Being a freelancer doesn’t mean you’re saved from having to deal with irritating employers. We do struggle from freelancer problems that can feel like a hell-hole at times. Still, there’s nothing more stressful than having to see your bosses on a daily basis right?
Gone are the days when most of us work a 9-to-5 job just to make ends meet. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics in the United States said that 15.5 million workers were self-employed in May 2015. But while generating an income without your employer breathing down your neck is a worthwhile pursuit, the freelancing lifestyle was never without its challenges.
#1 Freelancer problems: So… do you work?
Yes, I do work. Didn’t I just tell you I’m a freelancer? Most people don’t see freelancing as an actual job, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is one of my top freelancer problems.
It’s irritating, annoying, and downright insulting to think of my freelancer job as “not actual work.” If you have to ask me “but what are you actually doing?” one more time, you’re wasting both of our time.
#2 Freelancer problems: So… you get paid a lot? A little?
Who asks that? First, it’s completely rude to ask about one’s finances, let alone his/her salary. Second, go back to the first. Freelancer or not, it’s a little disconcerting to be asked how much one is getting paid, especially if it feels like they are under scrutiny just because you don’t understand their freelancer lifestyle.
#3 Freelancer problems: So… how is the job search going?
I have a job. Is it really that hard to understand that I don’t have to work for anyone for a long period of time? Or that I don’t really have a boss to report to every single day? Or that I don’t have annoying co-workers who I constantly need to compete with?
One of my freelancer problems is the fact that everyone keeps throwing job search opportunities for me when I keep telling them I have a job and I actually enjoy it.
#4 Freelancer problems: So… you’re free anytime, right?
Ah, what? No, I’m not free anytime you want to get a few drinks or watch a movie that will eventually suck and tank. Some of my friends think they can set a meetup anytime without consulting me because “you’re not working anyway.”
#5 Freelancer problems: So… do you still have to pay taxes?
But, of course, unless I want to go to jail ASAP. Some people are so ignorant about freelancer problems that they think it’s a breeze to be self-employed. In fact, we have to take care of our own taxes and health insurances. But that’s fine as long as I don’t have irritating employers I have to see every single day, from 9 in the morning to the wee hours of midnight (if I have to work overtime).