But the things we all didn’t miss seemed to be quite universal and everyone could relate to them. Perhaps these are rooted in the reasons we’ve all gone over to the dark side of self-employment in the first place!
When I lived in Dublin it would regularly take me around 90 minutes to do the school run and then get to work. It was a total of about 4 miles. 4 miles!!! It would probably have been quicker to walk if I didn’t have a small child in tow. That daily awful commute just set my day up to go from bad to worse. The poor child would regularly be late for school. I would then be late for work and it felt that the earlier I left each morning the longer it would take. It became a daily worry and a major source of stress.
2. ATTENDING MEETINGS ABOUT MEETINGS
I’ve lost count at the number of meetings I attended during the proper job days that were an absolute, total and utter waste of time. Time that I could have used to do some actual work! Most meetings are arranged because the so-called leaders are incapable of making a decision or don’t want to take the responsibility. They feel the need to let others think it’s a joint decision when really it’s more about arse covering for when said decision all goes wrong. I don’t think I could tell you about a time I’ve walked out of a meeting back in those days when I felt like I had learnt something or been suitably informed.
3. OFFICE POLITICS
And let’s not even go there on the water cooler bitching. This is just another form of bullying. Having been on the receiving end of this type of behaviour, I can tell you, it makes me even more happy that I got out of that awful environment.
SUCH A DRAG
Even though the self-employed, freelancer life can be hard at times. Even though there are times when every freelancer has taken a sneaky peak at the jobs websites and thought it might just be an easier option. And when all your employed friends know exactly what they will earn next month. I’d still rather be out in the world doing it all my way.