March 12th, 2008 by Bob Bly
A few weeks ago during a tele-seminar, the interviewer asked me, “Bob, why did you become a freelance copywriter?”
I answered with the first thing that came into my head: “The thing I love most about being a freelance writer is not having to wear a suit and tie.”
He laughed. But I wasn’t kidding.
Yes, the freelance life has a large number of pros … and probably an equal number of cons.
Some of the perks are big things: the ability to work at home (which I don’t), spend more time with family, throw away your alarm clock, work your own hours, choose the work you do, and be your own boss.
But sometimes, it’s the little things that make a big difference.
The little thing I hated most about my stint in corporate America was having to put on a suit and tie every day.
As a freelancer, I can throw on a pair of jeans with a rip in the knee and an old flannel shirt in seconds, and I am ready to start the day.
Beard stubble? Shave later … or tomorrow. Need a haircut? I’ll worry about it next week.
Next to not dressing up, the second best thing about freelancing is not fighting rush hour traffic.
Most freelancers work at home and brag about the 60-second commute from their bedroom to their attic office.
My rented office is only 8 miles from my house — a pleasant 15-minute drive through local streets that totally avoids rush hour traffic.
I know all this may sound a bit petty … but as I said, it’s often the LITTLE things that make the biggest difference.
Are you a freelancer in your field? If so, what’s your favorite thing about the freelance lifestyle?
If you’re not a freelancer — but are thinking of making the transition from corporate employment to self employment — what tempts you most about the freelance business?
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