In 2018, making the right career choices can feel like traversing an intricate maze; one wrong step and you will somehow find yourself hitting a dead end. Not to mention the fact that finding that career in the first place isn’t an easy task, job opportunities are hardly in abundance after all. Every year, more and more people enter the workforce and are faced with low paying jobs as well as little opportunity to develop or grow new skills. Which is why many choose to turn to freelancing as a way to improve upon these prospects.
Freelancing can come in many different shapes and sizes. Depending on your talents, freelancing can be a full-time gig as well as something which you simply do at the end of your regular workday. From freelance writers to freelance consultants, there really is a world of opportunity when it comes to freelancing and it can even be a great way to learn new skills which make you much more sought-after in the overall job market.
So, with that in mind, can freelancing actually be something that helps to boost your overall career prospects?
Opportunity for Growth
There are a lot of things which you will not be able to do in your day to day career. Whether due to restrictions in your role, the fact that the company simply don’t do those things or perhaps the fact no one considers you an appropriate person to ask to do it. If you are looking to learn, hone and grow new skills in your spare time then being a freelancer may be the perfect way to actually do this.
The fact is that freelancing also allows you to learn new and valuable management skills. Particularly when it comes to money, time and overall business management, because yes, being a freelancer is akin to owning your own small business in a way. Ultimately, running your own micro freelancing business can teach you a variety of skills that you would never even consider necessary for running a business.
You will learn to wear many hats and demonstrating this in your overall career can actually put you forward as innovative, eager to learn and forward thinking. Which ultimately may put you in line for opportunities you never even considered before.
Are you ever worried that one day you will walk into work and suddenly be told you don’t have a job anymore? Unfortunately, this is a reality that many workers face on a regular basis. Which is why having another source of income can be so important for so many people. After all, this generation does not have the security of working with the same employer for 20+ years the same way our parents and grandparents have.
Having to start all over at a new company is often one of the worst parts of being laid off from your job. That and the fact that it could be months between losing your job and finding a new one. Coping with this gap, both mentally and financially, can be extremely draining even for the most motivated of individuals. Freelancing gives you the support and financial pillow to fall back on in these situations.
A springboard of job security is the fact that freelancing means extra money each month on top of your regular wage or salary. This can be especially important if you find it hard to save on one income alone, as your freelancing money can go straight into savings (if you are able to cover bills and other essentials on your wage alone in the first place).
This extra money can also be put to other uses, rather than just savings. You could accumulate it to start your own business, for example, or for something financially rewarding in the long term such as a house deposit. It all depends on your financial goals and what you want to achieve in life.
Becoming the Boss
Ultimately, freelancing on the side can set you up for a full career of independence and self-employment. Whether you save the money from freelancing or even seek outside investment, freelancing could be the perfect stepping stone to creating your very own business. Especially if you set the foundations early in your career and build an impressive roster of clients, who can easily be transferred over to your new business when you eventually set it in stone.
In 2018, setting up your own business and taking control of your own financial future may be the best way to secure your future career prospects. Especially as the overall financial future can never be certain.
Ultimately, freelancing can be the step up your career prospects need to ensure a financial future and flexibility that everyone desires from their working lives. You may not achieve this today, tomorrow or even a year from now, but freelancing can easily set the foundations down in order to make this happen. So, start freelancing alongside your day job and you never know what might happen tomorrow.