Do you consider yourself a free spirit that can’t be tamed? In this case, how are you handling your 9-to-5 office job? Don’t get me wrong, the office job can be quite enjoyable for some people, but it can’t beat the benefits of freelancing. Just by conducting a simple search on the Internet, you will find out that in the next 5-10 years, almost 50% of the workforce will enjoy the advantages of being a freelancer. Whether it is your cup of tea or not, you will never know until you try! Many talented Developers, UI/UX designers, Agile practitioners, Digital Marketers have already opted for this option and stepped into the future of employment.
Now you’re probably wondering why millions of people choose to work independently? We’re here to help you answer this question…
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1. Practice. Grow. Repeat.
In the world where almost every day we’re here to witness new technologies and new opportunities arising in a blink of an eye, being ahead of new trends will help you stay competitive in today’s global marketplace. As a freelancer, you are exposed and have the opportunity to work with all kinds of clients with innovative ideas. Take any project as a new challenging and exciting experience! Continue to educate yourself! There is always an opportunity for a new experience when freelancing, therefore you always have something to learn and we’re here to help!
Compared with an office job, freelancers are not limited to executing predefined responsibilities. Have you passed a new online course? Or, maybe you have already had some experience in another field before joining the current project? Freelancing is the most convenient way to apply these skills. One of the biggest benefits of freelancing is that “what you can do” and “how well you can do it” are the most important factors. Never stop learning, polish and certify your skills, this way the most exciting gigs will always be yours! Not to mention, it allows you to improve your self-discipline seeing as no one is there to remind you about the tasks.
2. Claim Your Time
Whether you are a working parent, or a student enrolled in your postsecondary education program, it is in your interest to have flexible working hours that fit your schedule. It doesn’t mean having a more modest income or not being committed, it’s rather associated with working whenever you are available. For most freelancers, this formula encourages a solid work-life balance experience. You will enjoy knowing that clients care more about results and transparent communication, rather than knowing that you are sitting at your desk at a certain hour
3. Find Zen
Have you ever had trouble concentrating while working in your office? Does the sneezing of your co-worker give you cold shivers down your spine and disturb you to the extent that you can’t focus on your tasks? I’m just kidding, of course, but you get my point. Working in the comfort of your own home or a cozy coffee shop down the street can improve your productivity.
Maybe this is not you, maybe you are an unstoppable traveler who doesn’t like residing in one location for long periods of time. In this case, freelancing is still the right job for you. Wherever your life has taken you, it won’t stop you from working on your tasks on the go while getting paid.
If you’re a fan of flexibility, like me, strict office policies can add unnecessary pressure to your work schedule. One of the rules being that you have to be on-time to work. Freelancers don’t have to struggle with issues like this, why? Because they have the advantage of flexibility.
This is only one of the benefits of becoming a freelancer.
4. Make the Right Call
More benefits of freelancing include having the option to choose which projects you want to work on. When in the corporate environment, you are most likely imposed to take on certain clients regardless of your professional interest, as a freelancer, you are the one who weighs the pros and cons to take the final decision. So, basically, you are your own boss!
5. Have a Strong Hold on Your Job
Believe it or not, but a freelancing career is more secure than any 9-to-5 job. Any usual job means having one employer who is the main decision-maker in this situation. Well, freelancers have clients. However, if one of your clients stops paying bills, you can just move on to the other 10 opportunities on the market, or continue working on other gigs while waiting for an answer.
Unless you are faced with the misfortune of being fired by multiple clients simultaneously, you can feel secure when freelancing because your skills will constantly be in demand.