Not all of us can be satisfied with an office job. If you ever found yourself waking up on a rainy morning and struggling to get out of bed, you probably understand what I’m talking about. That’s one of the main reasons more and more people are willing to try freelance instead of an office job.
However, that’s not the only reason people want to do so. On the first sight, freelancing opens a whole new world of amazing possibilities: you can work from home, travel anytime you like, and earn money at the same time. But is it really like that?
When it comes to a freelance career, it’s important to mention not only pros but also cons of this business. That’s why today I’m going to tell you about them.
Pros of freelance work
Let’s be honest: how many of us spend the whole day in office actually working? Probably, not whole – or this work isn’t as hard as it seems: otherwise, we’d become exhausted very quickly.
However, even if we don’t have to work for 8 hours straight, we still have to sit in the office until the end of a workday. That can be a tough challenge for those of us who hate to waste their time.
When you freelance, you are able to decide how much time you’re going to spend on work as well as manage your workload. This is definitely a pro, especially if you are skilled in managing your time. Moreover, it’s a good option if you are a student, who has to combine college and work.
Furthermore, you are able to work from anywhere: from your bed if you don’t feel like getting out of it today; from a café if you like being close to people; from another country if you decide to go on a vacation. You also don’t have a limited vacation: you can spend half of the year resting if your budget allows doing so.
You can also earn more money on freelance, especially if you are a hard worker. Your income depends directly on the amount of work you do, not on the amount of hours you spend working (however, some freelance websites like Upwork allow to choose this option too).
Cons of freelance work
Probably one of the biggest cons of freelance is its instability. If you don’t have permanent clients, you have to find new ones each time you complete a certain task: and it can be hard for many people.
For example, I know a talented designer who loves to work but hates communicating with clients. He can do his work brilliantly but would rather do it in an office than go freelancing because the latter means that he has to contact his potential clients on his own. That’s the main reason people decide not to try freelancing. However, this problem can be solved once you find some permanent clients.
Unfortunately, when it comes to freelance you are also less protected from various misfortunes and payment delays. If a client delays your payment, all you can do is wait.
Another con of freelance is that it requires a lot of self-organization and motivation. If it’s hard for you to manage your time well, you might find yourself in trouble because you won’t be able to meet the deadlines. In this case, you can actually spend more time on work and receive less money than you would receive in office.
To sum it up, freelance is a good opportunity for active people, who are able to organize their time well, work hard, and communicate with clients easily.
Freelancing is more flexible than an office job: if you want to receive more money, you’ll just need to work more; but you also can work less. Moreover, you can take a day off in the middle of the week if a deadline allows it and even work at night if you choose to do so.
However, if you find it hard to concentrate at home or in any kind of non-office environment, if you have troubles with finding clients, asking for more money for your work, and evaluating how much time it’ll take you to finish a certain task, maybe freelance is not for you after all.
It requires a lot of concentration, work, and self-organization, so you have to develop these traits first before trying to switch to freelance work.
The best thing with a freelance career is that you’re always able to try it before switching to it completely. To do so, check out various resources like Upwork or Fiverr, try to get some tasks assigned to you and see how you’ll be able to complete them.
I wish you good luck with that!