Are you a freelancer or have you been thinking about becoming a freelancer?
Today Polly from Our Seaside Baby shares with us her top ‘5 Best Things About Being A Freelancer‘:
I’ve had some amazing and stimulating jobs in my life, many of which have involved travel. I’ve also had some that have been hugely restricting and incredibly demotivating!
I’ve been a freelancer for a while now and love the freedom I get from it. However, I did have doubts at the beginning.
I worried about the variable and uncertain income, the lack of social interaction and whether I’d be able to secure enough work on a freelance basis.
I went it to it with a leap of faith and now the pros far outweigh the cons. I wanted to share my thoughts about the five best things about self-employment!
I know it’s a cliché but it really does feel great to be your own boss. I can decide exactly how much work to commit to, who to work with and what type of projects I want to work on. There are no restrictions and I don’t have to ask a boss or hold a meeting to see if everyone is on board. As a result, I am much happier and motivated in my role.
I work part-time as a Freelance Writer/Researcher around childcare/co-parenting and look after my son in the other time. My working schedule is usually made up of one long full day and two or three half days.
If I’m working to a deadline I might also catch up in the evenings and occasionally at the weekends. It’s not suitable for everyone but for me it’s so flexible. It means I can spend the whole day with my son and work in the evening when he goes to bed.
It also means I can accept work at very short notice because I have the time and flexibility to do so. I can also choose to vary my workload from week to week depending on what else I have on.
I have been in jobs that have been stifling to say the least! They were several years ago now but I’m sure many people are in the same position as I was then. With freelance work you can be as assertive and creative as you want.
My role as a blogger, for example, is amazing for this. I can share details about our day trips, be paid to write about beautiful destinations, practice my photography skills, take courses in creative writing, say yes to new opportunities and try things I wouldn’t usually do. The sky really is the limit!
The word ‘freelancer’ tends to be associated with an unstable income and low wage. Money is not everything but with freelance work you are in control with what work you accept, how many jobs you take on and your hourly rate. I left a well-paid job in London at the end of my maternity leave but now have the potential to earn more in my freelance position.
The fulfilment and confidence you gain from self-employment is like no other. Of course, it’s still a job but a very enjoyable one. It does take a while to adapt and there are certain aspects of freelance work I haven’t been happy with in the past. But I tried different things and found a great balance that works for me.
There are so many freelancers out there and I’ve made an effort to connect with them in person or online and now feel part of a bigger community. I’ve worked hard to get to where I am but it’s been worth it. Going freelance was one of the best and most fulfilling things I could have done.
ABOUT Polly and Our Seaside Baby
Polly is a freelancer and blogger. She lives with her little three year old son by the seaside in sunny Brighton, UK. She writes about family life and her travels near and far and has just returned from a trip to India! For all your family travel inspiration, be sure to visit her stunning blog.
Are you self-employed or a freelancer? What are your experiences? Let us know in the comments below.