Working as a freelancer with my wife and 3 kids at sight is a good thing for me, it’s the biggest benefit of working from home can give.
But just like other good things in life, working from home as a freelancer do have its own version of disadvantages as well. Some people might think that being a freelancer is quite an easy task or way of earning. But the truth is, its not, it’s hard, it’s tough.
Below you will find a list of my top 4 “freelancer problems” I am facing right now. For sure some of you can relate to it so read on and give me your thoughts about it at the comment section.
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1 – Unstable Flow Of Earnings/Income
My earnings or income depends on a lot of factors. The number of clients I am having, number of articles I am writing, search engine ranking, flow of economy here and abroad, number of hours I am working and so on and so forth. I can control and manage some of the said factors but the majority of it, I cannot. I just have to wait and anticipate what will happen next. So unlike being employed wherein you will know immediately how much you will earn for the month, working as a freelancer won’t give me even the estimated amount. I am still earning a bit OK though, but not that OK to fully enjoy the earnings of working from home.
2 – Over-working/Under-working
Since I handle my own time and schedule, sometimes I tend to over work or under work my self. There are times wherein I sit in front of my computer for almost 18 hours or so (from morning till early morning of the next day) and there are times that I just work for 2 or 3 hours or so (when not feeling the groove to work). Unlike being employed where I only have to/must work 8-10 hours at any given or working day (standard working hours here in Philippines), its kind of hard for me to attain that (as a freelancer).
3 – Lots Of Distraction
This one I think is the biggest problem for me and other freelancers out there as well, distraction. Distraction might come from your kids, your environment or surroundings, sudden trips or any unexpected events or happenings. It happens to me daily. Even though I have my own set of schedule for the day along with the exact time for each and every task I have to do, still, I can’t perfectly finish it at its given time. The result, I have to adjust everything or worst skip some to cope up with the remaining time I have at hand.
4 – Increasing Bills To Pay
This one is what hurts me the most. From the time I started working from home (by the way I started my freelancer journey at the last quarter of 2011), our electric and phone bills started shooting up. I know its given since I am using my computer now almost non-stop 24/7. Not to mention other stuffs I have to turn on (that consumes electricity) every time I am working at home.
I know some of you will say that, it all boils down into proper budgeting and time scheduling. It all goes down on dedication and self discipline. For me, it’s easier said than done. Although I am doing (not trying!) my best to keep the said disadvantages or problems at its manageable state, still its kinda making a big effect not only to me but to my family as well.
So how about you? Do you share the same story? How’s your life as a work from home freelancer?
Note: I am not complaining about my life as a freelancer. I love my work/job/task or whatever you can call it and I think I still earn much OK compared being on being employed years ago. I just wrote down the above article to share my own experience and to show that life of a freelancer is not always at its greatest state.