Poll: Does your work as a freelancer generate a certain level of stress for you?
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Teresa Borges
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Not really! Aug 13

I don’t stress as much as I used to… In the very beginning I pulled numerous all-nighters in the process of meeting deadlines and I’m sure I have gained a few gray hairs, but now (many years later) I know myself quite well, I’m still extremely motivated, I understand my limitations, I learned to say “no”, I became organized and methodical, I never bite off more than I can chew and over the years I have learned the importance of taking time out for myself! Keep calm is my motto. As Miguel de Cervantes said: “There is a remedy for everything but death”...

Having said that, clients that are bad or slow payers still send me through the roof!


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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In most cases, no Aug 13

However, "Yes" if a project turns out to be something totally different from what it's supposed to be.

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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
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Yes, a lot Aug 13

I get stressed about everything - it's just the way I am. Mindfulness and meditation don't work for me. I even tried self-hypnosis tapes, to no avail.

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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some Aug 13

I would consider it as normal, the "extra-stress" is tax-related. In Italy you never know how things are going to change year after year and this is a source stress.

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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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Sometimes Aug 13

but I don't consider that unique to our profession, it's more the time we live in..

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Ricki Farn
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Well, Aug 13

*not* being a freelancer would generate incomparably more stress for me!

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Fiona Grace Peterson  Identity Verified
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Normal and probably positive Aug 13

I think that a certain level of stress as a freelancer is normal and "desirable" - it means we're pushing ourselves further, or that we’re in a situation we realise we shouldn't be, and both teach us something and help us grow.
And as Ricki said, I can't think of any thing more stressful than a daily commute, and other things that are part and parcel of being an employee. Sure, being a freelancer can be stressful. But it gives me a huge degree of control over my working life, which is empowering and gratifying.


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I get stressed out with admin. luckily I saw a thread just recently (in French) about the awful setup for freelancers and how you can write any number of times and never get an answer that shows that the writer actually read your letter, so I know it's not just me. The new president promised to reform all that and make it simpler, we shall see how true that is.

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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I have to say "no" Aug 14

Compared to the level of stress that my previous in-house jobs generated, freelancing is a piece of cake.

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