In recent months people have started looking at the idea of freelancing in a different way. Many former employees are seeing more pros than cons in the freelance life.
The Free in Freelancer
The “free” in “freelancer” doesn’t mean you won’t get paid, but it does mean that you have a lot more freedom in the way you work. Freelancers have the choice to do most anything they want with their business. As the boss they can determine hours worked, goals, location and pay in staying with their career choice. Working for an employer, you have so little choice in anything as opposed to choices in most everything as a freelancer.
As a freelancer, you can decide if you want to work at several side hustles or if you want to work full-time in a field that requires special training. A degree doesn't hurt anything, but you might find that you want to pursue a career that is more life skills-oriented than degree oriented.
It's key to have good customer/client service as a freelancer. It's easier to have a one-on-one relationship with your customers as a freelancer, and this can make for better customer service relations. Your customers will likely be more at ease and want to work with your company more often knowing that if there is a problem you will handle it quickly and professionally.
As a freelancer you can set the price for your services, though the market will play a large role as well. When working through a third party such as your employer or temporary service, you do the work but do not get all the profit. Working for yourself, you can determine what you are worth and price your services accordingly with the ability to be flexible in pricing when you want to be.
More Career Options
When you are the one making all the decisions, you can choose whatever career path you want. You won't have to depend on an employer to offer classes or other continuing education. You can choose a field you have been dreaming of without having to go through the often rigorous process of a job interview. However, the tradeoff is the need to market yourself.
If you decide to freelance, you have the option to turn your passion into a way to make a living. Your hobby could be something that people would want to pay you for, which would be a win-win situation. In other cases, a skill you have like transcription can be easily moved to a home office.
As the world changes in so many ways, working as a freelancer could prove to be the best option for you. Take a look at your life and what would be most fulfilling to you. Ask yourself if your talents and skills lend themselves to the freelance world. Then, take a look at your options to determine if the freelancing life is for you.
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