How do you enjoy the freedom that freelancing gives you?

Posted on: September 23rd, 2010

It’s late September and, here in London, it’s been beautifully warm and sunny. There’s always something special about early autumn sunshine: it’s delightfully warm without the stifling heat of mid summer. And it’s even more enjoyable because we know there are very few warm days left in the year.

Take time out

The great freedom that freelancing gives us is being able to set our own timetable. Which means we can go out and enjoy the sunshine if we wish to.

I can sit in the sun and work on stuff that doesn’t need the use of a computer. Or, I can take time out in the afternoon to go for a walk in the park. Then I’ll either work in the evening or I’ll set the alarm early and start work with the lark in the morning.

If we were working as employees, we just couldn’t say to our boss: “I’d like to take two to three hours out this afternoon.” We’d be expected to sit at our desk all day.

It’s our agenda

I’m sure one of the reasons we all went FREElance was to enjoy the FREEdom that it gives us. When we’re bogged down with client work, it can be easy to forget that we’re in charge of our own agenda. So, next time you feel like taking some time out during the day – just do it. As long as you met your deadlines, you’re free to organise your day as you please.

It’s now 9am – I’ve been at my desk for a while now and I’m about to go to the gym.

When was the last time YOU took time out during the day?

4 Responses to “How do you enjoy the freedom that freelancing gives you?”

  1. Hannah Marcheselli
    September 23rd, 2010

    Couldn’t agree more! Freedom is one of the biggest perks of working for yourself. Today I started work at 6am, because I happened to be awake and felt like it. I’ve just been picking my courgettes and making them into soup and I feel good about it because I know I’m on track with my work. Next week I’m meeting a fellow freelancer for a nice pub lunch in the country – something I never could have contemplated when working for someone else. It’s great to be managing my own time!

  2. Carole
    September 23rd, 2010

    Courgette soup: that sounds tasty.

    Another advantage of managing our own time is we can focus on working when we’re at our most productive and then have downtime at times of day when we’re not that effective. I knew a freelancer writer once whose working day began at 10pm.

  3. Hannah Marcheselli
    September 23rd, 2010

    Absolutely. It’s also great if you wake up with a headache. Instead of battling through it, you can work when you feel better and be confident of producing your best work.

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