Are freelancers really happier than office workers?
HR World have just published a really interesting list giving 101 Reasons Why Freelancers Do It Better – with “it” being happiness, apparently. They claim that us freelancers enjoy better lifestyles and greater levels of happiness than our office-working friends, and it’s hard to disagree with them, really. I can only speak for myself, of course, but I know I’ve felt much happier since I’ve been freelancing, and a large part of that comes down to the reasons given in this list.
There are a few points I don’t agree with, though, namely:
It’s hard to get bored
These days I just don’t have time to be bored, but in the early days of my freelancing career I took on more than my fair share of boring projects, and I still do from time to time. Unfortunately, not all of the interesting projects pay well, and some of the boring ones are lucrative – we all have to make ends meet somehow.
Lunch is a home cooked meal
Ha! Well, maybe if I could actually cook, this would be correct, but as things stand, lunch tends to be a couple of slices of toast in front of ‘Neighbours’. I guess the toast is cooked at home, though – does that count?
Your house will be cleaner
I already answered this one in an earlier post on working from home, so let’s just say we’re working on it…
Those points aside though, I think I’d have to concur that I, for one, have a much better standard of life as a freelancer than I ever did as an employee. What does everyone else thing?