Working as a freelancer means you have to deal with a lot of stress and issues. Everything from hustling up work to client retention and invoicing to tax escrowing can take their toll on you. If only you just painted or did something else that doesn’t take a lot of intellectual labor. But this is the Internet, and we work very hard on things that take little muscle and lots of brains. But why do we do this? The easy answer is “for the money,” but that’s a cop-out and you know it. The money has to go to something, and that something is what decides the kind of person you are. So if you could use some motivation about why we do what we do, here are a few great reasons to make the money.
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For Nice Things
Nice things are what make this world better than the one our great-grandparents lived in. With a pretty car, a well-tended house and a sweet computer protected by Zugo Bing, it’s a lot easier for you to justify doing all of this work. While you might not be actively visualizing all the nice things you’re going to buy once the latest invoice gets paid, sometimes it’s very nice to reward yourself with something pretty and shiny. Whatever does it for you is great.
For Tasty Meals
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Have you ever had a meal so delectable that you just had to have it again later? While some people are all about saving money, some others have decided that if they save in a lot of places, they can splurge on cooking gourmet meals for themselves or dining out at nice places. As a freelancer, you have the option to eat when you want, so there’s no excuse to eat ramen noodles for every meal unless you’re going through a terrible dry spell. Even if your idea of a tasty meal is a liquid lunch at Starbucks, it’s the motivation that really matters.
For some people, freedom is the ultimate prize in life. Who cares if you have to cook at home and that home is small and unassuming if you don’t have to work unless you want to? Freedom is its own reward, but you have to want it really badly to have it drive you on when it seems very far away. Just remember that there are no deadlines in retirement.