t totally rock your socks. Count the moments in a week where you think: “Damn, this is awesome!”
    Hell, I do that every day and I just make drinks.
    When’s the last time you went for a run and thought the scenery sucked?
    All the best. I’ll have to drop by again sometime.

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