Working from Home – My Experience (1)

This one is a no-brainer, if you’re thinking about working from home, you’ve to make sure you’re ready to work hard and spend all your time & energy for it. In addition, you’ve to make some sacrifices as well which includes not having time for a social life, having to work really early or late in the day and skipping meals.

All your hard work aren’t fruitless, you do get rewards for your hard work but it’s not as easy as it seems to be. For me, I had to work on my projects as soon as I woke up, from that way I would be done at 3/4pm and I had had the time to do the rest of my work later on in the day such as running errands, cleaning the house and cooking.

Also, working on your laptop all day long can be exhausting and the last thing you want to do is to spend even more time working on it, because of that my blog had to take a step back so take into consideration all these factors before you start freelancing.

I believe there’s enough places for everyone, it doesn’t matter what field or industry you are when it comes to freelancing but it’s such a competitive environment. You literally have to bid for your clients/projects which I’m not a fan of, I’d rather let my work speak for itself and wait for clients that want to work with me instead, but that’s not the ideal case when you’ve to pay your bills.

This might be completely different depending on each field but most of the times, either the first candidate who contacts the client gets the job or the client will decide which candidate to pick based on their experience & work. Also, you’ve to have your eyes opened for any opportunities available so you can jump onto it straightaway – if you wait you’ll miss your chance to earn money.

Obviously when you think that’s all the issues you might face and you start to lay back for a second then you meet some clients who misuse your work by not paying your invoice, by sabotaging your business, by selling your work, etc.

If there’s something I’ve learnt is you need to have a thick skin if you want to freelance. There are so many things that could easily get you which in my opinion aren’t worth it at all.

The scariest part about freelancing is the financial part, not knowing when you’re going to be paid is something but not knowing if you’re going to be paid is another thing. Usually when you’re starting out it’s all going extremely well, it’s only when you’re taking many projects/clients that you see the real part.

You have to do a number of projects to be able to gain a certain amount of money which adds so much pressure because there are a tons of freelancers out there.

One month might be the best month you’ve earned and the next – you might not even get a single project which makes this environment unpredictable. There isn’t any stability when you’re freelancing in terms of projects, clients and money so you can’t be financially secure.

Apart from the competitive and business side of freelancing, it’s really an amazing experience to work from home! There are so many advantages such as being your own boss, working whenever & wherever you want and being able to do something you love. Obviously, you’ve to work hard for the things you love in life so if this a field you’re interested in, I’d completely recommend it!

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