Graduating from college is one thing. Surviving the real world after college is another one. Sooner or later, you find yourself going through the same cycle over and over again. The same cycle that is applying for jobs. The moment when you wake up in the morning, you are already sitting in front of the laptop, looking for job opportunities. Again.
Being unemployed can be tough at some point, especially after several rejections from your so-called dream companies. You probably experience hard times, struggling from one interview to another. Until finally you get the job you want and it feels like the right one for you. If you are doing great with it even after one or two years, it is all good then.
But, what about who feel the opposite? Some people quit their job for some reasons (or many reasons). One of them is probably to have total control over your work. Some also say that the payment is not worth it. And some just feel the signs that it is the time to quit the job. So, what is the other option for your new career path?
Have you ever considered about being a freelancer?
If you have, you are probably wondering whether if it is any better than working full-time behind the desk or not. To tell you the truth, the answer is not easy, both have their pros and cons. Being a freelancer depends on your personality and the way you work. Let’s weight the pros and cons to help you make the decision.
You get to choose when, where, and what you work on. Working from home, still wearing your favorite pajamas, and freed from the regular 9-to-5 office hours. Isn’t it the dream? With flexible hours you have in your hands, you can work whenever and wherever you want. As a freelancer, you have a lot more flexibility since you are working for yourself, as long as you get the work done. Not only that, you get to choose any kinds of projects you work on. The freedom to create your schedule is all yours.
You are your own boss. This means you have all the control over projects and clients you are going for. You have the choice of whom you work with. You also have the liberty to pass on the opportunity with clients whose personalities and purposes don’t match with your style.
Less politics and dramas in the office. Sometimes the dramas in the office could be more exhausting than your workloads. Especially if you have another co-worker that’s not really fun to work with. Being a freelancer meant that you are spending time mostly alone in your working room. And that’s a good thing if you want to avoid the dramas in the working space.
Unpredictable monthly income. Being a freelancer is gambling. With unpredictable workloads, this also means you will face inconsistent and unstable income. Unlike the traditional job, freelancing is a rollercoaster ride to your financial affairs. You are either busy (and getting paychecks!) or doing absolutely nothing. If you are looking for some stability, this is probably not for you.
Distractions are everywhere. Since freedom comes with a price, working as a freelancer needs a strong sense of self-discipline. You need to keep yourself motivated to survive in this lifestyle. If you are a lazy person, it is a game-over. You will make less money when you know you have bills to pay.
No health insurance, no holiday time off payment, and you have to plan your own retirement. When it comes to skill building, that’s your responsibility too.
In the end, there are good and bad sides when you choose to be a freelancer. Nothing is better than the other about both choices. It all comes back to what you want from your work life. Just make sure that you are up for the game.