Have you ever felt like you were meant to freelance? Have you ever had the feeling that you work much better on your own, without a boss?
You may not be too far off.
Freelancing has many benefits; one of those being that you are your own boss. You’re not working for a huge corporation or in a department with 50 other people; it’s just you.
Paul Graham has written an extremely interesting article that discusses our natural tendencies on how not having a boss may actually be propelling you forward more than you thought.
“Technology tends to separate normal from natural. Our bodies weren’t designed to eat the foods that people in rich countries eat, or to get so little exercise. There may be a similar problem with the way we work: a normal job may be as bad for us intellectually as white flour or sugar is for us physically.
I began to suspect this after spending several years working with startup founders. I’ve now worked with over 200 of them, and I’ve noticed a definite difference between programmers working on their own startups and those working for large organizations. I wouldn’t say founders seem happier, necessarily; starting a startup can be very stressful. Maybe the best way to put it is to say that they’re happier in the sense that your body is happier during a long run than sitting on a sofa eating doughnuts.
Though they’re statistically abnormal, startup founders seem to be working in a way that’s more natural for humans.”
Read the rest of Paul’s article here.