There’s a profusion of business-related, cancery Twitter accounts, books and blogs promising to reveal how you can make limitless amounts of money from freelancing.
If you’re a fan of true creative freedom and self-realisation you’ll know that’s all complete bollocks and totally misses the point.
Unless you’re born of privilege, more money necessitates more work. Then when you gain more money you end up spunking more of it away in pursuit of your lost leisure time and appetite for life, and thus you enter the global crap vortex of relentless consumerism.
Better to earn less but be rich in time and freedom to do more of what makes you happy
Yet you must remember that most of the world doesn’t share our very sensible and virtuous human freelancer ideology. I discovered this recently when I sent an email to client along the lines of “this is how much work I’ve done so far and it’ll cost roughly this much money but it’s really not that important” – implying my lack of interest in figures, and a desire to simply get on with doing a good job regardless.
Unfortunately my message was misunderstood, and its response – along the lines of “actually Chris, how much it costs IS important” – reminded me that money is a big deal to most people.
The lesson here is that we must remember not everyone values happiness and doing the right thing over cold hard cash. And don’t rub those miserable cunts’ faces in it by flaunting your devil-may-care attitude to money, because they’ll only get upset and have to buy another new car to cheer themselves up.
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