Music plays a big role in people’s lives these days. Whether we’re keeping ourselves calm with some coffee house jazz, or slogging through a morning run to some upbeat jams, our lives have a soundtrack.
But sometimes we listen to music just to hear a song we can relate to right in that moment. That’s why we put together the ultimate playlist for the freelance writer, with 10 songs you will definitely relate to.
1. You Can Get It If You Really Want – Jimmy Cliff
Really, the first song you should listen to on those days when you’re questioning whether you’re completely over your head.
Rome was not built in a day
Opposition will come your way
But the harder the battle, you see
Is the sweeter the victory
Watch it on YouTube
2. Call Me Maybe—Carly Rae Jepson
When you’re at a networking event and you meet the marketing chief for Google, or the content manager for that cool app everyone’s talking about. “Hey, I just met you/ And this is crazy/ But here’s my number…”
3. Take On Me—A-ha
This song could be the musical version of every discussion you have with a potential client.
4. I Need a Dollar—Aloe Blacc
No getting around it—we all need to get paid! This is the song to listen to just before you make the call to see what happened to that invoice you submitted a month-and-a-half ago.
5. So Lonely—The Police
The freelance life can be a lonely life. Take a break, turn up the volume and pogo around the room to this early Police classic.
6. Freedom! ’90—George Michael
It’s not always about struggle and stress. Freelancing can provide a lot of freedom. You can be your own boss, set your own hours and work in your pajamas! You may not be a supermodel like the cameo lip-syncers in the video for this George Michael song, but you can still strut through the luxurious freedom the freelance life offers.
7. I Won’t Back Down—Tom Petty
The ultimate song of perseverance.
8. Seven Nation Army—The White Stripes
You’ve snared that big client, and now they’ve come back to you with more work. Are you up for it? Hell yeah! A seven nation army couldn’t hold you back!
9. Taxman—The Beatles
A song every freelancer needs to keep in mind. You might be getting your highest rate, attracting clients like moths to a flame, and busier than that proverbial one-legged man at a butt-kicking contest, but the taxman is always out there waiting. Make sure you don’t get caught short.
10. It’s a Freelance Life—Garlic Jackson Comedy
Garlic Jackson Comedy created this parody of the song It’s a Hard-Knock Life from the musical Annie. It’s been called “uncomfortably honest.” It’s also been called hilarious. We think you’ll agree with both. If you find yourself nodding in recognition as you laugh, you’re a freelancer.
The information and tips we’re sharing in this article are meant to be a starting point for your year-end tax prep, so you can be informed and feel confident when working with your accountant. Be sure to check with a tax expert in your country or region for any specific advice you need, as each business (and tax district) is different. As our lawyers would say: “This article is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered legal or financial advice.”