Writer/designer/photographer Jeremiah Tolbert bares all in his story of how he went from miserable working stiff to happy freelancer.
The funny thing is, he was more stressed about money when he had a “real” job.
“We were the defÂiÂnÂiÂtion of livÂing from payÂcheck to payÂcheck, even though we were doing fine…I was terÂriÂfied of losÂing what I had. Afraid that we would end up bankÂrupt and by all rights, we probÂaÂbly should have. I’d seen my father weather bankÂruptcy as a kid, and in my mind it was basiÂcally flunkÂing adultÂhood. It kept me up at nights sometimes, and I develÂoped panic attacks now and then.”
Then what? He was laid off, twice in a year, and finally realized that for him, the “safety net” of a “real job” was actually making things worse. Went freelance full-time, stopped applying for jobs, and is happier than he’s ever been, he says.
“My busiÂness is the most reliÂable source of work I’ve ever had, thus far. I don’t think I want to go back to that other world ever again,” he writes.
Obviously, this is one dude’s opinion, and many, many people still prefer the 9-5. But if you’d been thinking about freelancing, this post is worth a read.