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Flexibility, freedom, autonomy… There are many advantages to being a freelancer. You wrote them down in lists of pros and cons when you decided to take the leap, quit your job and go rogue. But there are also those stereotypical (often true) signs that you’ll only recognize if you’re a freelancer. If you’ve forgotten what the concept of ‘weekend’ is, or if getting paid by the hour is your dream, then here are 5 other signs you’ll recognize:
5 Signs You’re a Freelancer:
You have unrealistic concepts of time
When you tell yourself that that article will only take 30 minutes to write, that the blog series is only a couple of hours of work and that that editing job is just a 5-minute review. Suddenly it’s 3:00 am and you’re still working on the first article.
Some days, walking to the kitchen for a snack is your only form of exercise
You tell yourself that you’re going to take an hour off mid-day and go to the gym, or for a run… But then a new assignment comes in and you tell yourself that one day of gym won’t make a difference anyway.
You spend more time in your pyjamas than regular clothes
Sweatpants and a stained t-shirt do not count as regular clothes. Would you wear them out to lunch with your mother? No? Then they’re your pyjamas.
You’re tired of explaining (defending) your job to people
Many people think freelancer is code for “unemployed”. So you suddenly find yourself in a 20 minute explanation of the 500 projects you’re actually working on at the same time.
You’ve forgotten what it’s like to commute
When you get in your car and realize that people don’t know how to drive. Or when you get on the subway and realize you suddenly hate the world and all civilization.