Risks, Rewards & a Beautiful Mess: Life after 1 year of Freelancing

4 min readMay 13, 2023



Alright, ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts and prepare for the wild and unpredictable world of freelancing. It’s a rollercoaster journey filled with risks, absurdity, and a ton of opportunity.

After nearly 3 years working over Zoom and no free lunches, I decided that there had to be more to life (and my career). In this article, we’ll dive deep into the intricacies of freelancing — from payment struggles to the joy of unconventional collaborations.

Embracing the Unknown: Breaking Free from Cubicle Shackles

Ready to escape the soul-sucking cubicle life? Goodbye free coffee and office politics. Hello wild, untamed jungle of freelancing. It’s a land of adventure, where creativity reigns supreme and red tape becomes a relic of the past. Say hello to the freedom of choosing your own path and laughing in the face of convention.

The Money Chase: Balancing Art, Management, and Legal Protection

Ah, payment delays, the bane of every freelancer’s existence. It’s like playing a never-ending game of hide-and-seek with your hard-earned cash. But fear not! Embrace your inner detective and chase those elusive dollars like a pro. Seek guidance from past freelancers who’ve battled similar challenges and consider consulting with lawyers who specialize in contract law.

Unveiling Hidden Brilliance: Embrace the Hunt and Cultivate Connections

In the freelancing realm, talent often lurks in unexpected places. Don’t be fooled by the lack of exposure. Venture beyond the mainstream and discover the untapped brilliance that often goes unnoticed. Expand your network, connect with fellow freelancers, engineers, managers, scientists and researchers who can share valuable insights, and collaborate with a you, wild ideas and a variety of clients.

Collaborating Unconventionally: Embrace Quirkiness

Say goodbye to the humdrum world of conventional collaborations and embrace the wild, the weird, and the wonderfully unconventional. Seek out those offbeat brands and projects that make you scratch your head and go, “What the hell?” It’s in these collaborations that magic happens. Let your creativity dance with the absurd, and watch as your work takes on a life of its own. Embrace the quirkiness, and become a master of creative chaos.

Part-Time Revelry: Balancing Stability and the Freedom to Soar

Stability and freedom can coexist in the realm of part-time freelancing. Enjoy the best of both worlds with a regular income that provides stability while leaving room to pursue your passion projects. But don’t forget the importance of legal protection even in part-time work.

Embracing Chaos: The Art of Multitasking

As a freelancer, you’re a master of juggling hats, a maestro of multitasking. Design, project management, marketing — you do it all. Embrace the chaos, and find the beauty within the whirlwind. Celebrate the art of wearing multiple hats and revel in the unpredictable nature of freelancing. But amidst the chaos, don’t forget the importance of handling payments and protecting your rights. Embrace the wild ride, but with a keen eye on legal protection and financial stability.

Triumphs Amidst the Beautiful Mess: Building Your Freelance Empire

Freelancing in itself is a beautiful mess. It’s a journey filled with risks, and unexpected triumphs. Embrace the challenges, learn from the mishaps, and celebrate every success along the way. Each accomplishment is a stepping stone towards building your freelance empire. Stay true to your passion, cultivate connections with talented individuals, and keep honing your craft. Remember, the road may be unpredictable, but within the beautiful mess of freelancing lies the opportunity to create something remarkable.


Embrace the unknown, protect your assets, dive into unconventional collaborations, find stability through part-time work, and celebrate your triumphs. With determination, resilience, and a dash of humor, you can navigate the beautiful mess of freelancing and forge your own path towards success.