What Has Freelancing Given Back to You?

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Think about your life before you became a freelancer.

Think about the state of being you were in. You faced problems and issues that made you consider working from home. You desired a better life where you’d earn and are close by when your loved ones needed you.

Back then, you had to gather up the courage to ask for a 2-day vacation leave. You had to sacrifice personal leisure in order to fit into your tight budget. You had to set aside your pride and take orders from someone else.

Now that you’re a solo professional, what has freelancing given back to you?

In Return

Is it your time? Precious moments with your daughter? Hearty conversations with your little boy? Happier days with your spouse?

Is it money? Freelancing has brought in a wave of opportunities you never thought possible. You’re now earning twice as much as you did before.

Is it your self? Freelancing gives you the power to choose based on your interests, passions, and skills. You decide what projects to work with, what to study, what books to read, what in-between snack to munch on, and when to take a 15-minute nap.

Freelancing Gave Me My Life Back

That’s a mighty thing to say, but it’s true. Before I became a freelancer, it was as if my knuckles were chained, that I didn’t know how else to use my time productively.

I was still in college, but I wasn’t happy. I didn’t know if I was going to graduate or not. I encountered a lot of road blocks that threw my plans out the window, leaving many of my loved ones disappointed.

There was a period in my life when I was almost broke. I had not much left in my account, and I knew my folks would scold me for it. I would ignore the hunger pains and just try to get some sleep despite the stress. It was a nightmare that I knew I had to get out of.

Today, freelancing gave me back my time, put my finances back in order, and made me realize just what I wanted to do with my life. It opened new possibilities, friendships, and enabled me to be there for my kids, to watch them grow and discover the world around them.

With freelancing, I could finally buy things that I’d only dream of having. I was able to travel, to see places I thought I’d only graze my finger over an airline magazine. More importantly, I could actually invest in my freelancing career, building it into a real freelance business.

Finally, freelancing has given me the tools to finish what I have left in pieces: my college degree. I’m happy to say that I’m at my last term as an undergrad and that I’m three months away to finishing this big, bulky chapter in my life. If it wasn’t for freelancing and all the love and support from family and friends—well, you get the idea.

Let me hear your story. What has freelancing given back to you?