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The biggest advantage of being a freelancer

January 1, 2010. Delia is standing next to one
of her favourite cartoon characters
made of snow
Last year I wrote a post about advantages and disadvantages of being a freelancer. Now, as I am sitting by my daughter watching her sleeping and finishing another urgent assignment, I realized how blessed I really am. I can see how she's growing. I can spend time with her. I can take her home from the kindergarten right after lunch, not in the evening like most parents do. Every day we read or do some maths to prepare her for primary school. We can go outside and play in the first snow. We can watch her favourite cartoons together. All while people with 'normal' jobs are still at work. To me, this is the greatest advantage of being a freelancer. Yes, there are deadlines, taxes and Russian laws which are hard to figure out without some legal help, and sometimes I am not sure whether I'll be able to pay all the bills (but our awesome, amazing Lord helps us every single time), and I am working twice as much as I would work in any office now as I am trying to build a team of translators. But freelancing really helped me realize that all limits are actually in my mind, not somewhere outside! And I am learning to live without limits (not talking about moral values here). I have some great plans for this blog and for my career, and, what's more important, for my life.

What's your biggest motivation to develop your freelance business?
 

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Hi everybody! First of all, thank you for reading my blog. I love to see that the number of my subscribers is growing every week. That's so inspiring!
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