There are many, MANY reasons to leave the 9-to-5 "Rat-Race" behind to become a freelancer. No more obnoxious bosses. No more superiors stealing your ideas and taking the credit. No more traffic jams. Working in pajamas instead of business suits. But financial stability? Hmmm. Let's take a closer look...





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Written by yoni67
3831 days ago

Shepherd, Thanks for taking the time to comment. It seems like a common theme that so many freelancers can identify with, namely the economic roller-coaster of endless ups and downs. I hope that you will find a solution to the issue; I myself am working on it to no real avail. I will have to get in touch with JS regarding the comments as several people have told me that it doesn't seem to be uploading properly. All the best to you,

Yonatan



Written by shepherd
3831 days ago

Awesome job Yonatan. As a freelancer I feel 100% the strain that you write about. BTW, I tried to leave a comment on Jobshuk and it seems like it is disabled. Shepherd



Written by ShawnHessinger
3832 days ago

Yep, financial stability is not (at first) one of the big benefits of freelancing (or any self-employment, for that matter.) And, as Susan points out, this applies to a much larger group including many small business owners, especially those just starting out. As silly as this sounds, the sooner you can get to the point of paying yourself a steady salary out of your business so that your payments are more regular despite the ebb and flow of your company revenue the better.



Written by yoni67
3832 days ago

Susan, as evidence by your story "I Really Don't Want You as a Client!" which hot 40 today (!!!!!) you too have a wonderful capacity to tell a story! It's really just about hitting on a subject that people can relate to and touching a nerve.

As for keeping away from downtime? I have found that aside from my wife and dog, a biz-blog is the best friend I've ever had. 85% of my business is now a direct result from people reading my blog. That being said, downtime is ever-present. I find the work to be very seasonal. There are times that I have had so much work that I have had to turn clients away and there are times that I have prayed for weeks that a client will contact me :(

I wish you all the best and look forward to reading your next article!

Regards,

Yoni



Written by m4bmarketing
3832 days ago

Yoni,

You do have a way of telling the story and getting a key point across that we can relate to and not just freelancers.

Just a question for you that could help other freelancers, how do you keep the supply of jobs up so it isn't feast or famine. Any tips?



Written by yoni67
3832 days ago

Ajay, IL and Port, thank you so much for the kind words!



Written by ajayjoya
3832 days ago

you point out the right points which comes in the life of freelancer.



Written by ILForums
3832 days ago

2 Thumbs up. Very uniquely done!



Written by Portfolio33
3832 days ago

Wow Yonatan! A brilliant hardhitting look at financial realities of freelancing! Thanks for sharing this slice of life.



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