freelance writing

5 Misconceptions About the Life of a Freelancer

Are you thinking about becoming a freelancer? Excellent! While it’s a noble and rewarding choice, you should know that it comes with a bit of stigma. In 2017 – the age of creators – independent workers still deal with misconceptions about the life of a freelancer.

In fact, the minute I told my friends and family that I was taking on freelance work, they asked if I wasn’t doing well with my full-time job. I became a freelance writer because I love writing and wanted to make a supplemental income doing something I enjoy. Still, even with this explanation, I am one of the thousands of freelancers who have to dispel myths about our lives daily. If you join the ranks as a freelancer, you’ll likely hear these five misconceptions.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to hire or work with a freelancer, don’t believe these myths!

1. Freelancers Don’t Work Well with Others

Believe it or not, some people think freelancers chose to work independently because they don’t work well with others. Crazy, right? As a freelancer, you have to work with others all the time. For instance, freelance writers must:

  • Facilitate conversations with potential clients via email, phone, and in-person meetings.
  • Update clients on the status of their project and account regularly.
  • Collaborate with designers, developers, account managers, and other professionals.

There hasn’t been a day in my freelancing career where I haven’t had to work directly with another professional. As a result, freelancers may be the most collaborative people in the workforce! We understand that teamwork is required to meet client needs and to continue generating work – and therefore revenue – for our freelance businesses.

2. We Have a Carefree Schedule

When you think of a freelancer, do you think of someone who wakes up at 10:00 am, meanders over to the couch, watches TV for hours, and maybe starts working at 4:00 pm? If so, you couldn’t be further from the truth.

Although people believe freelancers have a carefree schedule, their days are packed! Most freelancers I know and work with are dedicated creatives who wake up exceptionally early to start their day.

In addition, this myth means people believe freelancers can take on and complete a project at any time. Some freelancers, myself included, have a full-time job on top of their freelancing business. Meaning, we can dedicate only certain hours to our freelance business. On the other hand, full-time freelancers have a constant stream of clients and projects. Our project and work schedules tend to fill up far in advance.

While freelancers may be able to fit in a last-minute request once or twice, be aware that it won’t be a regular occurrence.

3. Freelancers Work in Pajamas All Day

One of the biggest misconceptions about the life of a freelancer is that we work in pajamas all day. Admittedly, some of us may! However, it’s more about working in what we find comfy and productive. The majority of freelancers dress for work every day. While they may not wear a suit and tie (depending on their line of work), they dress in the attire that helps them be the most productive.

4. Freelancers Work for Free

Listen, just because “free” is in the title doesn’t mean freelancers work for free! Freelancers charge competitive rates for their services, just as any other business would. For some freelancers, their work is their livelihood. Yet some people still want to pay freelancers with “exposure” or “a portfolio piece.”

Should you choose to become a freelancer, know that this is a hurdle you will constantly have to conquer. Be prepared to defend and explain your rates.

5. Freelancers Long for an Office Job

Nope! We don’t. Whether you’re a part-time or a full-time freelancer, the flexibility to work from wherever you please can’t be beaten. The independence of setting your own hours, rates, and clients is freeing. We choose to be freelancers because we love what we do and couldn’t imagine it any other way.

Don’t Believe the Misconceptions About the Life of a Freelancer

Freelancers are hardworking, devoted, creative individuals who are ready to put their talents to work. Whether you’re looking to work with a freelancer or become one, don’t let these myths fool you!

Anne M.

Anne is a copywriter and digital marketing specialist currently residing in the Greater Nashville area. Originally from New England, she leverages her three top talents (writing, marketing, and coffee consuming) for businesses and brands of all sizes across the globe. Anne is a 2013 Marketing Communications/Advertising graduate from Western New England University in Springfield, MA. She credits her launch into writing to her legendary elementary school poem about pizza that wowed the judges and won the creative writing award in her school district. When not writing or working on marketing campaigns, you can find Anne at a coffee shop, exploring somewhere new, or training in martial arts as a 3rd degree black belt.

Catch up on the rest of your content marketing news and strategy

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This