Deadend day job? *Hmmmm. *That "deadend day job" pays for my house, my car, house insurance, health insurance, car insurance, utilities, food, gas, cable, phone, dog care, clothes, medical bills and Rxs, and a few luxuries like plants and lights, dinner out and a some fun purchases every now and then. *Not so bad for a single person.
It is very difficult to make a living freelancing. *You have to maintain high-end computer equipment with current software and hardware (scanner, laser printer, CD burner, camera, etc.). *You need regular, high-paying clients (which you have to find). *Lose a client or two, you may not be able to pay your bills until you can find replacements. *You have to pay for your own insurance which runs about $350 a month for an individual (how much do you pay for health insurance?). *Then there's handling all the business of tax withholdings and bookkeeping which, if you can't do it yourself, you have to pay someone to do that. *I know several people who worked freelance graphics at home and after a few years, they called it quits and got a job somewhere because it was too hard when the money flow turns to a trickle and rent is due...and you don't have it.
It is difficult to be self-employed. *It can mean working 24/7. *My father had his own business and all he did was work...all day at the print shop, all nite in the basement office doing camera work and paste-up, all weekend....all his life (printing, deliveries, consultation, sales, bookkeeping, payroll, stock). *He made a good living but he worked HARD for it.
I have a good job, work with great staff and appreciative agents. *Only the 2 moronic supervisors make it difficult. *It could be a lot worse. *So...I think I'll keep my "deadend day job" because, if nothing else, I know I'm getting a paycheck every 2 weeks I can count on. *Sure it would be a wonderful dream to work for myself and be free of supervisor morons. *But sometimes you just have to face it that life "ain't no dream" most of the time. *I have too much responsibility to take such a risk with my income. *Sometimes you have be realistic and compromise...give up a little freedom to gain a little security. *I have to take care of myself as best I can. *I can have my job AND do freelance for myself and have the best of both worlds.
Thank you for the compliments on the brochure. *It will be better when its finished.