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The Comfort of Reliability and Lack Thereof

Posted on 25 March 2017 by Andrei

I have to admit there are days during which I envy those who have the comfort of 9 to 5 jobs. Even if it’s a fake sense of comfort and the idea of job safety is somewhat of a joke, it must be relieving not to feel any kind of “I wonder how much money I’ll make next month”-type pressure.

The truth about our industry is that earnings can be volatile… to put it mildly.

When you have a good month, euphoria kicks in.

But when a dry spell occurs… not so much.

Doing your own thing (whether it’s investing in domains, running websites or anything else) requires a certain type of mental strength and sometimes takes its toll on you, let me tell you that much. Sometimes it’s exciting, sometimes it’s ridiculously frustrating.

It’s ultimately a trade-off I guess.

1) Freedom
2) Money
3) Comfort

… pick two 🙂

Maybe that’s the rule of the game, I have no idea.

What I do know is that this occupation represents a good choice for some people, whereas for others… not so much.

People I interact with in the real world sometimes ask me if I think they should try doing their own thing as well. This puts me in a difficult position because I don’t know how to reply. On the one hand, I’m all for telling people lo follow their dreams. On the other hand though, I can’t help but notice that many of them probably wouldn’t do well online.

At the end of the day though, I ultimately prefer telling everyone the truth.

That doing your own thing can be lucrative, exciting, liberating and all that stuff but that if the comfort of reliability means a lot to them, they’re better off looking elsewhere.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Eric Lyon Says:

    The secret ingredient to making freelancing work over a 9 to 5 grind is budgeting. I’ve been a freelancer/owner-operator on and off-line since 1999. If we just look at online freelancing, since 2005. There are good months and bad months. Because of this, it’s imperative that one budgets properly and puts money away on good months to help float the bad. If there are any inconsistencies with the budget, everything falls apart and that’s when the stress starts to creep in.