After a long day at the office, you decide to stop by your local Barnes & Noble bookstore to pick up a copy of your favourite magazine. When you open it up to a story that you find fascinating, you look at the author’s name and see that in his biography it says that he is a professional freelance writer.
Looking at the selected photographs, drawings and diagrams quickly makes you realise that all of the artwork for the story was also done by freelance photographers and graphic designers. Returning home from the bookstore, you decide to start up your computer and log online to check out the news for the day that you might have missed.
Topping the list on your favourite tech news website is a brand new program that looks like it could be a lot of use to you. Visiting the software programmer’s website shows that he is also a freelancer – and seems to be doing rather well at his chosen trade.
Realising that so much is created by freelancers, you decide to dedicate the rest of your evening to researching the freelance databases to see if you have what it takes to join this growing world of self employed individuals. Before you begin your hunt to be a freelancer though, you need to know the benefits and the drawbacks of working for yourself on a per client basis.
A lot of people will tell you that setting foot outside of the office was the best thing they ever could have done while others will tell you that they could not wait for each of their freelance projects to be over because they simply could not stand the stress of their assignments.
In order to be a successful freelancer you really have to weigh all of the pros and cons and be absolutely sure that the career path is right for you. So, without further ado, here are some of the most common benefits and drawbacks you will face as a freelancer.
The moment you decide to become a freelancer, everyone you talk to will probably tell you how cool it is to be your own boss. You are in control of your work and nobody else (except for your clients) can tell you what to do. If you don’t want to work on Fridays – you don’t have to. Here are some other great benefits below I have found working as a freelancer