I know we all have heard the success stories about being a freelancer. Many would say, work from home is nothing but the freedom. Yes, absolutely. But that freedom comes with a price. This is something that no one would dare to express. But, that is the truth. Earlier, I wrote an article about things you should concern before jump into the freelance race.
I’ve been working as a freelancer for almost eight years now, and this is something I always asked myself “Is this safe?”
Yes, it is. But you should work your way around of freelancing. If not, you are doomed for sure. If you are new to freelancing, then the first thing you should avoid is, comparing your success with someone else’s, who has been doing freelancing for many years. I’m not discouraging you; I’m honest to the point. That’s it.
For some people, freelancing is a career path. For some, it doesn’t. Anyhow, the reason I’m writing this to share the pros and cons I experienced as a freelancer.
Let’s start with the brighter side of being a freelancer.
1. You are the Boss. This is what freelancing is all about
Yes, you decide what’s best for you. No one is giving orders nor pushing you to the wall with ridiculous deadlines. You can focus on your skills and start your own business from scratch. That is why many people have fallen in love with freelancing. But being your manager is not easy as it sounds. It requires a full-time commitment. If your business needs to see the tomorrow, you may have to sacrifice your day. (Well, this includes your breakfast, lunch, dinner and your good night sleep. Apparently, you can breathe. No problem there 😀 )
2. All you need your Laptop and a stable internet connection
If you are a freelancer, you can travel the world. No limits, no boundaries. Just pack your things, and you are ready to go. Don’t forget your laptop and your portable internet connection. Once I met a guy, who was a traveler (actually, that was what I thought) and he has traveled almost all the countries in the world. And he told me he covered all his expenses by doing freelance writing. How cool is that?
You could be him, all you need is to find a better freelance marketplace and start trying.
3. Your time your way
One of the best advantages I experienced is the time flexibility. Freelancing is not a usual corporate job that starts in 9 in the morning, ends in 4 in the evening. I start my day around 5.30 in the morning, and there’s no such routine. Whenever I complete my work, I can quit the day. Yes, sometimes I have worked till midnight. That is the dedication, and sometimes I even made $800 per day. It might not be a big number for someone. But for me, yup it is big.
The craziest part is, If you get bored while working, sure can watch a movie, listen to the music or even go out for a walk. That is the beauty of freelancing.
4. You can do what you love. Yeah, you are a freelancer!
Sometimes I met people who have amazing talents in something and chose a profession quite the opposite to his amazing skills. That is a disaster. They could have changed their lives for good if they decided to follow their abilities. This is where freelancing has a vital role to play. If you are going to start a freelance business, you are not going to focus on your least concerned skills, but the skills you are quite good at.
If a person chose wisely, then freelancing will become a career path for such people. So, do what you love and never get bored!
5. Better wages
Last, but not the least freelancer can make way better money than someone who is doing a cooperate job. Even for a beginner, freelancing is a gold-mine if he/she is on the right track. Among all the other reasons, this has the highest impact on choosing to freelance as a career path. This is not always right when the competition is great for freelance job opportunities. This is why you should have to have marketable skills in your arsenal.
In Sri Lanka sometimes graduates get hired for job opportunities for salaries as low as $100 – $120. It is a disaster in almost all the South Asian countries. And a beginner freelancer makes more than a graduate makes.
Again, freelancing is not going to be a career path for everyone. But, if you are skilled enough, you can make extra money (sometimes even higher than what your full-time job pays you). The time you spend with your laptop and especially with Facebook can be utilized into something meaningful. All you have to do is focus on your core skills.
You may be a teacher who has a deep desire in designing. Then apart from teaching, you can become a designer. The only thing that stops you becoming a designer is you!
So, what do you think? Furthermore, I’m sure you all have things to add up. Don’t hesitate. We’d be more than happy to hear your success stories and what you think of your freelancing career.