Let’s begin by looking into who a freelancer is and understanding what they do.
Often, you must have the phrase “I am a freelancer” when people are asked what they do for a living. You must have heard of this from a friend, colleague or a family member. You must have listened to the story of a loved one who quit their job to become a freelancer.
However, what exactly do freelancers do to earn their income? If you are also curious about this, here is detailed information about freelancing and its advantages.
Like every other profession that you can think of, freelancing is also a profession. However, it is a contract-based profession for a particular time frame. In freelancing, you are not being recruited into any organisation, but you work with your skills to provide services to various clients from wherever you are. Aside from skills, you could also use your experience to provide the needed service. The jobs involved in freelancing are often referred to as gigs. As a freelancer, you could work on numerous tasks, depending on your skills, speed and ability to do well.
As a freelancer, you are self-employed, and no one will stop you from providing your service to multiple clients. What is more important is how well you can offer a perfect job for your various clients to avoid harmful or negative reviews. To work as a freelancer, you can leverage Fiverr, Upwork or other third-party platforms.
Some people are often confused about becoming freelancers or keeping their 9-5 jobs. Freelancing is a profession that people admire with passion. If you are looking for reasons to become a freelancer, you can consider sticking to this content till the end of it.
Here are the advantages of becoming a freelancer.
It is flexible
As a freelancer, you have complete freedom. This includes freedom from clients and workload, and you can choose how many clients you want to work with at a particular time. You can also decide the workload to accept. The decision of what to do and when to do it belongs to you. Freelancing has become more popular than you can imagine because people like being free to do what they want. One of the reasons freelancing has become more popular is because there is more freedom when you work for yourself than working for other people. You get to choose your work hours, and those hours can be your convenient and most productive time of the day.
It gives you time to improve your skill set
Freelancers can work on different projects; this gives them the ability to broaden their skills. For every new project, there is always something new to learn. In addition, it gives you the time to leave your comfort zone and work on things you are passionate about. There are things you must have dreamt of doing; freelancing gives you space to do those things. You are your own boss, and you can have a side hustle alongside freelancing. What’s important is how well you can manage your time to deliver your task at the right time. With 9-5 jobs, it is difficult to have a side hustle because you have to answer your boss each time he calls. Freelancing is a lifestyle that allows you to get more skills needed to manage more complex tasks.
Multiple income streams
This is a plus benefit to those working as a freelancer. Those freelancing earn till they want to take a break. There is no limit to your own earning ability as a freelancer. For instance, if you have two or more skills, you can take a project in each skill and work on them simultaneously. There is no one to decide for you on the number of projects to handle. What is essential is your ability to meet up with the agreed delivery period.
You don’t have to deal with difficult colleagues
In an organisation, some colleagues and bosses are challenging to deal with. However, as a freelancer, you don’t have to deal with difficult clients. Because before you begin work on any project, you will state your terms and conditions, and your client will agree with you. In addition, you can also set healthy boundaries for yourself. You can avoid rude clients. Unlike in an organisation, you have to tolerate everyone whether you are comfortable with them or not. For instance, if you are an employee in a particular company, you don’t have any power to tell your boss that you don’t want to work with your colleagues. Being a freelancer doesn’t mean you won’t come across any horrible clients, but you can reject them right away.
You keep all the profits
If you are an employee working for a particular company, you get paid monthly for your hard work and effort. However, the amount you are paid is never enough to justify how hard you worked. Freelancers who get high paying projects or gigs don’t have to earn a meagre salary. Therefore, you get paid for an amount equal to your effort. Take a moment and think of how much freelancers make when they land a high paying gig, and it is more exciting because all the profits belong to them.
Freelancers don’t have to attend meetings upon meetings. From their home comfort, they can always have a virtual meeting with clients and reach an agreement. Unlike when you work with an organisation, no one monitors when you report to work and when you check out. Indeed, working as a freelancer is fun, and it is worth giving a try. If you want to work as little as you can at your will, you can choose to become a freelancer and work remotely.
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