Ah, the world of freelance. Waking up when you want to, having unlimited days off – what could be better? In fact, to some people, the term “freelance” is the equivalent to “unemployed” because of this (incorrect) view of the freelance world.
As soon as people begin to explore what the life of a freelance worker really looks like, it’s not all rainbows and vacations. Instead, there is a lot of hard work, and sometimes fear, that goes into developing a solid freelance career that can eventually earn you the paycheck you desire, even while you sleep. But the benefits are still enough to drive thousands of people to choose this career path each day.
So how do you know if the world of freelance is right for you?
Here are a few pros and cons to help you can make the best decision for you personally.
- More flexibility – For people who work best in the early mornings, or late evenings, having flexibility on when you complete your tasks can be beneficial not only for you, but also for your clients. They will get you at your peak performance, while you will have the flexibility to work when you want and how you want.
- Save money on gas – Gas is expensive. Eliminating the daily commute can help you save quite a bit of money every month.
- Help the environment – By eliminating the daily commute, you also help the environment. With fewer cars on the road, air quality increases and traffic lightens.
- Be closer to your family – For working parents or homes that have one family member who works odd shifts, freelance work can allow families to stay closer together and have more valuable time together.
- Technology makes it easier – Technology has advanced rapidly to make freelance work and telecommuting easier. Now, programs such asSkype, Dropbox, and more can give you the ability to communicate effectively with clients and stay organized in your office.
- It can be hard to focus – With so many distractions nearby it can be easy for some people to be distracted by the television or other household work that needs to get done.
- It can be hard to turn off from work – The flipside of this is that it can also be difficult to separate work from home life. When both are so intertwined turning off the computer for the day is sometimes a challenge.
- Some people miss interaction – This con is quickly solved by finding clients close so there can be some face to face time, or by forcing yourself to do things outside of the home such as joining a gym, volunteering for a charity event, or taking a night class to hone a skill.
Ultimately it is up to you to determine what makes you the happiest and which environment will ultimately allow you to excel.
What other pros and cons have you found from freelancing or telecommuting?