There are really so many perks of being a freelancer; as most practitioners proudly claim—own your time, be your own boss, freedom to be when and where you want to work.
True that doing freelance has a lot of advantages especially in managing time but it takes beyond time to keep up. Before taking the leap into freelancing (a lot are considering it now with the turn of the new year and the option to shift a career), I would always recommend friends and colleagues to study the pros and cons on top of their evaluation of their emotional and financial status. Our own attitude plays a huge part in the process; connection with people who can help is also very useful especially on the first year (my first consulting job was from my fulltime employer). Someone has to be there to support you, give you an opportunity to handle projects while you are still building a portfolio. It is a must to bank on discipline, patience, and perseverance; delivering quality work given the deadline.
Hubby is also a freelancer and we have made a random list which others can surely relate across industries. Get ready to live these realities once you jump into the freelance world:
- Get accustomed to working even on vacations.
- Do a Monday night gimmick as you wish!
- Learn to market yourself beyond the beauty of your CV.
- You will miss the excitement of going to ATMs on the 15th and 30th plus the thrill of holiday bonuses.
- Good thing, you won’t be affected by “petsa de peligro” (days closer to salary and pockets of employees are almost empty).
- Seeing all your billings become a nightmare when there is no work in the pipeline.
- There are months you will be overloaded to the point of refusing a job (so as not to compromise quality) while there are also off-peak days when you just stare at your computer screen and no work is popping.
- Some clients are way too unreasonable, admit it. Now, you have the option to refuse working with dementor-like-clients.
- At several scenarios, getting your cheque on time is but a dream and sweet promises of the accounting department is the last hope.
- You will get a full-time offer that is so tempting you will have second thoughts if you are doing the right thing.
Do an honest analysis of where you want to be in terms of your career and finances along with your personal goals; the realization will help you stay as freelance or go back to corporate world, your choice. Stick to where you are most happy and productive.
As the year ends and new plans will prosper for us all in terms of personal and career growth, let me thank you for staying with me through 2017 and looking forward to more of our adventures together this 2018!