Freelance work can be amazing. You get to be your own boss, work in your pajamas, and even take naps if you want. What a lot of people don’t realize, though, is that self-employment is more than just hanging out waiting for money to appear in your bank account – you’ll work harder for yourself than you ever would for someone else.
Sometimes freelancing is just plain tough. While many clients and projects are great, some are less awesome.
Sometimes you hit that moment where a project is delayed, your bank balance is down to $28, and you’ve been awake for 50 hours straight. Other times you hit a wall and can’t go any further, yet your deadline is approaching and you don’t have time to research the answers you need. Or maybe you took on one of those “I just need a simple website” clients and now you have regrets.
How do you deal when your freelancer struggles are bigger than your ability to cope? With internet memes and GIFs, of course! Here are some (totally tongue in cheek) examples of issues all freelancers have encountered.
20 Freelancer Struggles That Are All Too Real
1. When you send an invoice and get an “on vacation” autoresponder.
2. When you miss a deadline.
3. When a potential client doesn’t hire you “because my nephew is really good with computers.”
4. When your family members ask you to babysit or run errands “since you’re at home anyway.”
5. When you see code (or a blog post) you wrote a year ago.
6. When someone tweets you publicly to point out mistakes in your work.
7. When you’ve procrastinated and need to pull an all-nighter to meet your deadline.
8. When you actually leave your house to experience the real world.
9. When a project is much more complicated than you initially thought.
10. When you outsource part of a project and it doesn’t go so well.
11. When a client call lasts way longer than it should have.
12. When your code works perfectly until you try to demo it for the client.
13. When your friends ask how you work so many hours.
14. When you lose a bid for a project you know was a perfect fit.
15. When a much more experienced freelancer shares tips that go over your head.
16. When you’ve been too busy to realize something on your own website has been broken for weeks.
17. When a client sends an “urgent” request at 5pm on Friday.
18. When a client asks for something out of scope but doesn’t want to pay.
19. When you finish the worst project of all time and you finally get paid.
20. When you read this list and realize you aren’t alone in your struggles.