When I tell people that I want to quit my job and work from home, they immediately assume that I am planning to be a freelance designer. That’s not shocking to me at all mainly because I’m currently a senior web and mobile UI designer making decent amount of money and they probably think that I love what I do more than anything else in the world. Hardly.
I’ve hated my six-figure corporate job for a long time, and early on, I do admit that I had fantasies about quitting and taking on the life of a freelance designer. Oh, the freedom! No more meetings, cubicles, stupid office parties, team building events, and annoying administrative projects. I really thought that becoming a freelancer was the holy grail for me, but that was squashed as soon as I made $100,000 (and counting) selling stock photos online. Yeah…it opened my eyes to the possibilities of earning passive income for a living and achieving total financial independence.
But that’s not my main reason for hating the freelance life. As a freelance or contract designer, I’d still have to deal with the meetings and ridiculous (and often unnecessary) deadlines. Quitting my office gig to do essentially the same thing at home is not any more attractive to me than working for someone else. I’m tired of being told what to do, how to do it, when it needs to be done (or else), and all that jazz. On top of that, the work I do is highly subjective (design). I’m growing too old to be having to constantly re-work design concepts because a client “wasn’t feeling it”. Working from home doesn’t make that any more appealing.
All of that money I earned from selling stock photos came while I was sleeping, traveling, or just doing anything else other than actually working to meet stupid project deadlines. This is exactly what I was talking about in my last post when I was discussing the importance of working smarter and not harder. Being successful doesn’t mean that you have to become someone else’s slave – yes, it’s perhaps easier than earning a living making passive income, but the feeling is soul-crushing.
I often find myself thinking about adding freelance work as another possible income source for me (in addition to the swing trading, websites, and stock image sales), but the truth is that I don’t have the patience for it. The only way I would ever consider it is if I was unemployed, broke, and desperate. It would essentially be the last resort to having to throw in the entrepreneurial towel and find a real job working for someone else.