The benefits of having a part-time job when you’re freelancing.

by Tara Fitness

“Woah, woah, woah” I yelled as I ran through the emergency braking sequence on my bike. Another pedestrian had stepped in front of me without looking, but this time the worst possible scenarios were worse than usual. Hit the pedestrian or (possibly and) fall into a lane of high-speed traffic less than a metre away.

Stopping on a 5 cent piece it is then!

It’s all in a days work as a cycle courier for Deliveroo.

Although I’m a freelance writer, I choose to work about 10-15 hours per week as a courier.


5 reasons why I choose to have a part-time job.


1. I get paid to ride my bike.

I love cycling. Often, I’ll jump on my bike a few times a week and cycle 20-30 kilometres. I do it for the exercise and the love of cycling. So when I noticed Deliveroo were recruiting in my area, I decided to throw my hat in the ring. After all, why ride for free when I can do what I love and get paid around £12.50 an hour for it.


2. Work as an external motivator.

I’ve been working for myself for 3 and a half years now. Although I’m determined and driven, I still have lulls in my motivation levels, both when it comes to business tasks and exercise. As I cycle for work, I have to ride when I don’t want to (even when it’s 0 degrees outside). If I didn’t have to work, I guarantee I wouldn’t go riding when it’s that cold.

I also find myself feeling more motivated to complete my writing tasks when I know I have to go to work that evening. If I want some time to rest and relax before work, I have to create that time. So, my part-time job effectively works as a procrastination reduction tool.


3. I get to talk to people.

Freelancing can be lonely, especially when you’re an introvert like me. Most of my human interaction as a writer happens via email, which isn’t very social. So, as a courier who delivers takeaway food, I probably speak to 100 people every shift when I count restaurant staff, clients and other riders. On a busy night, I won’t get to talk to people as much. But even a quick chat with another rider while waiting for food is more than I get when I’m working at home.


4. Flexibility.

Cash is life, it’s that simple. As a freelancer, some months are incredible, while others make your bank account look as dry as the Sahara Desert. As I’m a contractor, I can choose how many hours I work for Deliveroo, so on a slow month, I simply pick up a few more shifts. It’s a relief knowing if I can’t make ends meet with my freelance work for the month, I can top up the bank balance with a few extra hours work.


5. I’ve lost weight.

The most exciting benefit is I’ve lost weight since I started work. On a normal 4 hour shift, I cycle for probably 2.5 hours of that, so on an average week, I spend about 8-10 hours on the bike. For a cyclist, that doesn’t sound like a lot. But when I consider I used to ride for 2-3 hours per week, it’s been a huge increase in my cardio training. As a result, I’ve dropped a shirt size and the numbers on the scales are steadily decreasing.


Why having a part-time job works for me.

Even though I’ve had more near misses and accidents in the last 2-months than I’ve had in my entire life as a cyclist, I feel the positives of having my part-time job far outweigh the negatives.


How you might make a part-time job work for you.

If you’re a freelancer looking to pick up some extra work, I’d highly recommend looking for something flexible and fun. Choosing to do something I love and being able to move it around according to my schedule are the main reasons I love being a cycle courier so much.

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