Today I worked as the assistant to the art director of Martha Stewart, and will be for the next few days. This was not planned. I had no interview, wasn't looking for the job and got hired via text message. I simply got a recommendation. Which has gotten me way more jobs than resumes, cards or this website combined. Today's gig was fun and Martha Stewart herself said what I was working on looked great. Freelancing however is not always fun.
Freelance can be brutal and it takes a certain mentality to constantly be looking for work. I really enjoy a lot of the aspects of freelance, but here are my top reservations. Some of them are personal reasons and some are universal Freelance problems.
1) Getting Paid- This is clearly the worst aspect of freelancing and is universal. It doesn't matter if the company is big or small sometimes you have to fight to get paid. Smaller companies have staffing and income problems bigger companies have bureaucracy and incompetent HR departments and then you have the occasional asshole who tries to screw you. Having to call someone to bitch about not getting paid is awful, and its the most important part of the job.
2) Never being able to say no to work- This is universal and is partly a personal problem with me. I have difficulty saying no to work, and this gets me into trouble mostly by overworking myself. Which makes me unhappy, exhausted, and sick. The key with freelancing is not forgetting you are actually in control. You have ultimate control of your week and if you want to spend it doing what you want you should. Being responsible enough to say no to a check when you need a break can be a hard thing to do.
3) Not being apart of something- So this may be cheesy and totally personal. With all the companies that I have worked for as a regular employee I have felt apart of the group, and people at work cared way more about me. I get lonely as a freelancer. You are meeting new people all the time, but the relationships don't have time to develop into something more fulfilling.