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Eight Ways in Which Freelancing Can be the Best Move You Ever Made

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RSS 18 November 2019
Its damp, it’s cold, it’s generally pretty bleak out there right now. So, this week, we thought we’d cheer things up here at Freelance Supermarket and take a look at the brighter side of life. Yes, freelancing can be hard. Getting started is a slog. If you’re not office based, loneliness, especially at this time of year can get you down. Admin and taxes and HMRC and the dreaded IR35 can keep you awake at night, if you let it. But for now, let’s push all that to the back of our minds and look at the things that are great

Its damp, it's cold, it's generally pretty bleak out there right now. So, this week, we thought we'd cheer things up here at Freelance Supermarket and take a look at the brighter side of life. Yes, freelancing can be hard. Getting started is a slog. If you're not office based, loneliness, especially at this time of year can get you down. Admin and taxes and HMRC and the dreaded IR35 can keep you awake at night, if you let it. But for now, let's push all that to the back of our minds and look at the things that are great.

 

  1. You set your own hours. You truly are master (or mistress) of your own destiny. You can take a break and go shopping in town on a Monday morning when everyone else is at work, and enjoy a leisurely browse and a quiet coffee and relax. That coffee tastes even better when you know everyone else in the working world is hard at it. And that used to be you, too. Likewise, when the sun is shining, you can get out and enjoy it. You can hang out with your pets (or, at a push, your kids), and catch up on your work at a time that suits you. But you have to give yourself permission to do that. So many freelancers fall into the trap of working the same hours as everyone else, which kind of defeats the point. Give yourself a break. Make freelancing work for you.
  2. You choose the projects, and the clients, you work with. Again, if you're starting out, you may have you grit your teeth through the occasional asshole client who makes your old CEO look like an old teddy bear, but once you're established, if you don't get a good feeling from someone, you just decline the job. You'll soon enough learn to spot the duff ones and give them the swerve.
  3. You meet some really interesting people. Even if you only ever communicate by email, you'll find yourself interacting with people you'd never have met if you were working the 9-5. CEOs, entrepreneurs, new industries… and each and every one of them is an opportunity to learn something new that you can use to your advantage.
  4. No commuting! It may be the opportunity you wanted to ditch the running expenses of having a car, or it may just be the hours each week that you save, that you can use to do things you actually want to do, or to get all your chores out of the way to make your leisure time your own, but even if your commute was only 15 minutes each way, that's a whole 2 ½ hours a week you've just got back for yourself. If, like many of us, its' closer to an hour each way, then you've just given yourself a whole extra 10 hours a week!
  5. You can work where you want to. In the summer, you could, if you wanted take your laptop to the beach. Or simply into the garden. Or even to an air B&B in a different country. You choose. It's lovely to have your own little office set up at home, but loneliness can get the better of most people sometimes, and an afternoon in a coffee shop can stop you going a little stir crazy.
  6. You want more money? You can work more hours. And, of course, as your experience grows, you can charge more for your hourly or project fee. With limited overheads and less tax to pay, the sky is the limit. There are plenty of freelancers out there making six figure salaries. Of course, it doesn't happen overnight. And of course, it takes a lot of hard work to get there, but it is possible to make money you would never have dreamed of, if you were employed in a regular job.
  7. Your work can take you down unexpected routes. You may well find yourself starting off as one thing, but end up doing another. It's called pivoting. You may get into a project and learn new skills which you could easily apply to another career path or industry and find your niche there.
  8. Job satisfaction. When the buck stops with you, you make sure it's a good-looking buck you've given them to look at. When you know it's all your hard work that's made the difference, r you've created something you're truly proud of, it's a satisfaction you'd never get if you'd simply been involved as part of a bigger project. It's all yours. You did that. Yay you!

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