This Is Why You Should Freelance

You will never be unemployed
Many people are afraid of freelancing because they claim it doesn’t offer enough job security. Initially, this may be true. In the long run, freelancing can actually provide more job security than investing all of your time and energy into one full-time position. In a larger company, decisions are typically made from the top down by executives who are making these decisions while reviewing spreadsheets. To them, you may be nothing more than a number in a row or column.

You can work from anywhere
Instead of being confined to a desk or cubicle everyday until you retire, freelancing can give you the freedom to move about the country (thanks Southwest Airlines). If you have or develop the discipline needed, you can choose to make your office anywhere you want. Thanks to technology, the Internet, and more affordable travel, working remotely has never been easier. Depending on where your freelance clients are based, communicating and coordinating schedules can be a challenge.

You can earn extra income
Freelancing doesn’t necessarily have to be an all-or-nothing process. There is nothing wrong with making extra money on the side while working somewhere else. The most important thing to remember is to be self aware when choosing how to approach freelancing. Are you an extreme person who can’t fully invest in yourself with a safety net or do you need an easier transition into working for yourself? Another thing to consider when freelancing part time is offering competing services to company clients.

You can choose your clients and projects
Eventually. At the beginning of your freelance career, it may be necessary to take certain projects that are less than ideal in order to pay the bills and build your business. If you position yourself correctly and keep this in mind, you will eventually have the opportunity to be specific with the projects you take on and the clients you choose to work with. There is where autonomy will eventually take over and you’ll take clients based on value and their cause versus the size of their wallet.

You can collaborate with others
Freelancing does not necessarily mean working alone. With technology and easier access to the Internet, you have the ability to collaborate with others from all over the world. It can be nice having a second opinion for client work or even a partner on a personal project. The most important thing to remember when working with others is to look for collaborators who share your ideas and values but have the complementary skills you need.

You can see the direct impact of your work
One of the most fulfilling reasons to freelance is the opportunity to witness the value you’re directly providing for your clients and their customers. In larger company settings, you may never get to see the end result of your work and the impact it has on others. Whether you’re working with a small mom-and-pop shop or a Fortune 500 company, there is something inherently rewarding about seeing your hard work pay off in the real world.

William Frazier is a designer, writer, and founder who blogs about making ideas happen at The Imperfectionist. You can find him on Twitter.

I’m a designer and writer who enjoys making people smile.

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