5 BEST THINGS ABOUT BEING A FREELANCER

5 BEST THINGS ABOUT BEING A FREELANCER

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!

5 best things about being a Freelancer

 1. Control

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.

2. Flexibility

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. 

3. Creativity

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!

4. Money

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.

5. Fulfilment

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.

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If you liked this post, be sure to check out our posts ‘5 Legal Tips For Freelancers‘ or ‘5 Tips For New Freelancers‘.

Are you self-employed or a freelancer? What are your experiences? Let us know in the comments below. 

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27 Comments

  1. October 12, 2016 / 9:19 am

    I would love to work at home and freelance but sadly I would not make enough money to pay the bills. I am glad you have made a success out of it x

  2. October 12, 2016 / 10:57 am

    You’ve summed it up pretty well. I only wish that there were more good clients/contracts out there 😉 Then life would definitely be bliss! 😉

  3. October 12, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    Great points I wish I had more contacts to make enough to help my husband with the bills.

  4. October 12, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    I definitely need to give freelance work a try. I love the flexibility and everything you mention here about working from home and doing my blog! Thanks!!

  5. October 12, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    I am a freelancer and LOVE it. I can’t imagine going back to work for someone! I love the flexibility in so many aspects of my job.

  6. October 12, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    This inspires me! Right now I am working on some entrepreneurial opportunities. It can be quite scary, but fulfilling as well!

  7. October 12, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    I love how open and honest you are about the upsides and in part I do envy you, I am just not sure it is for me x

  8. October 12, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    A really positive post and shows it can be done. Sometimes you just have to jump in feet first <3

  9. Laina Turner
    October 12, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    It can be so scary to branch out on our own but I agree with all 5 of your points and feel the same way since making my transition.

  10. October 12, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    Brilliant! I would love to do this, but I am very early stages! But it’s inspiring reading this and hearing how you made a success of it! x

  11. October 12, 2016 / 10:22 pm

    What an awesome post 🙂 I’ve been looking into freelancing as a job and these pros are definitely nice to hear. It’s definitely exciting to think about all the possibilities out there for freelance writers.

  12. October 12, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    Freelance work is my favorite! It’s so much fun. Especially being able to set your own hours.

  13. October 12, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    I’m currently working out my notice at my day job to become a full time free lancer – it’s great to hear from someone who did the same. I’m mostly positive about it, but I do still get those few “what the hell am I doing” moments!
    Debbie

  14. October 13, 2016 / 2:33 am

    Yes, yes, five times yes! I loooove the freedom and “being my own boss.” It can be difficult sometimes, but I think the pros outweigh the cons!

  15. October 13, 2016 / 8:28 am

    Key word being potential…ha ha. Two years in and I am not anywhere near where I thought I would be from an income standpoint.

  16. October 13, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    I do love the freedom of being my own boss but I do miss the office banter and customer interaction

  17. October 13, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Couldn’t agree more even though sometimes I miss being on a stable monthly salary

  18. October 13, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    I have always wondered if I could hack it as a freelancer. I am worried I don’t have enough hustle in me!

  19. October 13, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    I agree… the freedom and ability to pitch yourself as much or as little as you like has been the biggest benefits to me. Great list!

  20. October 13, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    I love Polly’s blog, I have been reading it since she started and she was so lovely when I very briefly met her last year. I love the flexibility of freelancing, it is perfect for us parents juggling childcare x

  21. October 14, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    This is exactly the direction I plan to take, not quite sure when to make the leap though. Thanks for this, it is inspiring to read about this being a success 🙂

  22. October 14, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    You hit the nail right on the head with this one! I could not agree more about the fulfillment you gain as a freelancer. I still think it is absolutely bizarre that I went from working 8 hours a day behind a desk and being completely miserable to working basically 16 hour days to get my business off of its feet and I could not love my job more! That is how I know I made the right decision. Great post!

  23. October 14, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Being a freelancer is great as it makes it easier to fit your work around your home life. It’s also greatto have the freedom to chose who you want to work with.

  24. October 15, 2016 / 4:09 am

    Yes to all of this! I am working on freelancing FT but for now it’s just my side hustle.

    xoxo, Jenny

  25. December 7, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    Thanks so much for featuring me Chloe, both on here and on your ‘Blogs we Love’ page! Lovely to guest post on your wonderful blog, going to have a read through your related posts now 🙂 Polly xx

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