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Confessions of a Freelancer

Updated on July 28, 2013

Sometimes I envy people with steady jobs.

They go to familiar cubicles, surrounded by pictures of their loved ones, and sip coffee out of their favorite mugs. They don’t have to stress about where their next gig is going to come from. They can simply focus on the job at hand. There is a clear demarcation between work and home. And the weekends are for them to explore.

Every month there is a pay cheque waiting for you in a white envelope, sometimes brown.  You can “afford” to notice its color.

I interviewed for a gig today, but I don’t think it went well. It’s not always easy finding work when you are freelancing.

I reached the office barely two minutes before, fixed my hair, pursed my lips and stepped in.  Only to be confronted by my client who by looking at his room and his toy collection was what I call a Man-child.

He knew exactly what he wanted and every time I tried giving him an idea, he either spaced out marveling at his toy collection or played with his ipad. He expected me to take his brief with zero contribution from my side and come up with a layout for him.

That was acceptable. But what really took the cake was this: just as I was about to talk of my remuneration, he rushed me out. He claimed to have another appointment. He added that he wanted to test me first: “let’s see your samples and we’ll discuss your compensation based on your competence.”

That’s the danger with freelancing. You run the risk of putting your ideas out there, getting robbed and never seeing a penny at the end of the day.  But one has to try and be optimistic, block out all that negative traffic from one’s mind that could so easily get you in a jam. 

As I headed back home, the day didn’t get any better. My rickshaw cocked and I stood on the street trying to get another. Minutes later I decided to just walk home.

Then there was an urge to have some coconut milk and I decided to answer it.  The only chance of finding a coconut vendor was a five-minute walk to the beach.

It doesn’t always help that the beach is mostly crowded here in Mumbai. Amongst the hoards of people around sometimes your loneliness gets amplified. Then a woofing three-legged dog passes by. He doesn’t feel he’s any different just because he’s missing a limb.

One look at the vast sea before you and you realize there’s a lot to be thankful for. You have the air in your lungs and a beautiful sunset. So what if it’s against a polluted skyline, it’s still beautiful.

The realization, that I can mould my life any way I want. Just that possibility, just knowing it, is enough to set you free. Free to be a slave to a day job or free to go on another freelancing adventure. 



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      Rfordin 5 years ago from Florida

      Hey Sweet,

      I enjoyed your confessions of a day in the life of a freelancer. I'm not a "true" freelancer as I do other things to make an income BUT I aspire to be able to call myself a freelancer one day. Although looking at the trials you took on up there I'm not so sure I have the endurance to see it through. Thanks for sharing.


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      Zara Rasul 6 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Hi PegCole17

      Thanks for your kind words. I have noticed that freelancers sometimes envy people with steady jobs and income while people with jobs envy the freedoms that freelancers enjoy. I guess it may be a case of grass being greener on the other side. However, the most important things is the enjoy what you do. The worst is being suck in a job or assignment you don't like working on.

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello sweetzara,

      It is difficult to continue looking for new assignments as a freelancer as you described so well in your hub. And yet there is that wonderful freedom to take only the jobs that really appeal to you. Having a cubicle (or office) is not nearly as free or fun, yet the security of a steady job does have its reward. A walk to the beach for a coconut - now, that may make up for the uncertainty. Nicely written hub.

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      Zara Rasul 6 years ago from Mumbai, India

      Thanks you Maralexa,

      I've been on HubPages for only about a week and it's really fun writing and putting things out there. Especially things that bother me. I have heard similar experiences in the freelancing world from many of my friends. It's crazy. Thanks for reading my hub and look forwards to reading yours.

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      Marilyn Alexander 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Welcome to HubPages. And what a great article. I can really relate! You made your interviewer such a typical character. What a waste of your time. Or, maybe not. I guess you could put together a "package" you could leave behind when prospective clients want all for nothing. Thanks again, I really enjoyed your hub.