Financial independence mean that you have a passive income (from a porfolio of stocks, bonds or other resources) and you can live without working, or if you prefer you can exit the “rat race”. What does it mean? According to Cambridge dictionary “a way of life in modern society, in which people compete with each other for powerand money” This doesn’t mean you have to stop working at all. Probably you like your work in some ways but you don’t like your boss or some way or working or more simply you need more spare time to enjoy your life and do almost what you like. So financial independence doesn’t mean to watch tv all day long, but get a new vison of work where you do the work you like simply because you like it. Enzo Biagi one of the most important Italian journalist said “I would have been a free journalist too: thank goodness my publishers have never noticed it”. Yes if you are financial independet you can work for free.