Treating yourself. A part of your job.
As a freelancer, how much you should spend on things you want is often a confusing or guilt-driven calculation. While being financially responsible is important, sometimes you need to let the guilt go and treat yourself to what you deserve. Here are some tips on how to spend on yourself responsibly.
1. Consistency is key.
Start a monthly "me" spending allowance. Set aside the same amount of money each month for random/totally unnecessary expenditures so you won't feel bad when you do go for that impulse buy. Make a conscious decision beforehand that it's ok to spend on yourself. Cuz. it. is.
2. Think of your spending like a pat on the back.
You don't have a boss telling you "well done" so it's up to you to applaud yourself for your hard work. Invite a friend to a nice dinner after a long hard day of work and enjoy it!
3. You don't always need an immediate, good reason to spend money.
"No regrets" is a great philosophy to live by. If you feel something you want to spend on will have a long-term positive effect on you, that's a good indication that you should go for it.
4. Vacation is sometimes prescriptive.
Even doctors will tell you to take time off. A yoga retreat or a spa day that helps you recharge and reset yourself for your upcoming jobs can be imperative to your success.
5. Needing and wanting can be the same thing.
The easiest things to purchase guilt-free are the things you both want and need. Next time you want to shop but feel you shouldn't, aim for items that fall into both the 'want' and 'need' buckets.
6. The best case scenario.
One of the perks of freelancing is that something you want to buy can also be something you need for work and that can mean purchasing a tax-deductible gift for yourself.