5 Beliefs About the Freelance and the Bitter Truth About it

    KateGreer

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    The world is rushing to freelance. According to Statista, in the nearest 10 years, the number of freelancers in the US will increase from 57 to 90 million people. That is almost half of the general labor force of the United States. The number of freelancers in the EU increases of almost a quarter in just seven years.

     

    Freelance is popular among technical writers, journalists, marketing specialists, illustrators, tutors, translators, and many others. Companies are open for working with freelancers, and more young professionals see a freelance career as their future. But is the freelance as good as it seems?

     

    So, what do office workers expect from freelance?

     

    Expectation 1. Freelance provides more free time

    Truth. Freelancers schedule themselves, so it helps to keep work and life balance. You can schedule the vacations any time, plus save time in commuting.

    Bitter truth. The flexible schedule gives a false feeling of free time. Planning the working hours on your own requires even more self-discipline in two ways:

    a) Start working. Be honest with yourself about being motivated enough to become your own boss. 

    b) Stop working. Rest is an investment in your productivity. Freelancers must learn how to turn the work off and clean out your thoughts.

     

    Expectation 2. Freelancers are paid higher 

    Truth. Freelancer’s hourly rate is higher in a compartment with office workers.

    Bitter truth. Freelancers are paid higher than the office staff for the same amount of hours. The downside is the lack of constant work and an unpredictable income. Freelancers pay for the necessary equipment and all the repairs expenses themselves. 

     

    Expectation 3. Freelancers can combine work with travel

    Truth. Freelancers can work from any point in the world.

    Bitter truth. It is about finding a balance between job and free time. On one hand, you must work more to provide the traveling. On the other hand, If you are working 8–10 hours per day you have no time to see a lot in a foreign country. 

     

    Expectation 4. Freelance provides freedom to choose the project.

    Truth. Freelancers can choose exciting challenges and turn unattractive projects down.

    Bitter truth. Young freelancers may face the necessity to cope with uninteresting projects to cover living expenses. Also, there is a part of work that has to be done despite you like it or not. It is promoting yourself, client support, legal issues, billing. Plus additional education for keeping your skills up to date.

     

    Expectation 5. Become your own boss.

    Truth. No outer control, no office hierarchy, and you can turn down a client you do not want to handle.

    Bitter truth. Freelancers have a range of bosses - their clients. Dealing with several projects at the same time means that you have to manage a number of bosses instead of one. Yes, working on your own means that there is no one to check if you are working well, but you are still the only one who is responsible for the result and the income.

     

    Instead of conclusion

    Freelance is nether good or bad. The final choice is up to you: freedom or stability, self-discipline or guidance, self-sufficiency or teamwork. Weighing it out and decide what feels right for you.

     

     

     

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