The story alluded to in the title, tells us of a princess who chooses a commoner for her consort and her disapproving father lets chance decide the outcome. He makes the man choose between two doors – one behind which he finds the lady and gets to marry her; or the other where he finds the tiger and gets eaten up! His dilemma translates very well to our current struggles to achieve work-life balance in the freelance economy – and choose between work and our significant others. Fortunately, it is not a pure game of luck as in the case of the princess’ suitor. We actually have a choice we can exercise, provided we put a strategy in place.
According to the Staffing Industry Analysts’ report, 29% of all workers or 44 million people worked at freelance gigs worth 792 billion in 2015. Such ambitious and entrepreneurial freelancers tend to be consumed by work, and entrepreneurial zeal. When trying to establish yourself in your chosen profession, you may end up choosing the tiger out of your own volition and working so extra-ordinarily hard that life means being devoured by work and to have no opportunities to play. Switch to freelance work, and all dreams of the much hyped flexibility and work-life balance get replaced by worries; about finding more clients, achieving better revenues and building security and stability for your work.
There are some strategies you can put in place as a freelance to achieve the desired levels of work-life balance.
Whatever may be your vocation in life, you can be sincere to the needs of your family as much as you are to your personal venture and contribute equally to both of them so as to achieve work-life balance. That would help you reap the real benefits of being a freelancer.
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