How Much Caffeine Should a Freelancer Drink?

Are you drinking too much caffeine? Any freelancer or soon-to-be-freelancer knows the importance of that morning cup of java. We all know too well about that last cup of coffee in the late-evening that helps us push forward. Sure, you can make the argument that coffee is bad for you and that you should quit. I’m not here to make that argument though! I’m not going to tell you to stop drinking coffee. In fact, I wanted to have some fun.

I live in the real world. I know that all of you are going to want your cup of coffee unless you’re one of the rare freelancers that doesn’t even touch an ounce of caffeine.

There are different stages of caffeine consumption for freelancers. Let’s look at these stages!

Moonlighting : When the hell do I sleep?

The first stage of caffeine consumption as a freelancer is the moonlighting. This is when you start freelancing and you still have a full-time job. You have to follow the stringent routine of:

  • Wake up early.
  • Get to work.
  • Deal with co-workers.
  • Survive 8 hours.
  • Get home.
  • Do your freelance work.

This is likely the toughest stage. You’re not used to your new schedule yet. You have to take some time to adapt. Where do you turn? Toast to the roast. You might need to take a few months to adjust. Don’t worry. Indulge my friend.

Making money : Okay so I’m getting paid!

Now you’re making money and getting paid. You might drink less coffee, but you’ll enjoy better coffee because you have more money than ever before. You might stop off at a premium coffee shop to indulge. Go ahead. Enjoy the premium lattes. You worked for it. You deserve to treat yourself.

The transition : Almost full-time freelancing.

You’re so close to quitting your job! This is when you’re going to drink the most caffeine. You need to stay awake. You need to ensure that your freelance income trumps your day job income. There are going to be nights where you want to sleep, but you have a huge project to finish or a client you want to close. This where that new coffee maker will come in handy.

Full-time freelancing : What do I do now?

Congrats superstar! You’re not a full-time freelancer. You quit your job and you have more time — well, technically you have more time. In reality, this might not be the case. The good news is that you don’t have to deal with annoying co-workers nor do you have to be up super-early. You might actually drink less coffee here because you can finally do the following:

  1. Sleep in.
  2. Rest.
  3. Take afternoon naps.
  4. Try out new sleep schedules.
  5. Wake up whenever you want to.
  6. Throw your alarm clock out the window or bash it over your boss’ head (maybe not!).
Enjoy your sleep. You worked hard for it.

Are you drinking too much caffeine? Please share your caffeine consumption and what stage you’re at.

One thought on “How Much Caffeine Should a Freelancer Drink?”

  1. Awesome post MD!

    I am definitely in the “Moonlighting” stage and drinking all the coffee I want, although not without consequences!!

    I can’t count the number of times I’ve thought I needed one more cup ‘o joe only to spend the afternoon jittery and distracted. Talk about a learning curve…

    Enjoyed the read!


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