It’s time to correct that assumption. They are merely different ways to run a business, and neither is better than the other.
Sure, an entrepreneur makes money while she sleeps, but a freelancer gets to relish in the joy of doing her craft, creating, and solving problems hands on.
When all paths of growth led to management in my corporate gig I set off to freelance, knowing that my joy is doing the work itself.
The allure of passive income and running an enterprise is tempting. In practice, I have come to realize I love the idea of passive income. In practice, I’d go nuts.
I love a challenge. I love toying with ideas and throwing questions at a problem from every conceivable angle, writing like a madwoman only to throw half of it out, and trying on solutions like outfits on a paper doll, until I find one that fits just so.
Perhaps some day this will shift and I will be ready to lead a team, choosing to merely navigate the course rather than row the boat. Maybe someday, but not yet.
Today, my joy is being a one woman show.
I relish in hand-selecting my clients, in stretching myself to solve my clients problems, and improve my craft.
Day by day I grow as a professional, and marvel in the bliss of running a self-sustaining business.
Well over a year and a half in and I am still grateful each day that I get to do the work.
No office politics, no commute, no pretending I’m a polished corporate drone. No decisions are out of my hands.
Writing, understanding customers, and exploring how to facilitate communication between my clients and those they seek to serve is bliss. I am grateful for the work I do and the gift of being hands-on with my craft.
In this way, to each their own.
I love my entrepreneurial friends & clients, and support them in every endeavor. Hell, I love working for them!
I simply know that my truth, lies in the bliss of sitting down to my desk each day, looking out the window at my garden with a warm cup of tea, and doing the work that matters.
Man, this is great to read! Freelancing is all about control and freedom for the right reasons. Glad you’re loving it.