‘Is it really worth it’ has been the pressing question on the minds of all freelancers. Freelancing has its struggles and rewards and in order for freelancers to succeed in this field, they will have to accept and enjoy the uncertainty associated along with.
Having to freelance means creating your own schedule and being your own boss. So the more time and effort you put in, the more fruits you’ll reap. Considering the fact that some of us are early risers whilst some do not function at morning, freelancing frees you from the 9 to 5 mundane routine and motivates you to be creative. As a freelancer, you can take your office anywhere and everywhere, providing you the leeway to work outdoors amidst different settings. Additionally, it saves you the cost and hassle of commuting to office daily. However, working on your own terms comes with its price.
Unlike a full time job with a steady pay check on time and related fringe benefits, freelancers have to make their finances stretch owing to oft late payments. Also, if freelancers do not remain vigilant enough, they may end up working but not being paid at the context of ‘this isn’t what I asked for’. Therefore, client handling and work agreements are crucial when it comes to freelancing. If you are a freelancer, you will have to make ends meet with project-to-project remuneration and should be willing to say goodbye to health benefits, employee insurance schemes, increments and bonuses.
Whilst some of us may fantasize about freelancing as a freedom from employment, a reality check is in place! In the freelancing industry, your client is your boss and coming up to the expectations of your clients is what will establish you in this market. As work from home can make you less disciplined and eventually less productive, it may translate into the quality of your work sometimes. In order to overcome the distractions, freelancers need to be we well-organized in managing their tasks in a timely manner, so as to seem professional and responsible to prospective clients.
As many freelancers have an entrepreneurial mindset, they find it really hard to write or design for others, keeping the client’s preferences and approach in mind. Those not having the flexibility to be in someone else’s shoes cannot go farther in the freelancing field. Freelancing is very demanding and requires utmost commitment and dedication without any job security or decent salary. Hence, if you can weigh these pros and cons and be daring enough to face the challenges associated, then you have a long way to go as a freelancer!