Forget everything you’ve always known about work. The rules have changed.
The idea of work and employment has certainly changed for me personally. Upon getting laid off in 2011, I was left with a choice: stay on unemployment while looking for a job, or make money by becoming self-employed. I chose self-employment, and I haven’t looked back.
I can relate to the five new rules of work outlined in this article on FastCompany.com:
One: work can happen anywhere.
I work from home, but I can also work from my grandparents’ house when I want to go visit them. I can go on vacation and work in the morning or evening. As long as I perform well and meet my deadlines, that’s all that matters.
Two: you’re on call 24-7
This isn’t that big of a change from when I was working for the man. As long as an employer or clients aren’t holding you to a strict schedule AND requiring you to be on call after hours, I don’t have a big problem with this situation as long as all parties involved are reasonable and understand that an email at midnight may not be checked right at midnight.
Three: it’s a gig-based world.
I’m not going to lie. I do love clients on retainer — it helps me understand my hours each week and my cash flow. However, it’s nice to have project work, too. You get to learn new things and mix things up every now and then.
Four: the line between work and life is pretty much gone.
It’s true. For the most part, I don’t mind. My niece spends the afternoons after school with me. When I am able to finish up my work a bit early or at least find time for a break, we jump in the pool and swim or play Mario Cart on the Wii. If I still had my old job, I’d never get to enjoy this time with my favorite, little friend.
Five: gotta love what you do.
If you are going to be going solo through freelancing or self-employment, you must love what you do. Otherwise, you would probably stress yourself out worrying about getting the next gig, covering your expenses and more. Being passionate about your work, doesn’t mean you won’t have these worries. It just means that things seem to fall into place a little more easily when you have a passion that you are willing to pursue.
How do you feel about the new rules of work?