5 Things I Wish More People Knew About Freelancing From Home

Posted on August 23rd, 2016
Freelance from Home

As a freelancer, I get a lot of weird looks from people who do “real” work offline. Even with the changes to the economy and the evolving way we work, there are a lot of questions about how I manage freelancing from home.

And, of course, there are plenty of assumptions to go around. It’s not always sunshine and rainbows as a freelancer, and sometimes what people don’t know makes things a little difficult for me. Here are five things I wish more people knew about freelancing from home:

1. I Don’t Always Have Time to Drop Everything

Because I work from home, there is sometimes the assumption that I can drop everything and go to lunch or engage in some other activity. When my son was in elementary school, room parents assumed I could just abandon everyone and help plan a party.

Those who work from home know that deadlines need to be met if food is going to make it to the table. I try to be flexible, but I’m not always available.

2. This is a Business

Freelancing from home is a legit business for many of us. Just because we don’t have storefronts or employ a lot of people doesn’t mean that we’re not running businesses. Many of us have goals, business plans, and present ourselves professionally. It’s true that I spend some of my day working in my pajamas, but if there’s a video meeting, I put on appropriate attire and come ready to work.

3. You Aren’t Getting Something Super Cheap

Just because I work from home as a freelancer doesn’t mean that I cheap out on my prices. In fact, you might have to pay more for my work, depending on how much other work I have, and what you want done. Yes, my overhead is low. But I’m also a professional running a business. Trying to talk me down to a super cheap rate probably isn’t going to work.

4. My Work Week is Different from Your Work Week

Even though I’m freelancing from home, and there is an implication that I have a flexible schedule, I’m amazed at how many people assume I work “traditional” hours. I don’t. My work week is different from your work week. I might decide to go for a spa day on Wednesday and happily work on Saturday as a trade. For me, “end of day” often means midnight, and “end of the week” means sometime Sunday. I meet the deadlines I’m given, and I try to be available when my clients want to talk to me, but other than that, don’t assume that my work week will line up with your work week.

5. I Really Am “On” Most of the Time

I may not be sitting at the keyboard writing, but I’m probably “on.” I’m thinking about my business, I’m checking my email, I’m getting things done. While I do like to take breaks and relax, and I’m unreachable when I go camping, the truth of the matter is that I think about my business a lot. Plus, as a writer, almost everything I do is “research.”

Miranda Marquit

Miranda Marquit

I'm Miranda and I'm a freelance financial journalist and money expert. My specialties are investing, small business/entrepreneurship and personal finance. The journey to business success and financial freedom is best undertaken with fellow travelers.

About Due

Due makes it easier to retire on your terms. We give you a realistic view on exactly where you’re at financially so when you retire you know how much money you’ll get each month. Get started today.

Due Fact-Checking Standards and Processes

To ensure we’re putting out the highest content standards, we sought out the help of certified financial experts and accredited individuals to verify our advice. We also rely on them for the most up to date information and data to make sure our in-depth research has the facts right, for today… Not yesterday. Our financial expert review board allows our readers to not only trust the information they are reading but to act on it as well. Most of our authors are CFP (Certified Financial Planners) or CRPC (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor) certified and all have college degrees. Learn more about annuities, retirement advice and take the correct steps towards financial freedom and knowing exactly where you stand today. Learn everything about our top-notch financial expert reviews below… Learn More