Traditional out, modern in.
This has been the current trend when it comes to working. Gone are the days where people are looking for office jobs. Now, what they want are out-of-the-box ideas of making money while being out of the walls of a cubicle.
What is it that makes people shift their preference from office jobs to freelancing? According to Freelancing in America: 2017 (FIA), the most comprehensive measure of the U.S. independent workforce, 63 percent of freelancers said by choice when asked whether they started freelancing more by choice or necessity.
That’s just in the US. The labor force in other countries such as India, Australia and here in the Philippines have started looking into freelancing.
The reasons may be different for every individual. However, with my experience of working as a freelancer for more than a year now, I could pick out the top reasons why people opt to go for freelancing.
1. There’s no place like home
Some people dread staying in the office from 8 am to 5 pm because they wake up early, deal with traffic, hate staying in one place and more. With freelancing, you can work while sitting on a couch or on your bed. You can even take as many breaks as you can plus you don’t have to get up so early (unless you’re working shift is in the morning).
2. Comfort and convenience
You don’t have to deal with the hassle of commuting, the heavy traffic, and the congested jeepneys or buses. All you have to do is turn on your laptop and you’re good to go! You don’t even have to wear a uniform. You can work in your pajamas, your house clothes, even with your shirt off (except in talking with your current and/or prospective clients and their customers).
3. Be your own boss
People are different in many ways. Some people want a boss who’s micromanaging everything. Others just hate being ruled by someone senior to him. If you belong to the latter category, then you should definitely consider switching to freelancing.
4. Unbounded earnings
Feeling underpaid for your completed work? If you switch to freelancing, your earnings will be directly proportional to the work you complete. You determine your own rate and working hours. If you aim big, all you have to do is charge higher (should be reasonable) and work longer. You can also have more than one client which means more money for you. The more you work, the more you earn.
5. Select your schedule
Some jobs at online freelancing platforms may require you to work at specific times (regular or graveyard shift) but the majority of freelancing jobs allows you to have time flexibility. Some clients won’t even care what time you work as long as you get the job done and meet their standards.
6. Pick your projects
Don’t want the task assigned to you by your boss? You don’t have to worry about that in freelancing. Only you will decide what work you are willing to do.
7. Expand your expertise
You’re not bounded by your degree or your current capabilities. In freelancing, you can choose to practice your finished degree or study another one. You can enhance your current skills and learn new ones. The opportunities of widening your skill set are limitless.
8. Test Your Talent
Some people find easy projects too boring. What they’re looking for is challenging work. Something where they can prove their capabilities. With freelancing, you are able to take up a challenging job without the fear of being fired. At the most, you’ll end up getting one low rating and bad feedback, which would certainly not affect your job success score much if you have a lot of successfully completed jobs to your work portfolio.
9. Feel your freedom
Want to go on a trip with your friends or family? No more begging for your boss to approve your leave. No more filing of leave. You can easily manage your projects to schedule your trip whenever you want. You can also work away from home. Just bring your laptop and Wi-Fi, and you’re all set to work again.
10. Live your life with your loved ones
You no longer have to regret not seeing your child grow because you’re in the office nor do you have to worry about taking time off for your family. You can earn money for your living while spending quality time with your family.
11. Slim down your spending
Spending too much on transportation fare or on lunch? With freelancing, you can cut down these expenses. Add to it, you do not have to shell out money for those uniforms or formal attires which you would probably hate to wear anyway.
It is evident that freelancing has a lot of advantages. However, since not everyone can succeed in making money online, I would suggest you start assessing your skills and research about freelancing.
You can start looking into online freelancing platforms like Upwork, Freeeup or Onlinejobs.ph and search on what niche you want to specialize in. You can also join in social media groups because clients post job opportunities there most of the time. (Click here to know the right approach to job posts on social media)
After you’ve determined it, go make your profile and start with part-time jobs. Once you start getting a good number of projects, you can definitely quit your office job to work full time as a freelancer.