Freelance: Pros and Cons
The modern labor market offers job seekers many work 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 working outside the state of any company. A freelancer can participate simultaneously in several projects or work for several companies, while not being a full-time employee of any of them.
For some people, the opportunity to work on freelance is just a fairy tale: there are no early rises at 7 in the morning to catch an office by the beginning of the working day; There are no annoying bosses who constantly monitor the progress of your work; there is no need to ride the subway at rush hour or stand in traffic for hours – you work at home. At first glance, freelance has only advantages. But this is only at first glance. In fact, freelance 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. Freelance is also common in the fields of IT, journalism, philology (translation of texts and books), marketing, engineering and others.
Freelancers themselves look for customers (most often via the Internet) and do some 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 the office for a particular company. But is freelance so attractive as it seems? Should I say goodbye to the office and embark on a “free swim”? To understand this, you need to carefully weigh all the pros and cons of a freelancer lifestyle and work.
The benefits of freelancing can be considered both from the point of view of workers and from the point of view of employers. 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. The freelancer receives the task and the deadlines for its completion (and sometimes he appoints the deadlines himself), but he decides on what hours to work, on his own. It is more convenient for someone to sleep before lunch and work until mid-night – a freelancer can afford it. However, the widespread belief that a freelancer has a lot of free time is a fallacy. In fact, a freelancer works as much as an office worker, and sometimes even more.
Freelancers themselves seek customers for themselves and can choose the projects that they will be interested in doing. This is a definite plus, as a freelancer has the opportunity to do the work not only for the sake of earning, but also for the pleasure. An office worker, however, rarely can afford to abandon a task entrusted to him by his superiors. 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 what kind of reward he will agree to do this or that job. The employer only accepts or does not accept these conditions.
Freelancer is a financially independent specialist. He receives exactly as much money for each completed project as he really earned. No more, no less. He cannot be deprived of part of his salary or fined for any violation, as is often the case at enterprises (for example, for systematic lateness, incorrect behavior or other oversights). A freelancer always knows why he received his salary, and knows that this amount currently corresponds to his abilities and skills, as he himself named it.
Freelancer has access to an unlimited number of potential customers. The Internet offers tremendous opportunities for finding customers across almost the entire globe.
A freelancer can combine several professions at once. If you are very good at software, but at the same time writing stunning oil paintings, why not be a programmer and an artist at the same time?
When you work through the Internet (that is, communicate with customers, receive orders and give the work done – and all this happens online), you can afford to work from anywhere in the world. What should you take a ticket, say, to Thailand, and live there a couple of months, without violating 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 cause a psychological blow to people and drive them into a state of depression.
For employers, there are benefits to attracting freelancers to do a job. Namely:
All freelancers, as a rule, are professionals in their field. Many of them have already done a lot of work in organizations and have significant experience and skills that allow them to work for themselves and receive high incomes.