What is the best thing about being a freelancer?

I put it out there on the interwebs this milestone episode. And thank you to every one who responded and I will answer them all, as you know. Today’s question comes from Cameron in the Sustainable Freelancer Facebook Group. And the simple reason I picked it was because it’s a good window into who I am and maybe you have similar values and realistic ideas of freelancing like myself.


Before I jump into the answer, I just want to say thank you. When I started this show, it was a bit of an experiment, and I only gave it 30 days to see if it had any legs.

Because of you, I’ve seen this podcast grow and grow over the past 100 shows and that’s why I’m still here today. So thank you very much for your time each day and support in sharing as well.

With that being said, are you ready to hear my answer?

What is the best thing about being a freelancer?

I had to think about this one for a few days because I could’ve said the standard cheesy responses like:

  • I get to be my own boss
  • I get to work from home
  • I get to work in my pajamas
  • I don’t have to sit in traffic for hours on end
  • I can goto the beach every day

And while all those things are true, I want to share with you my Top 3 things.

Let’s make this a true countdown and start with number 3.

3. It allows me the freedom and flexibility to explore and learn.

When sitting in a cube, I was essentially forced into doing whatever my boss would tell me to do. I couldn’t explore other creative outlets, try new strategies or technology, or even be myself at times.

Being a freelancer affords me the opportunity to do things like this podcast. To interact with other folks through social media, go hang out at conferences, and even work with and learn from great people outside of my geographical area.

2. Work when my energy to tackle the task is optimal.

I’m a big fan of working when it’s best for you. There are mundane tasks that you are essentially clicking around a screen that can be done when your energy levels are low, say at the end of the day or week. But there are tasks that require deep work and concentration and require a ton of mental energy.

This is how I structure my day, around my energy levels.

I’m not a morning person, but I know my focus and brain power is at it’s best when I wake up. Makes sense right? So I do all my deep work in the morning. Do the administrative and lower energy tasks at the end of the day.

I apply this to my week as well. Mondays I don’t even take any calls just so I know that I can start the week off getting a ton of work done. Fridays is often my day of calls. I always schedule out my calls and make myself available to clients, but the scheduling allows me to set the window of times when I know that I’m not in the middle of deep work.

1. I’m in business to be with my family.

This really is the best thing about being a freelancer for me and hasn’t been more evident than in the past week.

We signed TJ up for a music class and a gym class. I saw 2 Dads at the gym class and none at the music class and thought that I’m sure they want to be here, but maybe they can’t due to their jobs.

I actually felt a bit sorry for them in that because seeing TJ interact with other people and other kids, seeing him learn and explore things for the very first time, especially those things that as adults we just take for granted, is honestly the best feeling I think I’ve ever had as a human being.

If you are a parent you may know that feeling I’m talking about, it’s something hard for me to put into words. But what I can say is that along with the feelings I have for my wife, it’s what makes my world go ‘round.

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