Self-employment is rarely the easy option. Although people often focus in on the benefits (more flexibility and more control) the truth is that it takes time, commitment, resilience and a proactive mindset to really make it work.
In short, it’s not for everyone.
But while your average nine-to-fiver might not really ‘get’ it, there’s fortunately a whole community out there who understand and empathise.
So, in celebration of that community and the heroic resilience of freelancers in almost any situation here are 10 tweets that every freelancer/small business owner will probably be able to relate to in one way or another…
#10 – It’s a journey…
A year ago, I started “spontaneously” my freelance journey. I had to figure out lots of stuff on the fly, deal with tons of uncertainty, develop some skills I wasn’t sure if I had. It was the most demanding year in my professional life, but also the most rewarding. #freelancelife
— Darío PeñalverGarcía (@Rockatthesight) October 8, 2019
#9 – You’re forever blessed with Monday morning gratitude
Nearly six years of being #freelance and still not a single Monday morning goes by without feelings of intense gratitude that I’m not having to begin yet another week of drudgery as an office-based wage slave ??
— Rachel Ingram (@msrachelingram) September 30, 2019
#8 – No two weeks are ever the same
Hmmm, how’s this week looking? Oh, same as usual… pic.twitter.com/6hk5BqPWgP
— Amy Boylan (@amyboylanwrites) October 7, 2019
#7 – Because no one multi-tasks like a Freelancer…
Me: I'm a freelancer.
Them: Ah, cool. So what is it you do as a freelancer?
Me: Emailing, phone calls, Skype calls, finances, proposals, house work, errands… all sorts.
Them: What do you do as your profession, though?
Me: Oh. Copywriting. But that's a small part of my day.
— That. Content. Shed. (@thatcontentshed) September 27, 2019
#6 – Especially during school holidays…
Trying to work from home when it’s the school holidays. pic.twitter.com/mHLX8L9U47
— Suzanne (@watersillustrat) October 11, 2019
#5 – It’s easy to lose track of the days…
Self-employed for 17 years now which may explain why I've no concept of when Easter or any of the bank holidays are.
— DBM Motion Graphics (@madebydbm) April 9, 2019
#4 – You sometimes have to deal with difficult clients…
Client: Can you do it for free?
Me: I don’t work for free.
Me: Do you work for free?
Me: Well then.
— David TJ Powell (@davidtjpowell) September 16, 2019
#3 – But nothing can put a spring in your step like a swiftly paid invoice…
Invoice Sent: 18:48
Invoice Paid: 18:52
That is a record! ?
— Reinventing Neesha (@NeeshaRees) October 10, 2019
#2 – Every day is dress-down Friday…
Opened the door to the postman with a blanket wrapped round my shoulders like a cape #selfemployedlife
— Cat Lane (@catlanephoto) October 25, 2016
#1 – And finally, you learn to take the good with the bad…
I love being able to work from home as I got to see my daughters harvest festival assembly today however the cons are that I always have to make my own tea ☕️ #freelancelife #selfemployed pic.twitter.com/wfDO0ViOSt
— The_Social_Media_Factor (@SocialFactorHQ) October 11, 2019