Alongside my full-time job I run this blog as well as I can but I also work as a freelance copywriter providing copy for businesses and brands for their website or blog. A lot of people have asked me why I don’t think about going freelance full time and while the concept of getting up when I want and working when I want is massively appealing and I probably do have the client base through freelancing and my blog to make enough of a wage it’s something that I really feel strongly against doing for a number of reasons.
There’s no guarantee of a steady income- Some months I might make £300 a month freelancing, others it might be £900 a month. If I chose to do it full time I’d hate not having a guarantee that each month I’m going to get a certain amount. With a mortgage and various outgoings which can’t really be stopped, so I need a steady income. Currently, freelancing just supplements my wages.
I would struggle to get up- I only manage to pull myself from bed now because I know if I don’t I’ll be late for work and get told off. If I was working for myself the whole ‘Five more minutes’ thing would become a daily tradition and I bet anything I’d rarely start work before midday by the time I got up, dressed and ate something.
I get distracted far too easily- I know when I’m trying to work I always end up procrastinating and going on Buzzfeed, reading people’s blogs on Bloglovin, checking up on Facebook, looking for cat pictures, and anything else. At my full-time job, it’s just the worry of someone catching me doing something which isn’t ‘work’ which keeps me doing what I should. If I was at home alone then I’d probably do 2 hours of work over an 8 hour day.
I’d get lonely- While I do like my own company if I worked freelance full time I think I would end up super lonely as I could go a whole day (or more if I didn’t go out) without taking to people. Being in an office and working with other people means that I have to communicate with people even if it’s just chatting about the latest episode of Stranger Things we watched.
I wouldn’t know when to stop- To be honest this is sort of a problem I have now of working late into the nights but if I was freelancing full time and work came up I’d probably start working even later or even at weekends as I hate saying no to things, especially when they pay. If I freelanced full time I think I’d spend far more hours over a week doing work and I think my social life would suffer because of it as I don’t have an off switch.
Do you freelance full time? If not would you?