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Is freelance work from home your kind of thing? You’ve probably heard that people work from home doing all kinds of freelance work, such as freelance writing, translation jobs, software dev, graphic design and more.
Truly, the rise of online freelancing throughout the world has been amazing.
If you’re thinking of becoming a freelancer and work from home, then there are some things that you will need to consider.
It’s not all fun and games but if you come in with the right attitude, you’ll discover that it’s a highly enjoyable career.
Before we get into that, let’s first of all understand who a freelancer is.
Who Is a Freelancer?
A freelancer is a self-employed person who works as a web designer, writer, virtual assistant, transcriber, video editor, etcetera.
He or she receives work/projects from different clients and gets money when the work is done. An online freelancer is also not bound to one client.
This article will give you facts and facts alone that will help you in your quest to decide if you are destined to be a freelancer who works from home. Let’s go!
Freelance Work at Home Jobs – The Pros
No Boss Hovering Over You
This is undoubtedly the favorite for most freelancers. There is no boss to check in with. You are free to come and go as you please. Personally, that gives me a lot of happiness.
Online freelancing provides flexibility and freedom.
Are you an early bird or a night owl? As a freelancer, you decide which hours you want to work and you are free to work when you’re most productive.
After all, what the client wants is good quality work in a specified time period. How you do that is entirely up to you.
You can take a day off without having to ask for permission from an employer. Isn’t that cool?
I love the fact that I no longer have to wake up at 5.30 a.m to go to work. And you will too, if you take this route!
No Limit To What You Can Earn
That’s right. You have an internet business that has absolutely no boundaries, meaning that you can get as many clients as you desire, provided that you market yourself effectively.
There are freelancing sites such as Upwork, PeoplePerHour, Fiverr, with hundreds of thousands of jobs being posted daily so you do not have to worry about where you are going to get clients.
You also have control over how much you can charge your clients.
Apart from freelancing sites, you can also pitch clients directly.
When you do get a high paying client, you will enjoy all that money yourself because your income is not determined by any specific person.
You Can Choose Your Clients
In the freelancing world, you will come across some difficult clients- rude, unprofessional and with unrealistic demands. If you feel you cannot work with a certain client, you are free to let them go.
I had to do that recently.
It was like a breath of fresh air. However, when you’re starting out this may not be the case.
Clients are few and far between so you will need to use a lot of discretion.
You Get To Learn New Skills
I have learned new skills in my online freelancing business.
Seriously, I didn’t think there was so much to learn. I started out transcribing, now I have a blog.
I have gained writing skills, social media skills and more. I really wouldn’t have gained this much if I were employed, I sincerely believe so.
You Can Wear What You Want
You must be thinking that this is not a serious point, yes? I know people who hate to have to wear suits everyday – from Monday to Friday.
When you’re an online freelancer you can wear what you want -jeans and t-shirt – as long as you produce good quality work for the client.
Make New Connections
I have made several new friends over the past year as a result of online freelancing. I have made new mentors, been hired by new clients who I consider to be friends. It’s really been fun.
The Cons of Freelance Jobs From Home
Now to the other side of the coin.
Oh yes. There are a few weeks where the workload can be quite overwhelming.
You bid on a couple of jobs quite industriously and don’t hear from any client for days. Then – ever heard of the saying when it rains it showers?
Out of the blue, you get four or five clients offering you work.
I’ve had such kind of weeks. Lots of pressure. When the payment is made, its all worth it 🙂 Thankfully, those crazy weeks are manageable and I’ve been able to stay sane.
It’s very important to maintain a healthy work-life balance or else you’re inviting burn out!
Damn! Another late payment from the client…Hey? I’ve got bills to pay. This is a common complaint amongst online freelancers.
Ideally, payment should be made once work has been submitted but some clients take their sweet time.
Also, when you’re starting out it takes a while to get those repeat clients who are so vital to a freelancer’s business.
And who can forget the famous ‘feast and famine’ quote. Some great months financially…some slow months too. Such is a freelancer’s life.
Not For The Faint of Heart
This is not a job for the faint-hearted.
This is not a job for the weak of spirit. You must be self-motivated.
Self-motivation is crucial because there are millions of freelancers out there.
I like what Liam Veitch says in his book, Stop Thinking Like a Freelancer: The Evolution of a $1M Web Designer, “Remember, you are not exempt from ‘being in business’ just because you’re a freelancer.”
That’s right. You ARE in business. And business is not an easy peasy thing.
Every day, I turn on my computer and I send bids every morning and every evening no matter how many nos I get.
It doesn’t matter. For me, NO simply means NEXT OPPORTUNITY. It’s a daily ritual..second nature.
Because success depends on you, you will have to be firm with your friends and family.
No, you are not free to chat with your sister/brother/friend for hours in the middle of the day. Why? Because you are working. By the way, this is a business! Treat it as such!
Let’s face it. Freelancing can be very lonely.
Sure you network with other freelancers via Facebook, Twitter and other social sites and online forums but there isn’t much of the face to face interaction that one is used to in a typical 9 to 5 job.
You can feel a bit isolated.
Sometimes I’m so wrapped in my work that I have no idea what is happening out there.
I remember I went to the City Centre and I hadn’t been there for over three months and I felt like I didn’t know my way around the city. That’s freelancing for you.
Have I had times of self-doubt? Yes. I’ve sometimes wondered whether I was that good of a freelancer, especially on those slow weeks.
Have there been tough times economically? Yes. Great weeks. Slow weeks. Feast and famine. (There I go again)
Would I trade this for the typical 9 to 5 job? No way. I completely enjoy what I do.
My final thoughts: Freelancing, be it writing, transcription, graphic design, etcetera is, in reality, a job; same as being an accountant, teacher, doctor or pilot.
I hope this post has helped you make the important decision of whether you want to venture into freelance work from home jobs.
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