At one point or the other, everyone has thought of becoming a freelancer and naturally it seems scary. Let those thoughts sink for once. I have been a freelancer for the last two years and would want to share viable points and my perspective on becoming one.
- It lets me be creative: Some people just have that creative flair in them, and if you’re stuck in a 9-5, you might never actually realize your latent potential and talent. You might get new ideas but you might not have a platform to showcase your work. Freelancing provides you with that platform, you can always work on your new idea and put it in your portfolio, or you can simply sell it. There are tons of websites who wish to buy your artwork and provide you a commission when they generate income from it.
- It gives me a side income: Since I’m not a full time freelancer, it provides me with a side income, and if one devotes all of his time and sweat into freelancing, he can make loads of money.
Now we got to agree, no matter how much our current 9-5 is giving us, we always need more, and freelancing definitively helps us in earning a good sum.
Also, there are many companies that prefer freelancing instead of hiring full time people, they save on salaries, and you end up earning while working as per your convenience and comfort, thus, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.
- I get to decide my job timings: In freelancing, you don’t have a boss who orders you to be in office by 9, you get to decide when you want to work, are you creative at 3 AM? No problem. Freelancing also helps you take days off when you don’t feel like working, once you become a freelancer, filling an absence request form becomes history. You get to be your own boss! Who doesn’t want that?
- I can work from the Himalayas: Or any possible place in the world. My point is you can work from anywhere, and usually from your home. A fast internet connection, laptop and a good microphone should get you started.
Working from home also helps you save so much on transportation expenses, travel time and food expenses to list a few.
- No one discriminates: Your age, color, race, education, sex really doesn’t matter. As long as you can provide the client with good work, you’ll realize they don’t have personal preference and they don’t discriminate you on any grounds.
- No office politics: No one is gonna complain about you when you freelance, you’re your own boss and accountable for each and every action. Plus, office politics makes your life miserable, provided your peers are evil.
- You can skip work and take that vacation you want, whenever you feel like: Freelancers tend to take vacations as and when they like. Just finish your project, and don’t accept any new orders, and you’re good to go. And if by any chance you need to work, you just need to have your laptop and a stable internet connection, and you can convert Goa’s beach into your office.
- I get to work on a variety of projects: Freelancer have the freedom to work on a variety of jobs, jobs which interests them instead of tedious work, which people do to make ends meet. I usually work as a content writer and a graphic designer, and I love being both of them.
I’m not convincing you to give up on your job, but it’s always good to do a side hustle, it reduces the monotony in your life and with so many benefits, you should ask yourself, why not?
Also, we are doing a series on freelancing, so if you have questions popping in your mind, like, where to start from? Stay tuned, we are at your rescue.