Has lockdown made you realise how little time you got to spend with your family in a full time job? Or how much you don’t miss your daily commute?

Lockdown was a game changer. Perspectives on how we work and live have transformed as a result. Whether you were furloughed, working from home or otherwise, it was a momentous time of collective reflection. For many, it shed light on the precious importance of home life. According to The Guardian, only 13% of working parents actually want to revert back to the “old normal” work schedule. 


It’s no surprise that working remotely as a freelancer is gaining appeal. There are A LOT of reasons why switching to a freelance career is tempting. It’s not only an inspiring opportunity to master your craft, but it also allows for greater flexibility and autonomy in everyday life. 


We’re on the cusp of a freelance boom. This means that, although there’ll be lots of work, there’ll also be stiff competition. So before you drop everything and dive in head-first, you need to carefully consider the reality of freelancing, and whether it’s right for you. 

A middle aged white woman, working from home on a laptop

Here are three of the most common misconceptions about freelancing.


  1. You are your own boss

This is only sort of true. You get to express your own unique creative flare, which is amazing. But your clients are basically your new bosses. You’ll be meeting their deadlines and tailoring your work to suit their vision. The bottom line is, if you don’t keep them happy, you won’t get work. 

That said, you do have the freedom to turn down unreasonable clients. Gauging which projects are best for you is a skill in itself.


  1. Experience will automatically lead to work

Having relevant expertise is of course a great starting point. But it won’t get you far without networking. Building your brand, a solid online presence and client base takes time. Successful freelancers play the long game. So it’s important to realise that financial security isn’t guaranteed, especially in the early days.


  1. You can do whatever you want 

You take responsibility for EVERY aspect of your business. This isn’t to be taken lightly! No holiday pay, no sick pay. If managing invoices and chasing payments sounds like a nightmare to you, then think again. Self-motivation, initiative and self-organisation are crucial to thrive as a freelancer. You can do whatever you want, but essentially, you get out what you put in.