I'm Back Like a Bad Dream

Well, after a much needed and longer than planned break, I am back. I will have a lot to catch everyone up with my life. Lord knows that there is plenty to talk about. So come back frequently to stay up to date (if interested, LOL). So I will start at the last entry and begin my accelerated catch up. And yes, I will try to keep them short for ease of reading.

I have been free-lancing since September doing programming and web work. I know that some people think that this is an awsome experience, but it definitely has its drawbacks. Although I work on projects on my own time, work from home, "am my own boss", and decide which projects I want to work on I have come to the realization on a few other things.

1. When free-lancing you will sometimes have periods that you don't have jobs. No work = no money. So you have periods that you are doing fine and then all of a sudden...... silence. When that happens you sit at home, broke.

2. You have to work three times as hard as you do on a normal 9-5. In order to try avoiding problem #1, you must constantly be on the look out, networking for new jobs. Meaning that you really don't set your own hours because you MUST make yourself available 24/7 just for the prospect of a job.

3. You really aren't your own boss. You still have to present your work to someone for critique and Must provide in order to be paid. You must also still work within their timeframe.

4. Working from home can make you very lazy. There have been times when I haven't left the house for days. Then find yourself taking showers later and later and before you know it you have almost been more than a day. Nasty, right? But true.

5. No benefits

I have lately been interviewing for a few full-time jobs or 9-5 for those very reasons. I had a company here in Jersey that has called me back for the fourth interview today. It seemed to go well and will know something by tomorrow.


Bougie Black Boy December 19, 2006 7:35 PM  

about time you came back to blogland. . . Yeah freelancing has its drawbacks--I know this all too well. But one good thing is, once you have some dedicated clients, they'll remain faithful for life.

Dayne Avery December 20, 2006 9:46 AM  

Welcome back.
I know all too well about freelancing. The life of an freelance artist can be rough for all the reasons you listed and more. But, the thing is you have so much damn talent. I know the time you are without clients will grow shorter and shorter until eventually you will be singing "Gimme A Break" Like Nell Carter in the 80's.