It’s been about two months since I started freelancing. Here are some things I’d like to share.
- Getting paid is hard: I remember thinking that it would be different for me, but it’s not. Getting your clients to pay you is one of the hardest things to do. The enthusiasm they have for getting their work done doesn’t carry over to the cheque signing process. It slows down by about a factor of a million.
- My weekend’s pretty long:I go for movies at 11.00 in the morning. I go to the library whenever I want. I play basketball at 5.00 pm. I don’t worry about waking up early and being late for work. My time is my own. I love it. I also work on Saturdays sometimes. Heck, I even worked on a Sunday. But I have a true seven day weekend as well. Thanks Ricardo Semler.
- Being afraid is overrated: When I thought about freelancing earlier, I always wondered about the things I didn’t know like creating an invoice, marketing, taxes, finances, and a whole load of other stuff. You know what? It doesn’t matter. I learn as I go along and it’s fabulous. The first day of a freelancing assignment I created a Statement of Work. Next time, it was so much easier to do. I’ve even created a proposal for a prospective client. I also know how to create invoices now. (Okay, creating invoices is no big deal but it was for me.) Hey, and I’m getting that service tax thing figured out too.
- I get to meet people: The one thing I was sure that I didn’t want to do was to sit in front of my computer or be at home and be alone all day. In the last couple of months, I’ve met more friends and done more stuff (out of home) than I used to when I was working full-time. This has taken effort from me (to not sit and watch TV) but it’s been worth it.
- Being my own boss rocks: I love working for myself. Is it scary? Sometimes. But most of the time it’s a rush and I enjoy it. Plus, I get to choose what I want to do and it’s a pretty cool choice to have.