Freelancing: Is it Worth the Hassle?

“Be your own boss” sounds like a dream come true, and “flexibility” and “work-life balance” are all words much bandied about when people refer to working as a freelancer. However, when you do manage to talk to a freelancer, what you mostly hear about is burning the midnight oil satisfying demanding clients or twiddling your thumbs while you wait for someone to discover the writing genius that is you!

Is working as a freelancer a nightmare or a dream? Let’s look a few pros and cons before we decide:

Pros of Freelancing

  • You are the boss, which means independence and flexibility.
  • You can choose to say no to projects that don’t excite you (provided you’ve saved something for a rainy day!)
  • You have direct contact with the client (no shielding; this could work both ways though!)
  • If you are a workaholic, the more you work the more you earn!
  • Once you are done with a project, you can choose to take a well-earned break.
  • You get to work on a wide variety of projects; the learning is tremendous!

Cons of Freelancing

  • Working from home needs tremendous self-discipline, and distractions are many.
  • You have to manage everything from your internet connectivity to aggravating SMEs.
  • Financial security might seem like a distant horizon.
  • If you want to take a break, there will be nobody to pick up the slack.
  • All decisions, whether wise or foolish, are yours, and so is all the responsibility when things go wrong.
  • When there is a shortage of work, you might be forced to take up whatever projects come your way.
  • You don’t really have anyone to gossip with, and sometimes the loneliness gets to you.

 

So, in summary, like all good things, deciding to be a freelancer has its share of problems. If you are planning to turn freelancer, our Freelance Writer’s Program can help you make the right beginning.

If you have a compelling argument for or against freelancing, share it with us. We would love to hear from you! And if are a freelancer already, we’d love for you to share your experiences with other readers here. 

Category: Content Development, Freelancing, Writing

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