True, most people dislike the idea of freelancing because, aside from the numerous misconceptions that exist, it appears to be an unreliable work. Consider this: you're surviving pay check to pay check and client to client.
However, it's easy to see why most people are afraid of this. After all, freelancing began as a way to supplement one's income, and the goal was to find projects when you needed them, not necessarily on a regular basis. However, with the influx of millennials into the workforce, it has become a viable alternative to traditional 9-to-5 jobs. Furthermore, as a result of the traction it has gained in recent years, businesses of all sizes – including enterprises – are reorienting their hiring practices to include freelancers as well as full-time employees.
Now, we're not saying that office jobs will be obsolete in a certain amount of time; rather, we're suggesting that you consider going freelance at some point, particularly if you're looking for flexibility, variety, and work-life balance. Because we dislike making claims without supporting evidence, here are five advantages of freelancing.
1. Flexibility is the most important factor to consider when going solo.
Leaving aside all the stereotypes about how millennials do this, do that, and "kill" industries, one of the top desires of future generations is flexibility. Flexibility is one of the primary benefits of freelancing, whether it's the ability to choose when to start working or how much you can do in a single day. Apart from that, freelancing allows you to work from anywhere – your home, a café, another city, or even another country – as long as you have a reliable internet connection.
2. Variety will keep you going.
One of the most appealing aspects of freelancing is the ability to dip your toes into a sea of opportunities. Typically, freelancers work on a wide range of projects in a variety of industries. Working with only one person isn't unheard of, but it's usually a matter of choice (and of income).
As a result, going freelance will allow you to develop, broaden your horizons, and gain a wealth of experience and a strong portfolio. This way, you'll be a jack of all trades in your own field (but better than a master of none).
3. You get to pick who you want to work with.
Let's be honest: choosing which project to work on is not one of the perks of getting a full-time job, even though you have the opportunity to work on many. You might end up stuck with a project that goes against your ethical and moral objections, or you might get stuck in a routine in this way. Even worse, if your business offers services to other customers, you might end up with one who is either overly demanding or violent. One of the advantages of freelancing, on the other hand, is that you get to choose who you work with. You should always refuse if a client presents you with a project proposal that doesn't suit you or his behavior isn't to your liking. If this is the case, you must have a backup plan. Which, in most cases, freelancers have – allowing us to discuss yet another benefit.
4. Recognizing the importance of financial security.
The prospect of moving from project to project without knowing whether or not the income will be sufficient to pay the bills is terrifying. However, history has shown that getting a full-time job does not guarantee you will have the financial security you want. Working as a freelancer makes you realize that not all of the gigs you have are guaranteed. Projects can be cut short for a variety of reasons, including budget, style, and the client-provider relationship, among others. As a result, you'll always be prepared with a Plan B, C, or Z and won't leave anything to chance.
5. There are some cost-cutting measures in place.
This isn't the most important benefit of freelancing, but it's worth mentioning: working on your own can help you save money. For example, if you choose to work from home, you can save money on gas and other forms of transportation. Furthermore, because you can arrange your work as you please and squeak in some time to cook, you may be able to save money on groceries. Working from a different location, such as a co-working space or a café, may increase the costs. However, as a freelancer, you can still choose a location that is closer to your home.
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