It can’t be denied that the trend of freelancing is increasing exponentially. According to Upwork’s survey, 56.7 million Americans freelanced in 2018. That’s more than 1 in 3 people freelancing.
The fast pace at which people are shifting to working remotely does not come as a surprise. As a matter of fact, desk jobs have a reputation of making people feel stagnated, stripping them of any chance of growth. Then why wouldn’t people prefer starting a freelance career? Especially, if you are a very creative person who wants their skill to be leveraged, freelancing is the way forward. Initially, it might take a little time. You’d have to dedicate as much of your free time to it as possible. Once you get into a flow, things will turn around, with different opportunities knocking at your door.
There are countless reasons to start a freelance career, and I have listed some really important ones that should be considered.
Lets you showcase your creativity
In my observation, so many people are born with amazing talents, but a 9-5 job has a way of not letting them showcase their creativity, even when they desire to do so. That’s where freelancing wins, making you capable of experimenting with your skills and doing something you are truly passionate about. Also, you can choose the kind of work you want to do which makes it comparatively easier to stay interested in what you are doing. But the best part is that you don’t have to stick to one niche. You have the choice to jump from one trade to another and find your footing in the industry that rewards your talents the best.
You get to exercise more freedom
It gives you the freedom to work whenever you want wherever you want. Of all the things employees complain about, not being able to maintain a work-life balance comes on top, and freelancing allows you to do exactly that. What’s better than having the authority to choose the time you want to work at as well as the amount you want to get done? And it doesn’t just end here. I mean who wouldn’t want to work sitting in a café while sipping on a cup of freshly brewed coffee? I know I would love to be able to decide the location I work from. Flexibility, now that’s one hell of a reason to start your freelance career.
Opportunity to earn more
Stats show that the average US freelancer makes 45% more than your typical worker. Also, around 60% of those who leave a conventional job earn more through freelancing compared to their day job
Although, as a newbie business owner, you will not be getting a lot of work, with progression, your workload will increase, and you might get more offers than you can handle. That is because there is no geographic barrier to working as a freelancer. You have a bigger pool to choose your clients from with an opportunity to take on different projects and work with a variety of people. Having clients overseas as well as locally will give you a lot of exposure, increasing your profit margin.
You won’t be working overtime without getting paid
I have seen many daytime job owners complain about overworking, causing a massive stir in their work-life balance that leads to job dissatisfaction. But, unlike a salaried job where you are expected to work beyond office-hours for no compensation, freelancing gives you the freedom to work only when you’re getting paid.
As I said, there are a variety of reasons, but it’s up to you to decide which of them is worth your time before starting your freelance career. In my opinion, freelancing is an amazing thing to experience, and if you have not started it yet then what are you even waiting for? Go ahead and give it a shot.