CON: One boss vs. multiple bosses.
On a regular job you get to know your boss inside and out, you familiarize yourself with their body language, and you will know how to approach them when needed, as well as how to engage them without stirring the waters or starting a conflict. What about freelancing? After all, you are your own boss, right? That’s just part of the story because, if you think about it, every boss has their own boss up the chain. So if you are your own boss, then who is your boss’ boss?
Well, it turns out that in the freelance world every client you get automatically becomes your boss, and the stress of dealing with tenths or hundreds of bosses every day of the month can easily play a number on your mental & emotional health. Imagine having a boss trying to contact you while you sleep because their time zone is on the other side of the spectrum, or several bosses nagging you at the same time. Think of a boss whom you need to carefully talk to because their cultural differences can turn your words or ideas into unintentional weapons, while at the same time working on several projects for other bosses who keep asking you about your progress. But you can use the freelancer code and simply replace “boss” with “client”, that should keep you sane for a while.
Agree or Disagree?
- No, I’m my own boss
- Yes, Everyone wants to be my boss
- I need a vacation
- Other (comment below)