There are many misconceptions about the freedom afforded to freelance writers and other similar entrepreneurs. Many people assume that we have all kinds of free time and that we work in our pajamas. That’s not really true. Neither is the misconception that we only take on the projects that are of great interest to us.

In an ideal world, yes, one of the big perks of being a freelancer (as opposed to someone employed only by one specific company) is that I have greater choice in terms of projects and assignments. In an ideal world, the clients would come pouring in with requests and then I have the simple task of picking and choosing exactly which I want to do. Sounds great, right?

Well, it doesn’t quite work that way. There are bills that need to be paid and a living that has to be made. As a result, there are going to be times when I take on projects that are less than captivating. Yes, I still get to write on many of the subjects that interest me — technology, social media, video games — but there are also topics that aren’t as interesting, at least to me. Some keyword articles, for example, can be somewhat tedious to write.

Even when I work on projects that well within my realm of interest, I still have to deal with the business side of the equation. Accounting, taxes, customer service… these tasks take time and they can sometimes be less than pleasant. There are some freedoms, but it’s not like I’m completely shackle-free either. This is still work, even if it has its share of fun moments.

At the same time, it is through my freelance career that I have been able to explore some topic areas that I may not have otherwise explored. From asbestos poisoning to green home standards, these subjects certainly hold their merit as well. I’m not in school anymore, but I still aim to learn something new (almost) every day.

Moving forward, it makes sense to shift from services to products, though that can open a really big can of responsibilities and challenges as well. It’s an entirely different world when you are marketing your own product, rather than writing articles for a client. If successful, however, it could prove both more lucrative and more time-efficient. We’ll see.