Hey guys, I just realized something. There are tons of cons to freelancing: the emotional depth it takes to pay thousands of dollars in taxes, having to market yourself all.the.time., and staring at financial cliffs every few months with nothing but your gumption to see you through.
So as I write this, please don’t think I’m trying to brag. Freelancing and full time office work have their fair share of pros and cons… but one great freelance pro I plan to take advantage of is holiday time off!
As I prepare an article for Simply Hired about the yearly Christmas party, I came across statistics that share that 26 percent of people are stressed about getting the time off they want/need over the holidays, and 55 percent think it will be about the same difficulty as last year. Not only that, but only 5 percent of employees actually want a holiday party, compared to the 73 percent who would rather have a bonus.
These are problems I have traded for new problems, but it’s important to sit back and be thankful for not having those problems anymore.
No awkward holiday beers (followed by sickness because at the time I didn’t know I was gluten- and alcohol-intolerant, of course), and no insulting “Holiday Gifts” from the clearance bin at Williams-Sonoma (true story). Not to mention negotiating for a raise over and over again, only to get nothing. And then to attend a fancy holiday party at a rich person’s house where they talk about how successful the year was….for them ;-).
I now have the freedom to pay my own taxes and stress about money… but I get to do it on my own time, taking a two-week vacation with JHubbs (if I want to) and working on my dreams from home instead of shaving ice off the car and risking my life driving the highway working on other people’s dreams. For me, that’s awesome!