Is Full-Time Freelancing Really For Me?

Not sure whether freelance life is for you? I'm chatting about the pros and cons!

So it’s now been over a year since I took the plunge and went self-employed, I’ve always been extremely vocal about how difficult the journey has been so far but recently I’ve found myself questioning whether the full-time freelance life is really for me…

Since heading back to work after Christmas I’ve found myself enjoying working from home less and less. The long days and lack of company have contributed massively to my mood and subsequently my mental health. In previous job roles I have definitely taken for granted the difference having colleagues and a manager to rely on for support when times get tough and the pressure starts to build. Without anyone else to provide opinions or an alternative perspective it can be ridiculously easy to overthink every little detail and constantly second-guess yourself on every decision you have to make. This isn’t a nice way to live and I started to wonder if all of the stress was really worth it.

This week I actually spent a day in the office for one of the companies I used to work for as I’m doing some freelancing for them over the next month. On my morning commute, I was strangely looking forward to being in an actual office with real-life people again. The day went really well and it made such a nice change to my solo working environment. This experience did start to alter my way of thinking and open my eyes up to how returning to an office environment could have a positive impact on my working life.

I'm thinking about making some changes to my working lifestyle and questioning whether freelancing is for me

But it’s the dream?!

SO many people I speak to often refer to my freelance lifestyle as ‘the dream’ and how they would love to trade their 9-5 office jobs to working from home. There are obviously parts that I absolutely love about being self-employed and would find extremely difficult to give up if I ever decided to return to 9-5 office life, mainly the freedom and the flexibility that comes from being your own boss.

Before making the leap and going freelance I often heard people talking about these negative aspects but always believed that they would simply be outweighed by the endless list of positives that came hand in hand. I mean not having to be at your desk for 8:30 every morning, no hellish commute to contend with and even the option to wear pyjama bottoms to work if you’re that way inclined.

More often than not, I really do believe that it’s a case of the grass being greener on the other side…

Dream of going freelance? I'm sharing why I don't think the lifestyle works for me

So, what next?

In short, I don’t really know yet! I’m hesitant to make any rash decisions that I could end up regretting so I’m choosing to simply keep my options open and consider all avenues.

One of those is looking for part time job opportunities although finding something relevant which is based in Nottingham isn’t easy! I’ve also been making more of an effort to organise co-working dates with fellow freelancers and attending as many events as possible to attempt to re-create the office vibes that I’m missing in my day-to-day working life.

It does seem as though I’m not the only one feeling this way as there have been several freelancers I look up to and admire who have spoken out about choosing to head back into the world of work over the past couple of months. Michelle, Victoria and Julia have all shared their struggles with working from home and recently posted about why they have chosen to return to employment. It’s reassuring to see that other freelancers have been through the same struggles I am currently going through, I’m so glad that they chose to share their stories online as it’s kicked my butt into gear to make some changes to hopefully create a happier and healthier working lifestyle!

Not sure whether freelance life is for you? I'm chatting about the pros and cons!

Do you dream of one day going self-employed? Or have you given it a try and realised it’s not for you? I’d love to hear your stories!


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