I’m starting a list of reasons that Freelancing kicks ass. This is just as much a reminder to me as it is a list for general consumption. You see, I’m like everyone else (in a creepy Herman Munster-esque sorta way) in that I constantly fail to see how good I really have it. I cry and whine and mope about my job – but really, how freaking awesome is this? And still, I get my panties in a wad…
So, I’m making a list of the Top 100 – But really, there’s about a million.
Anyway, without further adieu:
The Top 100 Perks of Freelancing 100-90
#100 – The coffee is infinitely better.You get to pick what you drink, and I’ll bet you don’t pick anything close to office coffee. That stuff is essentially paint stripper and caramel color.
#99 – Pajamas are viable business dress. That’s right – I’m the Hugh Heffner of freelance graphic design.
#98 – Headphones. If I have to explain this, you’re not worthy of being a freelance designer.
#97 – Spending 3 Hours Reading About Milton Glaser is Kosher. It’s research – not slacking. This is a concept that I’ll be returning to very, very frequently. There is a big difference between screwing around online and actually looking for inspiration and resources. One is very important – the other is crucial to your business.
#96 – Your boss rarely looks over your shoulder. Actually, if you can look over your own shoulder, I’d love to meet both of you.
#95 – You can pick the people you work with. I’ve done the corporate thing enough to know that not everyone in the business world is a lovable eccentric like the folks on The Office. Some of them are downright evil. When you’re a freelancer, you can avoid the evil. If you’re stuck in an office with someone, avoiding them can be problematic, uncomfortable and dangerous.
#94 – Melt Banana at ear-splitting level at 4:00 on a Monday. See #98, above.
#93 – The smell of fresh Moleskines. Man, I love my notebooks, and the scent of these babies is like nothing else. It’s freelance crack.
#92 – Dafont.com. If you’re a fontophile like me, it’s like wandering into a candy store on free day.
#91 – People watching. If you work mobile (I do, mostly,) you get to see some pretty great stuff. Weirdos, geeks, freaks and some genuinely funny stuff. When’s the last time you got to see someone break up with their boyfriend in a coffee shop? Me – last Thursday. It’s entertaining, and in a lot of ways – good research. You get to see what kind of crap the general public is up to. Oddly, I’ve found that most of the world isn’t a 40-something doofus who thinks The Young Ones is the funniest show. EVER.
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