In June, I was part of a panel of creatives discussing the life of freelancing with the American Advertising Federation’s New Mexico Chapter. We, a photographer, writer, graphic designer and video producer, were asked why we freelance, and whether there were days we wish we didn’t.
To which I proclaimed that I love being a freelancer, despite the challenges of finding clients, chasing payment (sometimes, not often), and the isolation of working alone. After almost 15 years, I’ve figured out how to address these challenges. Now I help others starting their own freelance writing careers.
The rewards of setting my own schedule, working from home, taking interesting projects and learning a lot about my clients and their businesses far outweigh the downside. These factors, too, were part of why I became a freelancer. And why I’ve never looked back. Maybe that’s why by 2020, 50% of the US full-time workforce is predicted to be freelance.