This is an incredible response, Kenneth. Thank you for it!
When I set out to write this article my goal was to highlight all of the best parts of freelance work without mentioning a lot of the bad things that could happen. I did this because I planned to make a similar article called You Should Not Freelance that would look at the other side. I have struggled in the past with freelancing and have even had a client refuse to pay me for $5,000 in work. This was right after I left my job and actually went full time into freelancing. My bank account actually dropped into negatives shortly after that. I didn’t end up losing my car but I did have to suffer for quite a while. Shortly after that is when I picked up my clients, started earning decent money, and wrote this article.
I’ve still not written that article about why you shouldn’t freelance but maybe it’s a good time. I’ve been writing a very long post recently called Freelancer’s Guide To The Galaxy that I will end up releasing soon.
I can see where you’re coming from, for sure. I consider myself lucky to have gone through only an 8 month long rough patch before finding my client base. My attitude toward most anything is the “happy-go-lucky” type usually. Not just freelancing. I have an article with a similar tone about a store bought ramen I reviewed for fun. It’s just kind of who I am most of the time and I love sharing the analytical data from my personal experiences. Even data that’s often times seen as taboo like my income. I just like breaking that barrier and letting people see behind the curtain.
Again man, thank you very much for your response. It was truly humbling for me. It made me think of the similar time I had even thought my experience wasn’t as bad as yours. It’s a great life lesson.