It’s the Fourth of July, which to most Americans means togetherness with family and friends, barbecues and fireworks. For a gal who works from home, usually seven days a week, it also makes me think of the lifestyle choices afforded me by our forefathers and the battles won for our freedom.
My husband and I both lived the nine to five lifestyle for over a decade before exploring ways to work from home and still have enough left to save for retirement. We’re fortunate enough to have writing skills which keep us afloat, and after a year of really making a go of it, are actually helping us to start pulling ahead. We work almost every day, and it’s certainly not a career path for everyone, but it allows us to live the lifestyle we want for our family.
Being a work-from-home freelancing couple takes determination. We have a variety of reliable clients which pay regularly; weekly, bi-weekly or monthly; and are constantly on the lookout for new job opportunities, both long and short term. Because we don’t have programs and resources that are typically provided by full-time employers, we’re responsible for our own health insurance as well as savings and investment firms for finance tips that will help us now and keep us on track for retirement.
Like I said, freelancing isn’t the right career path for everyone, but it’s our version of the American dream. We work long, hard hours, but have the flexibility to take mid-afternoon trips to the park and sit down to home-cooked meals three times a day. On this Independence Day, I’m thankful for the opportunities my husband and I have been given and the freedom to provide for our family our way.
Happy Fourth of July!