Laughable! One of the reasons so many people claim to enjoy freelancing or working for themselves is the claim they like the idea of being their own boss. Make no mistake about it, while there is some measure of truth to this, you really are not your own boss. Why? Simple! Here’s some of the reasons you cannot claim to be your own boss.
Let’s face it when a client offers you an assignment, you have a deadline. If you fail to meet the deadline you may not be paid for your work. When you are working under a deadline, the customer dictates that deadline meaning they are the boss. In the rare instance when you are working without a deadline, then maybe you can consider yourself your boss.
Pay rate matters
While it is true that freelancers set their own rates, if we are honest with ourselves, we’ve been known to make concessions. After all, a steady stream of work at a few dollars less is not always the end of the world. In fact, if someone offers me $5 less than my standard rate but says that I will have X number of articles/posts in a month, I’m probably going to take it. My guess is most freelancers will accept it (not all the time, but most of the time).
Work flow matters
Let’s face it one of the biggest downfalls of freelancing is workflow. Make no mistake about it, like deadlines, your clients are going to dictate how much (or how little) work you have at any one time. You count on clients to “space” work out in a manner that allows you to schedule work for a regular workflow. Therefore, clients DO dictate your work. Finding work can be difficult enough. Combine that with all of the responsibility you have, including worrying about doing your taxes correctly (though efile is a life saver!), finding a good insurance agent and the ongoing hassle of budgeting your time, it’s a recipe for disaster if you don’t do things right!
While it’s true that freelancers have the opportunity to turn down assignments they do not wish to do, the fact of the matter is oftentimes, in order to “keep our heads above water” we take work we don’t necessarily like. Freelancers have a responsibility to their clients and while they may not have a single person dictating their “job” the fact is that rather than having a single boss, chances are they have many. Freelancers really don’t work for themselves, they work for the clients they take on. The clients have more control over a freelancers future than the freelancer does.