First of all, I would like to say happy Independence Day to all my American readers! Growing up as a Navy brat, the Fourth of July was always a favorite holiday for my family, and I enjoy celebrating with them still. In the midst of family fun, food, and fireworks, I like to reflect upon how lucky I am to live in a country where certain freedoms are a basic right. Not everyone is so lucky.
In my reflections, I’ve realized just how important freedom is to me. Not just freedom in the political sense, but the personal freedom and independence I enjoy as a freelance writer. I am free to work as much or as little as I want. I am free to work when I want. I am free to work where I want. Even in the “Land of the Free,” not everyone is so lucky.
Freelancing Equals Freedom
My brother has been in town this week, and there’s been a lot of family dinners and reminiscing over childhood stories. Both of my brothers were very active in extra-curricular activities and sports when younger, while my sister and I were not. My father commented that my sister and I never wanted to be locked into anything, that we were always concerned with the flexibility of our time. Apparently we still are, because both of us chose careers where we have the freedom to choose our own schedules.
The freedom to work when I wanted was the main reason I started freelancing. I had young children, and I wanted to be available to drive them to school, to chaperone field trips, and to stay home with them on sick days. Now that they are older, my flexible schedule allows for day trips to visit my oldest at college, quitting early to attend my youngest’s sporting events, or taking an entire week off to visit with my brother who lives out of state. As my children continue to grow, I am looking forward to being able to travel more. Freelancing gives me the freedom to work from wherever I happen to be — and I intend to take full advantage of that one day!
In addition to providing freedom of time and place, freelancing also gives me financial freedom. Not in the “I don’t ever have to worry about money” sense, but I have the freedom to set my own rates, to take on more work if I need to, or to decline work that I don’t need. I may not be independently wealthy, but I have the ability to earn what I need.
Enjoy Your Freedom
As a freelancer, you are in control of your time, location, finances, and career. You control your destiny — what a liberating feeling! Enjoy it! Happy Fourth of July to all!