Work-It- Wednesday: Life of a Freelancer

Photo: 24Seven Talent When I was in college, my dream job was to be a Fashion Stylist and from 2005- 2008 I lived my ...

When I was in college, my dream job was to be a Fashion Stylist and from 2005- 2008 I lived my dream and worked fulltime as an Assistant/Fashion Stylist! When I say fulltime, of course that's relative because everything is freelance, so while you may be a part of a great team you always have to remember that paychecks are per job and turnover usually takes about 30 days. So while my counterparts were getting paid every two weeks, I was getting paid between once and five times a month at times. 

I had to become a master at budgeting during this time because my bills didn't stop on the months I only received a paycheck once a month; therefore my bills were always first priority before I could enjoy the joys of shopping on pay days! Learning how to budget was an a great experience and while it taught me how to make a little go a long way, I don't miss it! 

Other than budgeting I learned a lot about professionalism and the power of networking during my time as a freelancer; but I also learned a tough lesson about having life/work balance. The decision to leave my "dream job" as a  Fashion Stylist was a rough one but it was primarily based on work/life balance. It was really difficult to work 7 days a week and maintain my personal life i.e. relationship and family life; therefore I felt like I had to choose. My desire to maintain a semi-normal life was stronger than my desire to be a successful Fashion Stylist; which is something that needs to be taken into consideration. 

Being a freelancer has it's perks such as turning your passion into a career (which is overall amazing!), having freedom to pick your assignments, traveling for work and making pretty good money. The chart above has a few major topics that you should keep in mind when making the decision to become a freelancer.   

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