Freelancing has changed the way we think about work and it will continue to do so as more people adopt the flexible but flexible way of life.
Freelancing is growing at an incredible rate, with more than 7m people doing it online. In the UK, it accounts for 2.3% of the workforce. We are all different and each use it in different ways but it is here to stay.
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Freelancing allows you to do what you love and the ability to work from anywhere gives you more freedom than ever before.
Here are some ways that freelancing has transformed life.
Funding you for things you want
When I started freelancing, I had a full-time job in law, so I went for a bit of a reverse step to fund my lifestyle.
Working part-time at Starbucks, where I’d spend eight hours a day and love it, I started freelancing full-time. This gave me a big hit of self-doubt and wasn’t an easy sell to my mother as I showed her how lazy I was. She even said it encouraged laziness – which I found fantastic. This meant that with the money I had previously been living rent-free in a two-bedroom flat I could afford to fund a whole house. The house turned out to be amazing.
Since quitting full-time work and self-funding, I haven’t gone back to full-time work and currently have a part-time job working at one of my own businesses. I like the flexibility, freedom and flexibility that freelancing offers. Now I just enjoy going in the morning and just doing something. There isn’t any pressure to be productive. I don’t have to start work at 7am or finish at 8pm.
It could be that in five years’ time, I’ll still be self-funding and I’ll be in a lucky position where my mum hasn’t completely banned me from doing something that would have been illegal at my former company.
Bringing your creativity to life
Freelancing gives you the freedom to do what you want to do when you want to do it, where you want to do it and when you want to do it.
I came up with the idea for my company No Tomorrow as I couldn’t get the human rights legal part of my current law firm to work with me. I was also stressed about a brain tumor I had, so I started researching homeopathy and alternative treatments.
Being able to take what I wanted from life, gave me more freedom and free time to pursue my creative interests and have the freedom to do something that I really enjoyed.
I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that I can do whatever I want and that that kind of freedom is what I love to do.
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Becoming an owner and partner
In the third year of my business, No Tomorrow, I had a big decision to make. That year, my father passed away. Suddenly I found myself with new responsibilities and I had no big income source.
I considered it a difficult and possibly life-threatening decision. I had three sons under the age of 12. My mother was 75. How was I going to deal with all this if the money dried up?
But I took all the anger and disappointment out on myself. I didn’t do my own meds because they weren’t backed up by my insurance. I didn’t eat properly and couldn’t sleep or get to sleep at night. When I thought about it a bit more, I just knew that I would die if I didn’t do something right now.
I had been able to afford to be on my insurance policy, despite my income, but I had met with a handful of companies that would not touch me for a month or more if I was with their competitor.
From this point I decided to only do online work. In the same year I built a new business based on the concepts that I’d written for No Tomorrow. I started to earn real money from it and it provided an income that was way higher than my previous freelancing.
I’m no longer working for myself. I’m an owner and partner of No Tomorrow. I also have the choice of selling the company. I have a strong bond with the company because I’ve created and shaped it with people I love and who really believed in me. This choice was an important one to make. It also allowed me to take my time as