What Does Freelancing Mean to You?

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What Does Freelancing Mean to You?

Post by MegStewart » Wed May 17, 2017 3:52 pm

We had a question from new member who isn't familiar at all with the term "freelancing". I thought it would make a good thread if we all talked about what the term "freelancing" means to us.

To me, "freelancing" for me means that I get to choose what projects I work for, what clients I work with, and when and how I work.

What does freelancing mean to you?

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Re: What Does Freelancing Mean to You?

Post by PJ (Admin) » Wed May 17, 2017 4:57 pm

To me, freelancing means endless hours, endless stress, but complete freedom and contacts that can open so many doors. Webmasters, SEO companies, publishers, agents, film producers, comic book publishers, internet celebrities--I've worked for so many different people and have learned a lot from each of them.

So, it's stressful, but it's worth it in the end.
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Re: What Does Freelancing Mean to You?

Post by Shana » Thu May 18, 2017 12:56 pm

A combination of the both. Freelancing isn't really choosing when to work, because I work about 15 hours a day. But yup. Choosing who I work with, choosing to take a day off if I feel like I can swallow the income loss, and being responsible for my own earnings. If I don't work, I don't get paid.

I've also got a habit of leaving projects half finished. I'll get bored listening to myself type about, say, cell phones. I'll switch to a different project for a while and come back to it later. Not having someone breathing down my back is one of the best things about the job.
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Re: What Does Freelancing Mean to You?

Post by Karen » Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:03 pm

Freelancing to me is being able to do the work I want to do, when I want to do it, and pretty much how I do it. I can do it in my PJs late at night, or in the nearby coffee shop first thing in the morning. I want to travel more so this is the perfect option for me.

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Re: What Does Freelancing Mean to You?

Post by PJ (Admin) » Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:10 pm

Karen wrote:
> Freelancing to me is being able to do the work I want to do, when I want to
> do it, and pretty much how I do it. I can do it in my PJs late at night, or
> in the nearby coffee shop first thing in the morning. I want to travel more
> so this is the perfect option for me.

I actually know someone who does this and lives a nomad lifestyle. No home, just constant 4/5 star hotels and resorts around the world. He makes a lot of money from websites and digital marketing as well, but same idea. Personally, I've never been able to blend the two. I did once finish a novel in a Berlin hotel room, but it came close to ruining my holiday. And my relationship.

The words, "I can't sightsee today, I have to work" don't go down too well with my other half.
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Re: What Does Freelancing Mean to You?

Post by Karen » Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:20 pm

PJ (Admin) wrote:
> Karen wrote:
> > Freelancing to me is being able to do the work I want to do, when I want to
> > do it, and pretty much how I do it. I can do it in my PJs late at night, or
> > in the nearby coffee shop first thing in the morning. I want to travel more
> > so this is the perfect option for me.
>
> I actually know someone who does this and lives a nomad lifestyle. No home, just
> constant 4/5 star hotels and resorts around the world. He makes a lot of money from
> websites and digital marketing as well, but same idea. Personally, I've never been
> able to blend the two. I did once finish a novel in a Berlin hotel room, but it came
> close to ruining my holiday. And my relationship.
>
> The words, "I can't sightsee today, I have to work" don't go down too well
> with my other half.

I don't know if I could do it long term. I'd like that option though that I'd be able to go to Florida and see friends when the weather gets cold here. I have friends throughout Canada that I'd love to visit too. I'm hopeful I can make it work in the near future.

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