Everyone that doesn't offer any kind of freelance services always tell that being a freelancer should mean you have loads of free time.
But that wasn't my experience at all, I used to have less free time than people that had a day job. Probably because I wasn't organized behind a schedule but even with a schedule I've discovered that some freelancers actually have less free time.
And here is why:
You always need to stay connected. Even if you are out, away from your laptop or desktop, you still need to stay connected. Responding to clients is your top priority.
Finishing projects and keeping a deadline means you need to sacrifice some of your free time to archive that goal, otherwise, you may lose that projects because most clients are always in a hurry.
Responding to potential clients is a must and you can't miss such an opportunity because that potential client can be forever gone if you take too long in giving him an answer or a first proposal.
Sometimes you'll just crash after a marathon type project. That means being unavailable for how much you need to get back on your feet.
What is your take on this? Do you have free time?
How many hours do you freelancer per day?
How much free time do you have allocated per week?
Do you work on weekends?