Before writing down the title of the next post, any blogger is probably asking himself: “which are the pieces of information that will attract the readers?” or “what is original and attractive in this post?”. Regarding this article, I have a sad and at the same time interesting answer: I can’t offer almost anything interesting for a certain category of people, but implicitly this could be a good affair for others. What am I referring to?
This post is written especially for people who don’t have any idea about freelancing; it is very useful for them but it could be annoying for the ones who enjoy this “job” already. I am 100% sure that the world is built on the laws of Murphy and someone who needs this article will find it through searching a lot and someone else who isn’t interested in it will be bored by it eventually. Anyway, I believe it is great to have posted on many websites with good traffic an article about freelancing.
But what is freelancing? This activity supposes that someone who is very specialized in a domain decides that is better for him/her to work independently, without being hired by a company. It sounds the perfect job but definitely it isn’t how it seems to be. Much more, working from home…it sounds a little crazy, doesn’t it?
Freelancing is regarded by some people as a loss of time or a passion (this is the happiest case) and very few consider it being a job, similar to a doctor, engineer, fireman etc. Personally I consider it the job of the future. But by being a freelancer it is a must to be convinced that it is more than a hobby, it is a good source of your income and give up any skeptical opinion of your friends. I am not a very experienced freelancer so the moments when my friends told me that I should be more serious are fresh in my memory!
Another solid argument that freelancing is more than a passion is the amount of money transacted on job boards (websites where freelancers can find employers) –these are concluding enough.
In these circumstances we build a brief idea about freelancing, but which are the advantages and, of course, the disadvantages.
1.Work from home
To be freelancer is equivalent to having no chief and it is truly amazing. The irritation of a not very clever boss and his deadline are disappearing and you are your own boss…a dream come true.
2.Work when you want
Another great advantage is the possibility of working on your own schedule; some people are more productive in the morning, others late in the night, but working for a company means that anyone should respect a clear agenda which can’t take into account the wishes of the employed. Being a freelancer means that you work when you want; probably when you have a superior power will and the rest of the time could be dedicated to family or to other pleasant activities.
3.Work for who and what projects you want
It can for instance happen that a project you have to do can be both stressful and simply dislikable. All time spend on finishing the respective work was a real hell. Embracing the career of freelancing gives you the power to select the clients or even the task you should solve.
Fortunately, there are many other advantages but I believe it’s recommended to know the disadvantages better; once you know all of them a more objective opinion can be established.
1.The lack of clients
The success of a freelancer is in a direct relationship with the number and the importance of the projects ; if you have 0 projects and clients are simply not there, you have 0$ in your account. This situation can’t happen if your services are high quality and the previous clients gave good testimonials about you. Usually this is a problem most frequently stumbled on at the beginners of this profession, but all freelancers are facing moments when they lack clients.
2.A freelancer isn’t only a specialist; he/she is an economist, accountant, promoter and more
Working in company is simple, you should focus only on your job and that is all. Being a freelancer you should be able to do other tasks on top, some of them having no connection with your field of activity. Freelancing means that you should pay some taxes, but it is also highly recommended to keep always an eye on your balance sheet, else the financial problems will be o certitude, until these appear it is only a matter of time. From my own experience and reading from other important freelancers’ opinions it is happening that sometimes the money coming from clients represent a very good income but there are periods of time when no money is transacted to your account.
3.Not all the clients are well paying
Let’s suppose that a freelancer has projects and clients in work; unfortunately this doesn’t mean that money is coming to you. The clients aren’t well intended in most of cases and every time they believe that they are paying too much; surely there are a lot of good clients that understand and appreciate the work. Any experienced freelancer has a strategy of getting paid; most of them require a percentage of the payment upfront so if you are beginner pay great attention to it.
4.There will come a moment when you will love your ex-boss
Usually being freelancer requires a large palette of qualities like: discipline, work power, capacity of endeavor, communication skills, talent and even diplomacy. This amalgam of qualities can transform the program of work into a real hell with no breaks and many deadlines so you will understand or appreciate your ex superiors and all these because you are your own boss and surely, you are more exigent.
You are the one who can decide if freelancing is for you or not. To be free is amazing, but at the same time any freelancer in order to obtain money should work hard.