15 benefits to working as a full time freelancer
This is the follow up article to "15 draw backs to working as a full time freelancer" article we published a while back. Special thanks go to all of my followers on twitter who helped with the great answers to both of these articles.
In the previous article, I covered 15 of the draw backs to working as a freelancer full time. I only felt that it would be right to share the negative side of it before telling you how great it actually is. I love freelancing and I wouldn't change my life for anything. Yes, I can take the negative's from freelancing and outweigh them with the good - and I do, on a regular basis. Things will get rough, but life is rough - work through it
So below are 15 great benefits to freelancing. Feel free to drop a comment and let me know any other benefits you don't see on the list - or the ones on the list you do agree with.
- No boss breathing down your neck - You're the boss - you make the rules, which generally leave you more relaxed and happy.
- Spend more time with family - During the summer, I can pack up and go to the water park at a moments notice. I love spending time with my family and with the freelance lifestyle, it's easier than ever before.
- Job security - If you lose your job, its (9 times out of 10) because you slacked off too much and/or did something stupid. The harder you work, the more you'll benefit.
- Creating your own hours - If you want to work late into the evening, or you enjoy getting up early in the morning, you can set your own hours, build your own schedule and fit work around your personal life - instead of the other way around.
- You learn more about personal finances - Being a freelancer will help you learn how to manage money and also keep up with your financial paperwork which is always a plus.
- No daily commute (and traffic jams) - Roll out of bed, put your slippers on and head to the computer. It's that simple
- Complete control over your rates - If you want to charge more, do it. If you feel you're making too little money per hour, change your hourly rate. No more begging for a raise.
- You can do the work you love - Are you passionate about drawing, but you're stuck in accounting? Leave that all behind with a full time freelance career.
- Wake up whenever you want - This is a great plus for me as well as a lot of early risers or late risers. There's no need for a buzzer to wake you up at 6am to get to work by 7am anymore. (thanks to StephenTiano for the twitter response)
- Unforseen emergencies are easier to deal with - As stated above in number 2, any time something pops up, you're able to leave and don't have to worry about taking a sick day, lose pay or jeapordize your position with your boss.
- Mobile workstations make work fun - Like the picture for this post, you can work anywhere there's internet connection (and if you're a writer, you don't even need that - just a pen and pad).
- No need to spend 4-8 years in college - I haven't even graduated high school, yet I know more about web design and development than most people I know who spent years in college classes. Plus, I got started early and didn't have to wait to graduate before I started working and learning the ins and outs of business.
- The ability to keep (or cut) clients - When working from a big office for a big corporation, you take the clients they give you. When working for yourself as a freelancer, you can cut any unruly clients or keep the ones you love and nurture those relationships.
- Noone is to blame for your stolen red stapler - Anyone who's seen Office Space will know that a stolen red stapler can be a big problem. Noone is around to steal yours though if you're a freelancer - except your kids or your cat/dog
- Working in your underwear is not a crime - It's no secret that working from home can give you a ton of added benefits - the biggest (in some peoples eyes) being that you don't have to wear pants - even if you're doing video chats or conversating on the phone.