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Becoming A Full-Time Freelancer: Expectations Vs. Reality

Working for yourself might not be as easy as you were expecting it to be – but it's so worth it. Let QuickBooks Self-Employed make your life (and taxes) a little easier and receive an estimate on how much money you need to set aside for taxes.

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1. Expectation: You'll spend your days working in a cute neighbourhood café with a cappuccino.


Reality: You won't leave your couch for weeks at a time.

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2. Expectation: You'll have time for morning gym sessions and mid-afternoon yoga classes.

Reality: You won't even have time to walk to the mailbox – let alone attend an exercise class.

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3. Expectation: You'll have a great network of self-employed friends to hang out with while you work.


Reality: You'll spend so much time alone with just your computer.

4. Expectation: Because you can set your own rate, you'll make so much more money.

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Reality: Competition is fierce so you might not always be able to negotiate for your desired pay.

5. Expectation: Without a nine-to-five, your schedule will be so much more flexible so you'll have a lot of "me time".


Reality: You'll be working way more hours than you ever have in your life.

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6. Expectation: You'll have a perfectly organised and gorgeously styled desk.


Reality: You'll be taking notes on the backs of all the old receipts you're saving. And you can barely find your phone in the mess.


7. Expectation: You'll be dressed fabulously for all of your important client meetings.

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Reality: Most of your meetings will take place over the phone while you're in your pyjamas.

8. Expectation: You'll have time to prepare healthy lunches at home.


Reality: Lunch is two-minute noodles. Every single day.

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9. Expectation: Being your own boss will be a dream come true.

Reality: Motivating yourself when you don't have anyone to hold you accountable isn't always easy.

10. Expectation: You'll have tons of time for taking the holidays of your dreams.

Reality: Because you don't have paid annual leave days, you're always on call.

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11. Expectation: You'll LOVE all of your clients.


Reality: You really won't love all of your clients.

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QuickBooks Self-Employed is here to make things a little easier when life doesn't live up to your expectations.

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