I've been freelancing full-time for about 12 months now and I love it. It allows me to be completely flexible with my schedule and work when I want to work. However, I'm slowly starting to realise that my time can only scale so far. By that I mean a.) I realistically only have the mental capacity for 30-40 productive hours of work in my week; and b.) my hourly rate can only rise so high before clients start saying no.
That leads me to the obvious next step: starting a business.
Ever since I got into web development I've yearned to start a business and build something on my own. I wanted to be (and still want to be) an Indie Hacker who makes money online, call myself the CEO and simply code whenever I wanted to code. I get so wrapped up the idea of "having a business" but never actually had a real problem to solve.
To this day, I'm still somewhat torn. I really would love to have a business and build something awesome that I can earn a living from. However, I feel as though I need to step back and ask myself if I want a business because I actually have a burning desire to solve a problem, or if it's to make money, have freedom and live a comfortable life?
Most people who get into something for the money tend to burn out eventually. On the other hand, those who are in it for the desire to help solve problems and have a genuine love for what they do tend to last well beyond their retirement years...