Sometimes it’s difficult to tell whether you’re a true freelancer or just someone doing some work on the side. The distinction is an important one, because you’re expected to act differently as a freelancer–and by act differently I mean work longer hours, become a vampire and lose your social circles.
But fear not, I’m giving you a trusty guide to settle the dilemma…..are you a freelancer or not?
(and yes…I’m pretty much guilty of ALL of these…)
You Know You’re a Freelancer When…
- You think working 14 hours a day is something everyone does.
- You wear your best pajamas to important client Skype meetings.
- Your idea of a good time is doing more work.
- Going to the grocery store is your idea of a vacation.
- You argue about work with your dog.
- You keep a sleeping bag in your office so you never have to be far from email.
- Your significant other rolls their eyes whenever you check emails during a date.
- You dream about battling angry clients.
- You don’t have a social life. Wait…social life? What’s that?
- You consider Starbucks your official office.
- The last time you saw the light of day was the last time you left the office…three years ago.
- You forget if there’s a desk underneath all that paper.
- You only go to conferences and events for the cool swag.
- You promise to work just five longer…three hours after you already promised to work just five minutes longer.
- You count your iPhone, iPad, or Android as a business expense. After all, you have to check your emails often when you’re away from the office.
- Instead of going to the doctor when you’re sick, you Google about so you don’t have to leave your work.
- You make up “lunch traditions” just to get out of the house once a week.
- Your parents wonder how you’re paying the bills. What is it again you do exactly?
- After a year of two of freelancing…you’re now afraid to leave the house. It’s so safe here!
- You no longer bother to get dressed or take a shower…what’s the point?
Readers Who Know They’re a Freelancer When…
- @iDamianH You can drop everything and go for a walk.
- @kwhitedesign The only time you aren’t wearing pajamas is the weekend.
- @kwhitedesign Your workday starts at 10 and ends at 1am.
- @kwhitedesign You’ve memorized the wifi hotspots in every part of town.
- @kwhitedesign You actually use business cards!
- @kwhitedesign The coffeemaker is on almost as much as your computer.
- @kwhitedesign You wear so many hats, the hat rack doesn’t work anymore.
- @kwhitedesign By the time you get paid for a job you’ve forgotten what you did in the first place.
- @jaytem Clients expect you to work for free, because after all, free is in your title.
- @CBlasek When wearing pajama bottoms and a button down shirt are normal for video conferences.
- @John_A_Clarke You wonder why people complain of morning traffic while you sit and read your e-mails in your PJs.
- @syedbalkhi When your mom does not understand who you work for.
- @joshlittlejohn You know you’re a freelancer when a conference call means putting on a clean t-shirt and logging on to skype.
- @_DavidSilva When they ask if you just woke up. No, I’ve been working on a very important client while sitting comfortably in my shorts.
- @blikkies You eat breakfast at 2 pm and dinner at 2 am.
When Do You Know You’re a Freelancer?
Have you done any of the above?
Share in the comments.
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