I resigned from my full-time job in late-June, 2011. I've been a freelance web designer ever since then.
Freelancing has some wonderful and somewhat surprising benefits. But it has also revealed some quite unexpected disadvantages.
10 freelancing benefits
- Far less driving, thus less spent on gasoline.
- Work breaks now offer a pool for relaxation (seasonal).
- I can listen to whatever I want without wearing headphones.
- Nerf guns are allowed.
- No germ-infested lifeforms (AKA “coworkers) to get me sick. (I haven't caught a cold in almost a year!)
- I can control the lighting and temperature.
- Standard work attire is whatever I feel like wearing—or not wearing (but I do prefer to remain clothed while working).
- No one else is in the restroom with me, so that means no other toilet phone calls.
- Cooking fish is now acceptable.
- Far less shaving cream and and styling product necessary—I can go days without fixing my hair.
10 freelancing disadvantages
- It's too easy to sleep in without there being corporate punishment.
- We use a lot more toilet paper now.
- There's no one else to bring in free food (often called “potlocks”).
- No one on whom to play office pranks.
- I don't see daylight much.
- It doesn't pay to stay in bed all day, drink hot tea, and watch TV shows (AKA “sick time”).
- There aren't any people sitting around for occasional geeking out.
- My business casual attire now requires dusting.
- Fresh rain means I have to mow the grass before launching a website.
- No free food.