Being a freelancer sounds great. But being your own boss isn't always as great as you'd imagine.
Are you considering ditching your full-time job to take on the life of a freelancer? Freelancing has worked out for many, but before you swap your suit and tie for pyjamas and slippers, we’ve weighed in on the benefits and drawbacks of freelancing.
Freelancers can choose to work at any time of the day
Freelancers don’t have the added stress of waking up at the crack of dawn to miss the morning traffic or having to missing out on breakfast to ensure the kids get to school on time.
Because they’re their own boss, they can work whenever they choose. As long as they get around to doing their work, freelancers have more flexibility when it comes to their schedule.
But distractions can get in the way of getting any work done
From laundry baskets that need emptying to neighbours, family and friends popping in at random hours for chats, distractions are generally inevitable, but more so for freelancers.
Although they don’t have to worry about anyone looking over their shoulder, it’s up to freelancers to ensure that they manage their time efficiently so they don’t fall behind.
Freelancers can choose to work on any project
Freelancers don’t have to worry about working on the same repetitive projects, time and time again. As they find their own clients, freelancers have the option of working on a variety of projects for different clients.
Plus, if they find that a project isn't interesting or a client is rubbing them the wrong way, freelancers can easily fire bad clients. Why waste your time trying to please a client when you're annoyed?
But clients can be few and far between
In times of client scarcity, freelancers can go on for weeks without any work, which can be quite frustrating and stressful, if not scary. This can sometimes mean accepting petty jobs just to get them through the month. Which brings us to the fifth point.
Freelancers can rack in the huge amounts of money
With the right attitude, freelancers have the potential to make more money. Because they’re not limited by a company, they can take on as many clients or projects as they please. And with a steady stream of good clients and quality work comes money in the bank.
Or make little to no money at all
Following on from the fourth point, little or no clients often means inconsistent income. If freelancers experience difficulty finding quality clients, they can make less money than if they were working for a company. The same goes if they’re lazy.
So is freelancing for you?
If you’re considering freelancing and are willing to take matters into your own hands, go for it. If not, Careers24 has thousands of jobs for you to choose from.