I love this post. I freelance for a number of those reasons, primarily because it allows me to be more creative and have a more flexible schedule. I love being able to work from home as well.
Why We Keep on Freelancing Despite All Warnings
Posted May 23, 2012 in Inspiration
The number of freelancers is growing rapidly despite the fact that many articles and blogs (including Freelance Folder) warn would-be freelancers of the potential pitfalls of freelancing.
I still do think it’s a good idea to warn folks about possible freelancing drawbacks. It’s no secret that some people just aren’t cut out for freelancing.
However, there are also many compelling reasons why freelancing is becoming more and more popular. With all the negativity, it’s important not to lose sight of those reasons.
In this post, I’ll share six of the reasons why we keep on freelancing despite all the warnings. At the end of the post, you can share some of your own thoughts about why freelancing is growing in popularity.
Reason 1: We Can Be More Creative
For the most part, we freelancers are creative folks. You’ll find all kinds of talent in the freelancing world. Just a few of the many creative professions that lend themselves to freelancing include:
- Web Design
- Web Development
Of course, there are many other types of creative freelancers as well. Freelancing lets creative folks express their creativity in a way that most workplaces do not.
As a freelancer, you can choose to work on the most challenging and rewarding projects–projects that might have never been assigned to you in a traditional work environment.
Plus, as a freelancer, you can express your creativity through personal projects. You can create your own products. Even your freelancing blog provides an avenue for creative expression.
There’s no doubt that freelancing attracts workers who want to be creative.
Reason 2: Freelancing Is More Flexible
Many workers have trouble fitting in to the traditional eight-to-five mold. If your peak performance time is late at night or early in the morning, you may be uncomfortable in a conventional workplace.
Sure, you might be able to drag yourself out of bed at 7:00 a.m. for a traditional employer–but if you don’t really wake up until noon what is the point of that? You won’t really be at your best.
As a freelancer, you can set your own hours. If you work best late at night, then that’s when you’ll do your work. Likewise, if your peak performance time comes at the crack of dawn there’s nothing to stop you from working then.
The ability to accommodate a differing biological clock is a huge draw to freelancing.
Reason 3: It Gives Us a Shot at Work/Life Balance
Many workers feel torn between their work life and their home life. The stress and tension of trying to meet the needs at home and at work with the same 24 hours in a day can be severe.
Add in a lengthy daily commute, and the tension between work and home can seem almost unbearable.
Freelancing can provide a healthier balance for many. You can adjust your workload according to your personal needs.
If your personal life is hectic, you can take less work. If your personal life is calm or you need more cash, you can accept more work.
Freelancing is an especially friendly work option to those who are caretakers for the chronically ill or for young children.
Reason 4: We Are in Control as Freelancers
Many freelancers feel more comfortable working for themselves because they are in the driver seat. They make all the decisions concerning their freelancing business.
At a traditional job, you must answer to a boss. As a freelancer, you answer to a client. But, a big difference is that you can choose your clients as a freelancers. Employees can’t choose their bosses.
Being in charge results in a pride of ownership that you don’t find with most other jobs.
Reason 5: Freelancing Provides Higher Earnings
Many people are drawn to freelancing because it offers a higher earning potential than traditional employment. This is particularly true for:
- Part-time freelancers–In fact, many part-time freelancers enjoy a full-time income. Most other part-time jobs offer relatively low pay.
- Entry-level professionals–Entry-level professionals can also earn more than their counterparts in traditional employment. Plus, in today’s economy recent graduates could wait months to find the right position.
In the end, how much you earn as a freelancer depends on how well you market your skills and how hard you work.
Reason 6: Freelancing Has Come a Long Way
Freelancing today is different from freelancing a decade ago. Here’s a list of technological advances over the past ten years and an explanation of how each one benefits the freelancer:
- Social Media–Provides a low cost means of marketing as well as a way to connect with prospective clients.
- WordPress & Blogger–Allows even the smallest business to create and develop a website for a minimal cost.
- Mobile Devices–iPads, iPhones, Laptops, and WiFi all give the freelancer the freedom to work anywhere.
- PayPal and other online e-commerce tools–Simplifies and speeds up billing transactions.
- VoIP and Skype–Using these tools and others like them freelancers can talk to anyone anywhere any time.
Looking back, it’s hard to imagine doing without these convenient tools. Freelancing today is easier than ever before.
Why do you keep on freelancing? Is it one of the reasons above, or some other reason? Why do you think freelancing is becoming more popular?
Share your answers in the comments.
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May 23rd, 2012 at 12:51 pm
May 23rd, 2012 at 1:01 pm
Richard Moldovanyi–Thanks for sharing your reason! :) I think the opportunity to be creative draws a lot of us to freelancing.
May 24th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Number 3, number 3, number 3. I just cannot understand or imagine being sat in a certain box and made to produce only during certain hours. I’m writing you this at 1am. I just finished about 2500 words for a client. I am happy to wake up at 10am tomorrow. I am happy to leave my office to have lunch with my kiddo. I am happy to not work all week, and then work through the weekend if that fits my family. Basically,because I am happy.
May 24th, 2012 at 3:56 am
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May 24th, 2012 at 4:44 am
when i started freelancing, every day i woke up to the feeling that this is something i am born to do…i guess this keeps motivated everyday and of course the other reason is that i can work when my creative juices are at peak…
May 24th, 2012 at 8:34 am
Allena and Ameet, Great testimonials for freelancing!
May 24th, 2012 at 8:42 am
When I was on salary, I had 4 weeks vacation, 10 holidays, summer hours, and all sorts of special events like holiday parties, etc. My 9 to 5 job felt like part-time. So, I’m not sure I am making more because I am working so much harder. With that said, I love freelancing because I choose my work rather than it being assigned. I have to compete with other freelancers to get a job, but I enjoy bidding for work around the world.
May 24th, 2012 at 4:15 pm
These are very good reasons, especially 2 and 4. Being in control and enjoying the flexibility is one of the benefits being your own boss you get to enjoy. That way you are able to plan your own productive timeline as well as cater time to other activities. Being a small business with a few of us, we tend to run around in and out of the office quite flexibility and we’re glad there’s no one above to start making noise ;)
May 24th, 2012 at 10:17 pm
It’s good to see there are still freelancers who are excited about freelancing.
BilalMay 29th, 2012 at 2:39 pm
Agree, Agree, Agree
May 29th, 2012 at 11:59 pm
What I’d like to know is who came up with 9 to 5 as the ideal work hours in the first place! One size fits all on such a massive aspect of your life? No thanks! My own reason is that freelancing can go as big as I take it. In a ‘role’ I feel I’m being kept small. And that’s just not how I roll!
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