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Those who know me know that I am a big believer in freedom. Financial freedom, freedom to work where you desire, freedom from the confines of the traditional 9-to-5. And even though I think that everyone can achieve the level of freedom they desire in their lives:

FREEDOM IS NOT EASY.

There is a reason why the majority of people in the US stick to the regular 9-to-5 jobs and, in many cases have no desire at all to break out on their own.

THIS. SHIT. IS. HARD.

  • Yes, setting your own schedule is phenomenal.
  • You can work in the wee hours of the morning  of late at night t or whenever else your genius is in full swing.
  • You can set your own prices
  • You can work, and not work, whenever you damn well please.
  • You are not beholden to another person’s decisions
  • You can use the tools and systems that work best for you.

All that sounds fine and dandy.

But there are a lot of downsides that are important to keep in mind.

You have to allocate your time more wisely. Nobody is there to tell you what to do. It’s easy to go off the rails and be distracted by all the shiny objects (this is one of my issues still. I love the shiny). There are no sick days. Or vacation days. Well…there are but when you’re just starting out it’s likely you won’t get paid for them. When you don’t work you don’t make money. Your income fluctuates. Sometimes greatly. You have to figure out your own retirement plan. And taxes (ugh. TAXES). And those 10 hour work week? Yeah…probably not in the beginning. You will be working your ass off, clocking 40, 50, 60 hours a week. Sometimes less. Sometimes more.  You’ll forget to step away from your desk for hours on end.

Because remember, it’s all on you. You don’t have anyone to delegate things to in the beginning. And you have to figure out all the stuff on your own. Google will become your BFF if it wasn’t already. You’ll make mistakes. Probably a lot. You may pivot a few times. Many a time you’ll wonder if it’s worth it and when your income fluctuates you’ll wonder if “maybe getting a full time job again” is the better decision. 

And even with all the challenges, the longer hours, the making mistakes and pivoting, you know what? It is still worth it.

It’s worth it to me because I am in charge of my destiny. I am able to design the life that best fits with my lifestyle and desires. I’m allocating my time to something that I’m passionate about. I’m building my wealth and not just putting money into somebody else’s pocket. I am in full control. If I want to  work 60 hours a week for something that I’m passionate about, I can. If for some reason I have a ton of things going or I’m helping my mom or have another commitment then I can put in 10 hours, or none at all.

So even though freedom is a fabulous thing and it helps you live life on your terms. It’s not easy. There are going to be some struggles, and it’s going to be hard. You’re going to have to do a lot more work for it.

But it’s on your terms. With no limits. And to me, that’s totally worth it.

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