Freelance: pros and cons
The modern labor market offers job seekers a variety of job options and conditions on which to carry out their professional activities. Not so long ago, the word “freelance” appeared in our vocabulary, and it means work outside the state of any company. A freelancer can participate in several projects at the same time or work for several companies without being a full-time employee of any of them.
For some people, the opportunity to work freelance is just a fairy tale: there is no early rise at 7 in the morning to be in the office before the start of the day; no annoying bosses constantly monitoring the progress of your work; there is no need to travel on the subway during rush hour or stand in traffic for hours – because you work from home. At first glance, freelancing only has advantages. But this is only at first glance. In fact, freelancing has both advantages and disadvantages, and not everyone can be a freelancer. First of all, you need to take into account the specifics of the activity. Freelancers are most often people of creative professions – designers, illustrators, photographers, etc., freelancing is also common in the field of IT technology, journalism, philology (translation of texts and books), marketing, engineering and others.
Freelancers themselves look for clients (most often via the Internet) and do certain work for them, for which they receive money. If you believe the statistics, then people working in freelance have an income of 1.5-2 times more than specialists in similar professions, but working in an office for a specific company. But is freelancing as attractive as it seems? Is it worth saying goodbye to the office and embarking on a “free float”? To understand this, you need to carefully weigh the pros and cons of a freelance lifestyle and work.
The benefits of freelancing can be seen from both the employee’s perspective and the employer’s perspective. First, let’s see what benefits a person gets, who decides not to work “for an uncle” and become a freelancer:
Perhaps the most important advantage is the availability of a free work schedule. A freelancer receives a task and a deadline for its completion (and sometimes he sets the deadline himself), but he decides on his own what hours to work. Some people find it more convenient to sleep until lunchtime and work until the middle of the night – a freelancer can afford it. However, the widespread belief that a freelancer has a lot of free time is a misconception. In fact, a freelancer works as much as an office worker, and sometimes even more.
Freelancers are looking for customers themselves and can choose projects that they will be interested in doing. This is a definite plus, since a freelancer has the opportunity to do work not only for the sake of earning money, but also for pleasure. An office worker, on the other hand, can rarely afford to refuse a task that has been entrusted to him by his superiors. And a freelancer will never be forced to do what he does not want.
Each freelancer has a certain price for their work. And it is the freelancer who says for what remuneration he will agree to do this or that work. The employer only accepts or does not accept these conditions.
Freelancer is a financially independent professional. He receives exactly as much money for each completed project as he actually earned. No more, no less. He cannot be deprived of part of his salary or fined for any violation, as is often the case in enterprises (for example, for systematic delays, incorrect behavior or other oversights). A freelancer always knows what he received his salary for, and knows that this amount at the moment corresponds to his abilities and skills, as he himself named it.
A freelancer has access to an unlimited number of leads. The Internet opens up tremendous opportunities for finding customers almost all over the world.
A freelancer can combine several professions at once. If you are great at software, but at the same time paint amazing oil paintings, why not be a programmer and artist at the same time?
When you work over the Internet (that is, you communicate with customers, receive orders and give back the completed work – and all this happens online), you can afford to work from anywhere in the world. What should you take a ticket to, say, Thailand, and live there for a couple of months, while not disrupting your workflow? This is a great opportunity to change the environment “on the job.”
A freelancer cannot be fired. A freelancer will never hear these unpleasant words: “You are fired!”, Which often inflict a psychological blow on people and drive them into a state of depression.
There are benefits to employers of hiring freelancers to do a job. Namely:
All freelancers, as a rule, are professionals in their field. Many of them have already worked in organizations for a long time and have significant experience and skills.