You’ve probably heard of many people who quit their 9-to-5 job to become freelancers. Heck, I am one of those people! Since I’ve been a freelancer for almost seven years now and wouldn’t give it up for anything, I’ll sure enjoy telling you all about it. The benefits of being a freelancer are so numerous, it is no wonder why so many people join us every day.
However, despite those crazy ideas people share about the freelancing career, us freelancers don’t just lay around. We don’t write a word or two and earn a fortune for it. Freelancing offers us flexibility and freedom like no desk job ever could, but this does not make it easy or effortless. In fact, there are many troubles that all freelancers face.
When you finally develop the courage to quit your job and become a freelancer, there are plenty of things you must do to succeed. You must build your freelance portfolio, start pitching to clients and believe it or not – actually work for the money you’ll be earning. Starting off and keeping your work organized gets easier with time, but you still must be prepared for the challenge.
Even so, it is still the greatest choice I’ve made in my life, and here are the reasons why.
The Biggest Benefits of Being a Freelancer
I’ve found that my career choice has more advantages than I could have anticipated. Here are the four best benefits of being a freelancer:
1. Flexible Hours
This is my favorite part of being a freelancer. I’m not really a morning person. In fact, I’m not even a day person. I’m a night owl and no matter how much you judge me for it, now I can do it and still be successful.
As a freelancer, you set your own work hours. The goal is to be as organized as possible and never miss a deadline. How you arrange your schedule in the meantime is your job and your job only.
This is the biggest reason why I’d never change this job. If I want to sleep in, I can do this. If I need a few days off, no one can tell me I can’t take them. I can choose my own productive hours as long as I meet the deadlines I promised to meet.
2. Choosing Your Own Clients and Jobs
You can work for one client or for dozens of clients. This is nothing like working at the office. You don’t have one boss you have to listen to, or colleagues you can’t stand but have to work with. When you are a freelancer, you choose what you work and who you work for.
If you don’t like them, you stop working for them. Even better, you stop working WITH them, because basically – you are not working for anyone. So, if you can’t deal with a difficult client, all you have to do is pass on that opportunity and search for a new client.
As Vadim Dagman, a Toptal iOS developer says: “You can decline to extend contracts if you aren’t happy with the way work is going. You can work out of the quiet of your home, or you can live a nomadic lifestyle and travel while continuing to work.”
I, however, still suggest that you learn to deal with difficult clients the best way you can. If none of your tricks work, then it is time to stop that collaboration and move on. But, if you toss aside all the clients you don’t like from the start, you might end up struggling to find new ones.
After all, all clients are different. Some of them will be too picky, others will be flexible. And let’s not forget about those who don’t care about anything and will leave all the work to you (even theirs).
As a freelancer, you must stand your ground, but never let clients take advantage. That’s why this is an amazing career choice. If you don’t like a task, you don’t have to do it. If you don’t like a client, you can wish them all the best and move on.
3. Work from Anywhere
Any place with a good internet connection is perfectly fine for freelance work. I’ve worked at home, at a friend’s house, on the bus, in coffee shops, and basically in every place in between. Freelancing means that you can work on the road and earn money while you spend money on vacation. It is one of the greatest ways to earn money while traveling.
Do you like traveling? If you do, this is pretty much the greatest job you can choose and travel the world full-time!
Freelancers love the chance to work from anywhere so much, you’ll literally see them in coffee shops, restaurants, and even those coworking spaces.
Personally, I prefer working at home in my pajamas, or somewhere on a hammock on an amazing beach.
4. You’re Literally Your Own Boss
You don’t have to answer to anyone when you are a freelancer. One of the best benefits of being a freelancer is the fact that you no longer have to feel stressed over how your boss will react or what he will say. You are free to set your own hours and find your own tasks.
This, however, doesn’t mean that your boss should be pushy and soft. You have all the control since you are your own boss, but if you don’t push yourself to work, you won’t succeed as a freelancer.
That being said, I recommend that you learn how to fight off the writer’s block, use motivational tricks such as a perfect writing spot and a nice reward after a job well done. After all, there isn’t anyone else to pamper you, is there?
It goes without saying that you need to be the best you can be if you want to enjoy these benefits. According to an article and a useful infographic by Toptal, there are four disciplines of a top freelancer:
- Passionate flexibility
- Assertive communication and timeliness
- Self-evaluation and continuous learning
- Mastery of productivity
Choosing to be a freelancer can be life-changing. It has made me a better individual, an organized boss, and a successful person. If you put your efforts into being great at freelancing, it will be the most rewarding career you can ever find.
The life of a freelancer is beautiful, highly rewarding, and definitely worth living.