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I know this endless discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of freelancing is not new… but recently when one of my friends, who has served quiet some years in real professional world got really confused when informed by someone that things are far much better in freelancing than the apparent cruel reaches of the real world.

As she is considering the world of freelancing and asked me for a sincere suggestion, I thought of listing the advantages and disadvantages of freelancing but things will really become easy if you give your opinions according to your experience.

Freelancers are found in all fields — designing, writing, photography, consultants and many others, but as for any job, freelancing also comes with its pros and cons. Let me list both, so we might come to a final decision….

The Positive Picture of Freelancing – Advantages:

Freelancing-Advantages

  • Be Your own boss:

    The most fascinating part is when you get to take your own decisions, choosing which jobs to take, negotiating contracts, and determining your prices.

  • Getting a raise anytime:

    If you feel that you are worth more money an hour then give yourself a raise and up your quote when the next company comes a calling.

  • Choice to select a project:

    As an employee in a company whenever your manager assigns you a project, you have to accept it dutifully, although it is not of your interest at all. Freelancing, offers you enough choice to take your decision.

  • Choosing your working hours:

    You get a chance to work in your comfort zone, as some people find working early hours convenient while others work more efficiently during late hours…so you can make a choice.

  • All eggs not in the same basket:

    If you are a full time employee in a company and all of a sudden loose your job, it becomes difficult to pick up a new job. As a freelancer, you are working on multiple projects and are always on work, almost.

  • Saving on your conveyance:

    With the growing price of gas, it’s becoming a real savings to stay home.If you stay at home and work, you will figure out how much you can save on conveyance.

  • Don’t have to be responsible for other people’s blunders:

    Working in a company means to work like a team and have to compromise with other people’s work wether you like it or not. Working individually saves you from making compromises and answering for the blunders done by your team members.

  • Experimenting your skills:

    At times, you feel like experimenting your skills and want to come up with something innovative but your company will not allow you to do things your own way. Freelancing, gives you enough space to know your talent.

  • Same Clothes, Different Days:

    Another option where you get to save your money is not spending big amount on your maintenance.

The Negative Picture of Freelancing – Disadvantages:

Freelancing-Disadvantages
  • Instability:

    In freelancing, a month you can be loaded with too much work but the next one you are looking for a waiter job because you can’t pay your bills.

  • Freelancing, a 25 hour job:

    I am sure my freelancer friends will surely agree with it. There is no resting, as your brain never stops working, always looking for a design or thinking about a marketing strategy to help you progress.

  • More Distractions:

    Not working in a professional environment definitely makes your mind wander many times while working.

  • Loneliness:

    90% of your cases you have to get solved yourself as you have no colleague designers sitting around to help you in any way. This way stress and worries keep going on with you.

  • Pressure:

    You are your own boss, if you aren’t able to do a task by yourself, because of your lack of motivation or capacity, there is no one to help your customer understand.

  • Continuous Change:

    One freelancer may find that she has enough work to keep her happy and wealthy while another may find the work coming in very slowly.

  • Multitasking:

    Freelancing is not only about designing, drawing, writing or whatever you do but like a good businessman, you should also know about law and accountancy.

  • Long Vacations:

    Working as a freelancer, when you have no one eyeing you, you tend take long vacations, which often results in loosing the potential clients.

Both sides of the fence have its pros and cons and I hope I explained them in the right way. However, I am sure your opinions according to your experience will be most helpful to take a right decision.
I am waiting for your votes, “What does freelancing offers more – Advantages OR Disadvantages?”

Author Charlie B. Johnson

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  1. Hisham On December 2nd, 2008 at 4:40 pm
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    Thank you for the good post, I was always thinking about that, and what is better for me, working as a free – freelancer or in a full time job with a team to share ideas and learn from each other trying to develop your experience..

    From the place I am now, I think having a full time job is a must to pay my basic needs, then if I can work more I can freelance at any time I can.. so I actually do a mix of both things, freelancing for me is like an adventure.

    This is my personal opinion about it.

  1. armando On December 2nd, 2008 at 10:27 pm
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    Ive worked as a full time employee but sometimes i do freelance jobs to gain extra income. I realizd that working on the third party man who has a direct connection to the client seems to be complicated. The middle man abuse the clients by always asking for money to pay their bills. In fact, the project was made at my home. But some middle man are nice people.
    I realized i need to build a website that would help freelancers to find jobs. So i create the my website.. LEts hope that this site will grow and would benefit to my fellow filipino freelancers.

