Freelancing is the way a lot of Americans are choosing in the recent years. The freelance economy has been growing leaps and bounds in the past decade. There are definitely some perks when you go the freelance way. However it is not a rosy path all the way.
Reasons Why You Should Try Freelancing
If you are looking to freelance in the future, take a look at this article, we are going to discuss a few reasons why freelancing is the way to go.
1) Satisfy Your Creative soul
A lot of us, as individuals are talented and are born to be creative. If you are someone who has this strong desire to exhibit your skills in some form or the other, then freelancing might provide you with the flexibility to do so, that a normal desk job can’t ideally provide..
For example, a UI/UX designer who is working in a software company might come across a crazy new idea, but he won’t be able to try it out due to the confines of his job and the scope of his work. Not every company is supportive of new ideas as well.
In such a case, you will be able to try out your idea if you are freelancing as well. You will be able to add something to your design portfolio if it gets executed or maybe keep the idea for trying it out in the future in some other project. You can even try it out in competitions and publish it in design websites.
2) Added Income
I’ve seen a lot individuals who spend most of their life cribbing about the low pay at work. Without financial planning no amount of money is going to help you. But, If your job is really low paying and you need to make some extra money to move up the ladder, you can use your spare time to work on some freelance projects for side income
It’s a win-win situation for you as you get to keep your day job and it’s benefits of a constant paycheck, and you will be able to even find potential clients for your freelance work if you use your network wisely.
A lot of companies have started to prefer freelancers over full time in-house employees for creative jobs. You can make use of this and earn yourself some extra money in the process.
3) Open new options
Freelancing gets you prepared for a professional career, if you are starting out. It helps you to improve your existing skill set and learn new ones on the way. For those who are ready to work hard and are willing to learn new things, freelancing has tremendous potential.
It might be a little slow in the beginning when it comes to progress. As mentioned about it is not a rosy path all the way. It’s really difficult to convince someone initially to try something new and pay a freelancer for it, who hasn’t made a name for himself (or herself).
You can build your portfolio and boost it with tools like SEOquake to advertise yourself. With time, as you build your clientele and portfolio, you can become an expert in your field and once you reach the point, things will become a lot more easier.
4) Freedom of working from home
This desire to work from home is what drives a lot of people to freelancing. To begin with, there are a lot of benefits in working from home. You can save on transportation costs, food, other work-related expenses and a lot of time.
All that you will need to work from home would be a stable Wifi connection and a proper communication tool, either a phone or a video conference tool.
5) Flexible work schedule
If you have experience working in a traditional office, you might know how difficult it is to get days-off. It’s totally a different ball game for freelancers. If you have control over your project deadlines, it’s just a matter of not accepting any new assignment for a while to get a break from work.
You get to decide the pace of growth for yourself and determine when & where you want to tune in or tune out.
Self-discipline is crucial if you are trying to be a freelancer. You can always be more and more lenient with yourself, but proper time management and financial management can take you places with freelancing.
We hope the article was helpful to you, do drop in a comment about what you feel about freelancing in general. 🙂
Originally posted 2017-07-17 19:57:25.