The Way We Work
July 16, 2014 by Melanie Feltham

The summer is in full swing here in North America, and every day I am reminded of how lucky I am to be able to fully enjoy it without having to worry about keeping up with the 9-to-5.

This got me thinking about the perks of being a freelancer that some office-bound companies would be hard-pressed to match. Here are five that topped the list:

1. Enjoying sunny days

Gone are the days of spending life in the office and never seeing the sun. My patio is one of my favorite workspaces.

Photo: Digital Nomad Photo Contest winner Belinda Johnson Bernhard

Digital Nomad photo contest winner Belinda Johnson Bernhard

2. Spending less money on work clothes

Since most correspondence happens online, you really only need a couple of nice tops and maybe a blazer. And of course, dress pants are optional!

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3. Traveling frequently

Never miss out on a destination wedding or a family holiday again! Or, because you saved so much money on clothes, you can just go somewhere for the fun of it.

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4. Having a pet

No more kennel guilt! Taking periodic play breaks will get the blood flowing and keep your mind fresh.

Photo: Furry Friends Photo Contest winner Precious Dale Ramirez

Furry Friends photo contest winner Precious Dale Ramirez

5. Daytime Napping

When you own your schedule, there’s no need to push through when your energy lags. Catching a few daytime zzz’s to boost productivity when I’m feeling a little groggy is my favorite perk! Check out this article for more info about the effectiveness of napping and how to get the most from your break time.

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What is your favorite freelancing perk? Tell us in the comments!

Melanie Feltham

Contributing Author

Melanie Feltham is a full-time freelancer who specializes in social media and search engine marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics, a Bachelor of Science Honors in Psychology, and a Master of Business Administration.

  • Sultana Kabir Lucky

    Great tips still I can’t do always. Enjoy sunny days with morning walk but no pet. Have local travel with proper dress.

  • http://www.missrbit.com/ Radhika

    This is a great post Melanie. I love all of the reasons but especially love No. 1 about sunny days. When I worked a regular office job, I frequently had people tell me I had the best desk in the office because I could look out and see the sunshine and the ocean. To be honest it was more depressing that I could see this beautiful day outside and not enjoy it. Now, as a full time freelancer, if the day looks like a winner, I just go outside and work in the sunshine. Problem solved ;)

  • Dharmender Paul

    odesk is really great. i’m blessed to have this.

  • http://adelaydesign.com Ade Budiman

    Yeah, it’s 100% Me :)
    have a lot of time with family is something that is amazing

  • Murtaza Abbasi

    Haha very interesting.

    1 & 2 : I do
    3 : I want to
    4 : I don’t need
    5 : sometimes.

    • Delwar

      how i will to do this work

  • Jahidul Alam

    I work on Odesk and use real time.

  • milli

    No formal wear and I get to spend more time with family. Everything at my own pace too.

  • শফিকুর – রানা

    Thanks for the tips.

  • Shrikant Nepte

    In addition to the above, I am experiencing most satisfying advantage as to get too much to remain close to my family and friends, I never feel that I am working, instead I feel I am enjoying every moment :)

  • Belinda Bernhard

    Thank you for the post Melanie, and the reminder! I can Skype from the poolside, and I have 150% more motivation and creativity as a freelancer. I know for a fact that I am an all around happier person. The furry friends are a bonus ;-)

    • Keshia Burgess

      That’s a very nice computer you have

  • http://about.me/vijaysood Vijay Sood

    I am experiencing the same thing now. Your blogs always boost my confidence Melanie. Everything written here is true! Thanks!