“I didn’t want an unsatisfying career. And I didn’t want to commit to one place – either one company or one location. I wanted to make my own decisions.”
– Rocco Baldasarre
The above quote can resound to many freelancers alike all over the world. After throwing caution to the wind and commit myself to the freelancing world for 2 years, I’ll like to share what I love most about freelancing.
The Freedom Of Working Anywhere And Everywhere
Whether it is sands in between the toes or breaking dawn over my laptop, I love the fact that my office has a worldview. It is I who restrict what I will be viewing.
Flexibility Of Time
I can take on more projects if I know I have more time to spare. Likewise, if I have my family coming over for a visit, I can always take lesser jobs or even none at all during that period.
No Taking Of Leave
I don’t have to take annual leave to go on a vacation, neither to have the hanging burden over my head that my desk is piling with work, waiting for my return.
No Calling In Sick
Speaking of leave, I no longer feel guilty when I fall sick because I don’t have to call in my sick leave. Neither do I have to toss a coin to decide whether to go to work because I’m just having the flu – not too sick to stay in bed but not well enough to make it through the day without a pile of tissue – (I know you are on the fence on this before).
If I manage my deadlines and time appropriately, I don’t have to sweat over meeting my clients’ timeline and rushed out work for them. At times, there are urgent orders but most of the time, I am able to control my time properly to ensure I have enough to contribute some to MiddleMe, some for my family and some for myself.
I can control how much I want to do and how much I want to earn today, this week or this month. I can choose to take on different kind of challenges or experience different industry. I can choose to reject projects that will not benefit my growth or do not interest me.
Chalk Up Different Learning Experience
I can be learning on econometrics now and read up on cryptocurrency next. I can be working on customer standard operating procedures for an Australian startup, recruiting for telemarketing manager residing in Maldives and writing for a finance company in Switzerland. So fun!
Beautifying My Resume
With chalking up on experiences will also mean that my resume will be extremely colourful and diverse. This also means that I get to put my finger in multiple companies, big and startups, different countries and various industries. If I ever go back to the full-time corporate world, I get to choose from those previous experiences.
I’m My Own Boss
If I get praises, it’s all mine. If I get shot down, it’s all my fault. I can choose to give my all and do my best. I can choose to improve and upgrade my skills. The main thing is that I have choices.
In A Heartbeat
I can hop on a plane to anywhere in the world right now if you sponsor my air ticket (and provide a nanny for me). My life has become spontaneous, erratic and I love it! No more 9 to 6, facing the same desk, same tasks, same people.
Most of all, I love it that I don’t have mom guilt. I can leave her with my family and go on a holiday because I know I spent enough time being with her everyday so it is a well-deserved break for me. I know I can quickly rearrange my time within minutes so I can take her to her paediatrician or her playgroup. Freelancing gave me the time that I can spend with my loved ones, allow me to grow at my own pace and best of all, allow me to have an identity as myself.
So what do you love being a freelancer? If you are not a freelancer, tell me what is it that I miss working in the corporate world? Share with us in the comments below.
Best things in life are meant to be shared, start spreading MiddleMe around, after all, sharing is caring.