On Saturday, I’ll be packing up my laptop and other work necessities and getting in the car. For the next two weeks, I’ll be working from my grandmother’s kitchen table.
If I had a ‘real’ job and I got a call that my family needs me now, my options would be pretty limited. If I was lucky, I might have enough vacation time to cover whatever family emergency came up — although some employers want a surprisingly lengthy notice if you’ll be taking time off from work. I might have been able to to take an unpaid leave of some sort (but I’d still be worrying about paying my bills).
But my work doesn’t require my physical presence at a particular desk. I can do it from just about anywhere.
The real benefit of freelancing isn’t working in your pajamas. It isn’t being able to take on a variety of projects. It’s being able to adjust your work schedule around your priorities with no worries.