  1. Evgeniy On December 5th, 2008 at 2:42 am
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    Very useful blog, I found this helpful :)

    Well done!

  1. Sana On December 6th, 2008 at 7:00 am
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    Nice post… Great topic ;)

    If you don’t mind sitting long hours at home with a couple of distractions then freelancing is just the thing for you! Personal experience says that full time jobs are great for earning a hefty pay but if your want to be your own boss and can be content with the meager pay you make as a freelancer then GO FOR IT! Its especially great if you have other things to do as well… but never depend on it completely!

  1. Mohib On December 8th, 2008 at 3:08 am
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    Hey Charlie! You are doing a great “in-house job” with this blog man! I’m veritably impressed and proud of you… A coherent and well-balanced analysis of freelancers’ life.

    When I was a newbie freelancer, a client of mine used to lionize women all the time & spend long long corinthian vacations. He got through that, just as he gets sober (usually after a month or two), he would come to me and say: HOW ARE THINGS? I was like sheeeesh………. Wt*!

    Anyways. All the best with this blog and your “9 to 5″ :D

  1. Scott Mahler On December 10th, 2008 at 6:50 pm
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    I love working for myself, for all the obvious reasons. However, I do miss the stability of working for others. Yes, I know it’s not too stable right now, but under normal circumstances you don’t have to worry about getting the job because you already have it. None the less, I find that the benefits far outweigh the minuses.

  1. Jason On December 16th, 2008 at 8:25 pm
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    I am doing a career project for school and I found this very helpful. I am interested in the graphic design field, and I’m not 100% sure if I want to do Freelance or work in a professional setting.

  1. Johnny On February 28th, 2009 at 11:06 am
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    Don’t underestimate the freedom of not having to wear pants!

  1. Usman Shahzada On July 31st, 2009 at 5:09 am
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    I had an office before but i still used to work most of the time from my home. I was paying the rents and bills for no reason and now i have closed the office and for the time being I am working as a freelancer though i have applied for a job.

  1. Pop On January 13th, 2010 at 12:43 am
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    yah…a good explanation…thanks

  1. Jason Holland Design On February 22nd, 2010 at 8:27 pm
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    When business is good and I am busy, I feel on top of my game and confident. When business is slow, I feel defeated and the idea of working full-time for someone else is appealing. It’s a constant struggle.

  1. Guaranteed seo On July 17th, 2010 at 4:37 pm
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    We outsource so many different skills. freelancing is great

  1. Bon Voyage 1000 On October 13th, 2010 at 12:22 am
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    Ok so did you friend end up getting some freelance job gigs? What kind of work experience does she have?

  1. Megha On December 26th, 2010 at 11:59 pm
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    Before joining my present company I used to work as a freelance writer. Doing work from home is indeed good. It saves time as well as your energy and gives you lot of flexibility.

  1. Appliance Repair Memphis TN On February 26th, 2011 at 12:58 am
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    This> 90% of your cases you have to get solved yourself as you have no colleague designers sitting around to help you in any way. This way stress and worries keep going on with you.

    I can relate to this very well and is the most important to me. Sometimes I feel like all I have done is created a 6×6 jail cell for me to sit in and work all day.

    I think I need a vacation. Thanks for posting.

  1. Tucson Web Design On July 10th, 2011 at 6:29 pm
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    I agree that freelancing can often cause my brain to wander, but surely you can make far more money with it. I’ve already tripled my income working for myself. I was always limited to a salary cap, and for 10 years I struggled with that. Freelancing has far too many advantages to ignore anymore.

  1. Pay For Performance SEO Service On February 20th, 2013 at 6:20 am
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    A freelancer could be a one who is self used. Freelance work is employed in many various professions, however most ordinarily a freelancer works within the fields of writing and writing, photography, web design, graphic arts, or programming. In any given profession, freelancers sell or contract their work to a consumer instead of being used by a business.
    A freelancer’s career normally begins with a business or agency at that the freelancer gains expertise and contacts during a specific field. Often, gifted freelance professionals leave their place of employment as a result of their services area unit in nice demand and that they will receive higher pay as a freelancer. A freelancer will work home, within the community, or at their client’s place of business.


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