- Work when you want
You can choose which days you want to work. If you like to work Monday to Friday, then that is great. If you are the type of person who prefers to work a few days and take a day off, then you are more than welcome to do that. It is entirely your choice. Whatever makes you the most productive.
- Create your own schedule
If you like to work nine to five, you are more than welcome to. However, if you feel that you get more work done during the night, then you can. So long as the work is done, it does not really matter what time of the day you do it.
- Choose your hours
A standard working week is around forty hours. If you feel that is too much or too little, then you can change this. So long as you are aware of how much work you can have done in a set amount of time, then you have an idea of how long a project will take you to complete. This is an important thing to know when working with clients.
- Work where you want
If you have a home office and you like to work there, then great! Although, if a desk just isn’t comfortable for you, then you can work from your sofa, from your bed, or even in a coffee shop. You can choose your own working environment. How great is that?
- No office
The office life is just not for some people. The hustle and bustle of a busy office, office gossip, regimented schedules, and everything else that an office entails. If the office life is not for you, then perhaps you will find that freelancing is.
- Travel and work
Freelancing means that you are able to work wherever you have access to the internet. This means that you are able to work while you are travelling. This is a very important aspect of freelancing for me, since I am a frequent traveller. There are many people who make a living from freelancing and use the proceeds to travel the world. It can and is being done. If you like the sound of this, then do your research.
- Makes you value your time
If you are working on a project basis, then your time will become increasingly more valuable. Especially if you charge per hour. Therefore, the more hours you do, the more you will earn. Ensure that you think about your health, though. Sometimes projects are done on a fee which is agreed upon. If you think about it like this: the longer you spend on something, the less you get paid per hour. The most important thing to remember is to create contracts for each project to protect your time spent doing the work.
- Work on what you want to
Since you are your own boss, you have the ability to decide what you want to work on. This is the most wonderful part of the job. It makes it more enjoyable if you have specifically chosen to work on something. It is not like a nine to five job that will usually provide you with things to work on. It is much more liberating.
- No stressful commute
Avoiding the dreaded commute is very important to a lot of people. Some people are able to handle it and think nothing of it, but for others it is their worst nightmare. It depends on what type of person you are. Not to mention the fact that commuting to work can take a lot of time out of your day that could be better spent. Personally, I prefer to wake up, do yoga, shower, get dressed and start working. But that it just me.
- Be more flexible
You can give yourself a day off if you need to. If something important comes up, you do not have to worry about asking for time off of work. You simply have to reallocate your working hours to another time. So long as you do the work, then you will be fine. Not to mention the fact you can fit work around other commitments. As I have previously mentioned, I like to do yoga early in the morning.
- Family friendly
Being a freelancer is a family friendly job. If you have children, you are able to fit your work around their lives. You are able to do the school run, and attend all of the other child focussed activities such as the dentist, school plays, parents’ evening, and so on. It just works well. If you think ahead, it is a good idea to set up a freelance career before you have a family, to ensure that you will never have to worry about work when you actually have children.
- Stop when you want
In an office job, you are expected to have breaks at allocated times, such as a lunch break. However, if you are working hard and you need to take a break at any point just to refresh, you can, without reprimand. Remember, you are the boss! You get to learn more about how you like to work, as opposed to how society expects you to work.
Initially, you have to become a master at self-promotion. You have to make others see your worth in order to attract potential clients. Networking is important. Twitter is also essential for freelancers and businesses. You will become more confident by making your skills known, but make sure that you are able to live up to the standards you set. Self-promotion will also allow you to see your worth.
- Focus on your passion
It is important to do something that you love. If you have spent many years learning all you need to know in order to pursue your ambitions, then do not stop at the final hurdle as you believe you will earn more money doing something else initially. You need to do what will make you happy. That is what will give you job satisfaction in the long run. Not only do what you are qualified to do, but do what you love to do.
- It is more rewarding
It is so much more rewarding to know that you have worked hard on something that you personally chose to do. You will be proud that a client has come to you over other people. It gives you a sense of satisfaction and achievement. This will in turn will improve your standards of work, as it will increase your self-confidence.
Important things to know:
If you are not already freelancing and are considering a freelance career, then I would suggest that you make sure you do your research before quitting your day job. It takes a lot of commitment, and success may not come fast. Patience is important. If you believe in yourself enough, then you will make anything happen. Make sure that what you are qualified to do is in demand in a freelance capacity. Research possible business opportunities. The most important thing is to know your stuff.
Always do what makes you happy.