The internet is buzzing with the benefits of freelance work. But is it all it’s cracked up to be? Let’s explore the positives of staying at home and ditching “the man.”
Bye Bye Boss
You’re the guy; the top dog; the chief. You don’t have some forty-something, slave driver glowering at you from across the office. Aside from the power (which is great), it’s a load off your shoulders. You only have to answer to yourself.
Family Man…or Woman
Ever had to prioritise your career over your family? Not in freelancing. You’re free to meet Aunt Marg for tea at the drop of a hat, or help Gran with her groceries.
Create your own schedule based on what hours you want to work. 9-5 is a thing of the past. If you are a bit of a night owl, you can work through the evening, or alternatively, rise early, and have the rest of the afternoon at your disposal.
Going freelance forces you to get financially knowledgeable fast. It teaches you to manage money and your own paperwork. If you need any help, there is always paye umbrella company.
Having to leave time to travel to and from work can seriously eat into your leisure time – especially when public transport goes awry. Stay Zen, save money, and sleep in later, by working from home. The furthest you have to travel is from your bed to your desk.
You decide how much you think you’re worth. No need to grovel for pay rises any more. If you want a higher salary, you’re free to up your rates.
Do What You Want
You choose the work you do. So do what you like.
Work on the Move
Potentially, you can choose your backdrop. If home gets a little too samey for you, take work to the beach, a coffee house, or the nearest park. The possibilities are endless. Just make sure you check the weather forecast.
We Don’t Need No Education
Freelancing doesn’t require a degree. As long as you can do your job, and your clients are happy it is easy street. Pick up the know-how as your experience grows.
Nip it in the Bud
If you don’t like one of your clients, you are free to cut them at any time you like. Conversely, if there are any clients you particularly cherish, you can forge stronger relationships with them.
There are no suits or business shoes involved in freelance work. You can wear what you want, whether that is PJs, sweats, your normal clothes, or nothing at all!
It all becomes easier to deal with. You don’t have to be worried about falling out of favour with your boss, or taking a sick day.
Mysterious Office Thief
At work, items tend to slowly disappear. If you freelance you’ll know that no-one has walked away with your hole-punch without serious ramifications, and that it was probably just you being a bit scatter-brained. It will turn up eventually.
Zoe has written this article on behalf of contractor accountancy specialists Brookson. Zoe is a freelance writer, and realises the benefits of working for herself.