The Very Best & Very Worst Parts Of Being Freelance

Let me admit something to you guys; I hate using the word ‘freelance’ to describe anything I do. I’m not even sure why! I think a tiny part of me think the word sounds pompous, and much more ‘professional’ than I ever feel. Maybe that’s impostor syndrome kicking in? Who knows!

However I needed a pithy title for this post, so I had to begrudgingly use the word ‘freelance’; but let’s be clear here guys okay? I’m just a hopeless sod who flounders along and sometimes gets lucky. That’s it. Okay. Glad we’ve sorted that.

Anyway, today I thought I’d chat about the highs and lows of this thing I call a job, to give you a sneak peek into the madness that is my daily life.


Those awesome best bits –


Being your own boss – Making your own rules sounds absolutely amazing doesn’t it? Hey, you can sleep in, turn up to work (aka the desk five foot away) in your pjs and never have to plaster a smile on when you’re having a bad day. Brilliant! And it is, it really is. I do appreciate being able to have a mandatory ‘Netflix hour’ and getting my Criminal Minds fix.

Chasing your dreams – There’s nothing quite like knowing you are carving your own path in the world, and trying something purely for the passion you have for it. Whether it’s successful or not is a whole other issue; but who cares? You’re trying! That’s pretty ace.

Feeling accomplished – I like being able to look back on each little success I have, and feeling proud of myself is something relatively new and wonderful for me to be honest. This is the girl who only did okay at school, then chose a college course that convinced my parents I’d be unemployed forever, then dropped out of Uni, and then bounced around retail jobs for a few years. So it’s absolutely amazing to be able to now show people I’m doing something that makes me happy, and it’s paying off! (Most of the time..)

Changes in routine – Working for myself means I don’t have to plan ahead, beg a boss for time off for events, try to schedule doctors appointments, I won’t clash with my friends schedules and I also won’t get bogged down in doing the same thing everyday. I can change my routine, take on new projects and I can grow in new ways. I think this is one of the greatest highlights, as I get bored easily!


Let’s get real; It’s DAMN HARD – 


Having to budget constantly – No surprise here, but since I don’t have a guaranteed wage each month, I have to constantly plan ahead and budget for every little thing. I might have a fantastic week and make double what I usually would – but I can’t enjoy it, I have to save it and put it away. After all, next week might be the worst week yet. It’s kind of scary really, but you have to embrace the fear. I also have to use finance options for some things, like my laptop. I couldn’t afford to buy one outright so a finance option has helped me massively. I was discussing this when MotorFinance4U* got in touch; a car finance company who challenged me to create this list of pros and cons for crazy freelance life! I absolutely know that Gary and I will be getting a loan for a car this way when we move to Plymouth in a few months; and I think it can be incredibly helpful.

No social life – You might not particularly love your coworkers, and so you’ll probably think you wouldn’t miss them at all. I get it, I only ever had like ONE job where I loved my work mates and genuinely loved spending time with them. That can be rare! But the thing is, working at home is so lonely sometimes. I don’t get the bus to work, I don’t chat to colleagues, I won’t get any Christmas work night out this year! I have really noticed how I have to actively make an effort to see friends and family and make time specifically for social activities, or I get a bit stir crazy!

No perks – This whole ‘freelance’ thing means I don’t get any bonuses, I totally rely on the kindness of friends/family/stranger to support me, there’s no sick pay, no one else to take over for me if something important comes up, and no discounts at my place of work! Pfft.

Responsibility – You have no idea how much I miss slagging off the boss. But now the boss is me. I’m not about to do that am I? Having to take all responsibility and blame and not being able to rely on anyone else can be exhausting to be honest!


I hope any of you attending work Christmas events will think of me! Haha 🙂

Enjoy guys!



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  • Justine Machin

    Love this post Jemma. Right about now I’d do anything to be able to go freelance full time because I’m feeling pretty miserable in my day job but I know it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. I admire you so much because I know you were miserable too and you just made the decision to go it alone and you’re doing so well. I’m just not that brave and I don’t know that I’d make any money lol. I’m playing it safe and freelancing around the day job until one day, maybe just maybe I might get to write full time AND get paid for it! Time will tell… xxx
    P.s I chose not to go to my Christmas party cos some of my colleagues honestly make me feel miserable. Next year I’m going to host my own party where I invite people I actually like lol and several bloggers are going to be on the list including you! ? Xxxx

  • I’m so happy for you that you’ve been given the chance to do something you love. I absolutely love reading your posts and I’m happy to see that your lil shop has been successful. I hope the positives strongly outweigh the negatives for you though. I’ve never actually attended a Christmas works do yet cause I never liked my workmates so I didn’t fancy going on the piss with them haha. I’m confident in years to come I will though. A long shot cause I know you have to pay the bills but maybe you could give yourself a lil break even for one night, someone could arrange a bloggers Christmas do and I guess that could pass as a works do? That would be fun 🙂 xx

    Claire ❤ | My Little Memoir

  • Stephanie Hartley

    I work part time in a restaurant and part time freelance and omg the whole thing about not being able to really enjoy what you earn because you don’t know what the next month will be like is SO true. I do love working in my PJs though, that is the best hehe

    Steph –

  • My office, there are only eight people in the whole UK office, don’t have a Christmas party because lots of people don’t get on. So you get one person saying “well, I won’t come if X comes” and the other saying “well, I’m not coming if she/he’s going.” Pfft. It’s such a shame, especially when we’re such a small team! I think it’s amazing, and you’re so brave, for carving your own path and making your business work! One day, I’d like to do the same (although I’m not quite sure with what yet…haha!) x x

  • Amy

    Freelance is definitely something i want to do too!! I think the freedom of being your own boss and doing what you love outweighs the bad stuff haha. xx

  • Love your post. Being a freelancer has not only advantages but the fact you’re your own boss is the best of all! 🙂

  • Love this 🙂 very interesting to hear an honest perspective on being freelance 🙂

    Rachael xx.

  • Love this list. I can only imagine how hard being self employed must get and not everyone is cut out for it. I, for one, would struggle with the uncertainty of income and also having to be strict with my time. You’re doing a great thing and I respect you for pursuing your passion!


  • I know exactly what you mean about the budget thing! I’m a freelance writer and as much as I love it and get paid well when I have work, I’ve had to get a partial part time job in order to fully support my lifestyle. But it’s still so worth it! <3


  • Ellis Woolley

    Couldn’t agree more with each and every one of these! I work full time and also run my Etsy shop…the dream is to one day do my Etsy shop full time and money is the only thing holding me back but I have to be sensible about making the move at the right time. Hoping its one day next year 🙂 thanks for sharing, I love these freelance posts you do! x

  • Loved this girl. I’m almost freelance, I’m shitting myself but I’m also so incredibly excited. I’m worried about the budgeting thing, but I’m sure we can do it and we will. It’s just going to be hard going for a wee bit before we head off travelling. I love the freedom I have on the days that I have been working for myself, lots of things to do and lots of ideas on how to do them. Onwards!

    Honestly Aine

  • nicole

    I LOVE this post! People think working from home is easy. It’s definitely not. You do amazing though Jemma! Don’t ever put yourself down ?

  • I love this post! It has always been my dream to go freelance/self-employed but I was always scared to take the risk. I was a little bit afraid of the instability/uncertainty aspect of freelancing but to be honest, the job market is unstable anyway and I know this from what I experienced recently.

    After being messed around by employers/potential employers over the years, I’d rather focus on my goal of going freelance in 2017. I’ve always wanted to be my own boss and I think it’s time to take the plunge instead of putting up with the ways of the working world (which makes me miserable to be honest.)