The world of capitalism is tough, but fair. Just like in the wild, only the toughest and most willing to adapt survive. The weakest of the herd fall to the lions, the Dodo was destroyed by its stupidity and the Galapagos tortoise is betrayed by it’s own deliciousness.

Things are too easy for many of us these days. Due to the actions of greedy unions, the law now protects worker’s rights. This is an affront to nature. Do ants have a minimum wage? Do seagulls take paternity leave? No, they do not.

This means that good, wholesome companies are tied up in red tape and bureaucracy. Gone are the halcyon days of bosses being able to fire people whenever they deem it necessary. But there is still a way to feel the invigorating wind of Western capitalism outside the strict confines of liberal employment laws – that is to step into the economic wilderness alone as a freelancer.

By striking out on your own, you get to prove your mettle against the rest of the planet. That’s how the real world works. The freedom to do what you want and succeed or fail based on your own merit. As Ayn Rand famously said:

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

Becoming a freelancer means you take on every aspect of the business you choose. It is no easy task, but life isn’t easy. Anyone who says our lives should be a breeze or that a good work ethic isn’t the sign of a strong moral character is probably a communist anyway.

You’ll struggle to make ends meet, have to fight for work against much bigger rivals and probably question why you did it in the first place. But when you can afford your first hot meal in three months you’ll be able to scoff it down with pride. You worked for that without a single bit of support from friends, family or the state because that’s the way it should be.

Capitalism is all about the individual and, as Margaret Thatcher so poignantly pointed out:

“There is no such thing as society. There are only individual men and women.”

Freelancing gives you the chance to show off to everyone just how accomplished an individual man/woman you really are.

You don’t only prove your own self-worth by doing this, but you also contribute to ‘society’ yet another individual man or woman. Competition is the lifeblood of capitalism, and by throwing your hat into the ring you get to battle it out with someone else until one of you is bankrupt.

Of course if you do fail for whatever reason, you’ll know the merits of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps alone. You’ll feel an unmistakable sense of pride as you step over the other homeless guy and take his can of Special Brew; like elephants fighting over a watering hole.

Fortune favours the brave, my friend. Leave your mollycoddled co-workers behind and go it alone.

Image by Franceso Diez