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Free Time? Quality Time.

Aug 10, 2012

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30 People Shaping The Web. One Thought Every Day. All Year Round. Sugar For The Mind. The Pastry Box Project

Two years ago, when I decided to freelance full-time, almost all of my friends and family predicted I'd have so much more free time.

I naively thought so too. With my “own” schedule, I envisioned frequent half-days and regular days off. I thought of new hobbies I could start and all the books I would read and all the extra travel I'd do.

As it turns out, these predictions weren't quite right. In my July Pastry Box contribution, I discuss how my expectations for tons of free time have evolved into appreciation for quality of time.


Working for myself, half-ass just isn't an option. For me to build my business and my brand successfully and the way I want to, the commitment is huge. Whether it is actual development, writing an article, editing a podcast or just thinking about a project, work takes up a large part of my life.

Reading this, it sounds horrid. “Working all the time” isn't what I had in mind, and I doubt it is a ringing endorsement for anyone considering making the jump to self-employment. But, as I detail for my Pastry Box, it is actually pretty damn great.

Go read it!

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It is amazing how people automatically assume that if you work for yourself you are a) loaded and b) have a fantastic work free lifestyle.

Only people working for themselves know how far from the truth this really is! Thank you for articulating this into your blog so eloquently.

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