As the economy for freelance and self employed people continues to grow, so does the freelance workforce. This is resulting in more people than ever having the chance to experience life outside an office - and even for those working in fancy start-ups with lots of cool perks, there are some timeless things freelancers and self employed people will never miss about office life.
Suffice to say, you'll be worrying about new things like negotiating with clients, but there are some unspoken social perks to becoming your own boss and deciding about your own working space. Of course, there may be the one or two odd occasions whereby you are required to go and work on site with a client or join them for a social event or party, but, for the most part, these are the ones you will get your say on.
It could also be said that may these would not be applicable in the event you are a highly social person who likes a lot of social interaction - but in this case, perhaps freelance or self employed solo work is not for you, and we could assume you’d already know that! We actually had a hard time to narrow the list of things you’ll never miss about an office into just five, so we tried to pick the five most applicable, so let’s get started.
Getting to decide when you start and finish work
Even in this modern day and age of ‘’remote office’’ and ‘’flexible working’’ - we seem to see that offices still want to retain a good tracking of your time - including when you arrive and leave. For the most part, offices have pretty strict restrictions on when you need to arrive by and when you can leave. Not only can this affect things like being able to attend doctors appointments, but it can have an adverse effect on you depending on your internal clock and preferred schedule.
For someone like the author, as an example, it actually works best to wake very early at around 5am and be working by 7am. Usually, despite a few small breaks, it can work best to finish at 2pm or 3pm - giving the whole evening free for other activities or hobbies. However, we do know, and especially in the freelance art world there are many people who work best as ‘’night owls’’. Night owls tend to like to work well past midnight and can even work until the early hours of the morning, meaning they are unlikely to wake up before 11am.
Obviously, there is a huge conflict of interest if an office accepts you to be there at 9am and leave at 5pm - and it does not matter if you are an early bird or a night owl - it still does not entirely fit your lifestyle. Of course, many people learn to adjust themselves over time but ultimately your preferred way of working is something that probably comes naturally.
Dr Elise Facer-Childs, of the University of Birmingham's Centre for Human Brain Health, says: "A huge number of people struggle to deliver their best performance during work or school hours they are not naturally suited to. There is a critical need to increase our understanding of these issues in order to minimise health risks in society, as well as maximise productivity." Well, you needn’t worry if you’re already, or hoping to be, a freelancer! You’ll not only be able to work to your natural rhythm - you’ll never even have to justify it to naggy bosses.