By Nancy Foster
One of the reasons I went into freelancing was the freedom it promised. Freedom from the tyranny of incompetent bosses. Freedom from the shackles of internal politicking. Freedom to do the job the way I think best and contribute something positive to an organisation.
And freelancing does offer that. In spades.
Of course there are still politics to be played and people you'd rather not work with that you....well....have to find a way work with. The plus is that you are always aware that you are only there for a limited period of time so you can minimise all that peripheral noise and just get on with useful delivery. And then the contract ends. The project completes. You're not tied down. You can walk away. You can take a couple of months off to paint the garden fence or walk the Great Wall of China.
The one thing I didn't count on with this nomadic work life is that it can get pretty lonely too.