February 17 2023
Pros and cons of working as a freelancer
A freelancer is someone who, rather than work full time for one employer, chooses individual contracts. More and more creative and IT workers choose this form of making money. What are its pros and cons?
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Who will enjoy themselves as a freelancer?
If you dream about being independent, working on your own terms and individual choice of jobs, then freelancing is right down your alley. Disciplined and hardworking people who can work remotely will feel at home here. It is a good idea to take all the pros and cons into consideration, and based on that, make the decision best suited to you.
The pros of working as a freelancer
Flexibility in choosing clients
The characteristic trait of freelance work is the fact that you can choose and pick clients to match your preferences. If you are interested in a particular area, or you only want to work for smaller brands, it’s no problem. Your job won’t get boring, as the variety of tasks lets you take a breath after tackling a particular topic. It’s a good choice for those who like change.
Work tailored to your needs
If you are a social media specialist or a software developer, then you can work from anywhere around the world no problem. Are you a photographer? Or perhaps you make TikTok videos? Nothing prevents you from moving to the other part of Poland, or to do your business locally. Such freedom is a big advantage of choosing this professional path.
Building your personal brand
Working under your own name and quick development of an interesting portfolio can be huge advantages. You can promote your achievements in social media, build the contact network and get more and better jobs. The recognizable and valued name in your industry means higher chance of landing an interesting and big project.
The cons of working as a freelancer
It is true that you can make much more freelancing than if you were employed somewhere full-time. Alas, the earnings are never certain. One month you can have a multitude of jobs, another may be rather lean. It is worth taking into consideration. Secure a financial cushion and plan your expenses carefully. Especially if your industry is a seasonal one.
Lack of stability
The lack of stability is connected with the earnings, but there is more to it. When you work full time for a particular company, you know your boss, your coworkers and the project. With freelance work it all changes rapidly. Each job means a different employer, team, culture. Consider if such constant change of environment and meeting new people all the time are for you.
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Too wide range of topics
Yet another advantage, which may quickly become a drawback. While working with various projects you gain experience in interesting industries. With time it may become tiring. It’s hard to know everything about everything. That’s why it’s a good idea to have your development path planned from the very beginning.
As you can see, it’s rather hard to unambiguously determine if freelance work is the best out of all the available options. It all depends on individual preferences and predispositions. For some it’s a dream come true, for others an exhausting nightmare. Take a good look at your strengths and weaknesses. But also keep in mind that you can always go back to full-time employment!
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