Freelancing is something that millions of people do each year. OK, so we know it’s not a “guaranteed” source of income. However, freelancers often earn more money working for themselves than direct for one company.
You’d think today’s economic problems would deter people from going down the freelance route. But, it seems that it spurs them on to get out of their comfort zones. And to excel at what they do best without limitations!
Are you in full-time employment at the moment? If so, you might be wondering whether you should quit your job and work for yourself. Now is as good a time as ever to make the move. And it’s a good way to further your career. Here’s why:
You can work from home
One of the biggest selling points about becoming a freelancer is that you can work from home! Your “office” is only a few feet away from where you sleep, so you’ll never be late for work! On a serious note, working from home gives you a lot of flexibility that office work cannot.
For instance, let’s say that you have children to look after. You’ll be able to fit in your work around your childminding duties.
And, for older kids, you’ll be able to take them to school and pick them up again in the afternoon. When you work for a company direct, you seldom have such flexibility. And that usually means you have to entrust the care of your children with other people.
You can unleash your inner entrepreneur
Being a freelancer means that you have to find ways to generate income. When you work for someone else, you don’t have to think about such things. But, as a freelancer, you can determine the best sources for work and take advantage of them.
You can also learn how to be creative with your revenue streams. For instance, let me give you an example of something I read on https://twitter.com/issaasad. I learnt that it’s possible to combine otherwise unrelated income sources to offer a unique service!
You can learn how to stay “on trend”
When we talk about being “on trend”, we often refer to things like fashion or style. But, it can also refer to business trends too. As a freelancer, you are effectively running a business. You need to offer a unique take on what your competitors provide. That way, your target audience will always buy from you rather than going elsewhere.
Take the web design sector as an example. Today’s modern websites are “responsive” – i.e. they adapt to different screen sizes. If you’re a web designer, it’s in your interests to create responsive sites. That’s because your customers want sites that work on desktop and mobile platforms without issue.
As you work from home, you can take the time to research what trends affect your industry. And how you can best take advantage of them.
So, when are you quitting your day job and becoming a freelancer? Trust me; it’ll be the best career move you’ll ever make!