Why I Couldn’t Freelance Full Time

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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?

August 17, 2016
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  • That’s fab how you can do this I love blogging and my other social media hobbies I dont tend to do the pay bit much on mine as not a fan as have my other job, but see how it can work for others. And well done.X

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    Being freelance isn’t easy, sometimes it can be hard to find work. That’s why I have another job along side being a makeup artist x

  • mummyslittlemonkey

    I didn’t think I could go freelance until I was made redundant from my magazine job and was forced to – and it was the best thing that ever happened to me!

    When you have to earn a certain amount a month it’s surprising how easy it is to buckle down and get stuff done. I could never work in an office again!

  • Laura

    I totally relate to these. I love being self employed but it is so hard xxx

  • LaaLaa

    I think that’s the thing with self employment it’s the uncertainty on the income monthly. It’s never a sure thing, I 100% understand that and it’s better to be able to have full time and do something on the side for extra cash xo

  • I’m self employed and although I love it I totally relate to this post. I spend far too long working some days, going until the early hours of the morning sometimes xx

  • Ah I am full time self employed and it is tough. I definitely don’t struggle to get up – I’m very motivated and never have that feeling of dread. I do get distracted easily though.

    You need to balance this with the positives though – my life is VERY flexible. I can take long lunches with friends, I get to do the school run and never miss a sports day or event. I can plan my diary so I can go out and explore or on nights out and not worry too much about a hangover as I get to choose when my down time is.

    I do know it’s not for everyone though x

  • TalontedLex

    I’m full time freelance and I struggle with all of these things. It’s so hard to motivate myself when there isn’t someone there to answer to (apart from myself!), until it gets to 11pm and then apparently all I want to do is work! I really appreciate posts like this that focus on the more realistic side of freelancing!

  • I can totally relate to the distraction and motivation posts, I am currently really struggling to piece of work for my career. However, I do like being self employed full time despite the uncertainty and lack of income x

  • Natasha Mairs

    I blog full time as my job and it can be hard. One week I can earn nothing an other week I can earn £600. So i have to be careful and make sure I save when I do get paid

  • I can relate, on the rare day where I am not working in my other full time jobs I find it very hard to focus and feel down because I feel lonely. Plus my income from blogging is as you say different each month. I have freelance clients too but its not enough to pay rent, bills, travel, food ect.

  • Helen Clark

    I totally agree with all of these points, especially the loneliness. I like going to work just to have people to talk to.

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    I agree with many of these points! The steady money side scares me the most

  • Shannon Ritchie

    I personally would not freelance full time. I love blogging but for me it’s my hobby and like you said I would get lonely and couldn’t rely on a uncertain income!

  • My mummy works full time too and her blog is her hobby. She couldn’t imagine being at home full time xx couldn’t afford it!

  • Those are totally all the reasons why I wouldn’t do it full time either. At the moment I’m not working as I’m caring for my little one, but when he goes to school and I have that time back I’m likely to find a job because I like having a wage coming in that’s steady.

  • I am exactly the same as you! I would stay up late and then want to stay in bed all day. I also like the security of knowing what is coming in each month x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    If I could match my salary then I would want to give it a go, but it is so very unlikely to happen x

  • Freelancing is anything but easy and people who haven’t tried wouldn’t know. I’ve been a freelancer for more than 10 years now and there is no other way for me :)

  • I work for myself full time, I love it. My money is good every month though, and then some, so I don’t have that worry :) Also, my husband would just cover everything if I was stuck for money. That freedom pushes me to work harder for more holidays + a house etc.

    • I think that’s my issue, living alone means I don’t have that fall back and I hate the uncertainty x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    It’s hard work blogging and working full time there are’t enough hours in the day.

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