This article is written by Quin Hoskins. Having studied law and several science-related subjects at degree level, this has provided him with the perfect foundation to cover an eclectic range of topics in his freelance writing career. From the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs to countless travel sites, he is proud to be associated with companies and organizations that are definitely at the top of their game. The flexibility of his freelance writing business allows him to devote a significant proportion of his time to study and is finishing his last course – out of 6 – towards his LLB (Hons) this year. He is also an avid traveler and has proudly visited 40 other countries to date, with much more planned for the future.
It must be said that there has to be a good reason why there are tens-of-millions of freelancers working successfully around the world at any given time. In fact, this article will aim to prove that there are at least 10 excellent reasons why choosing the career path of a freelancer may turn out to be the right move for you. Let’s take a look at the perks of working as a freelancer, shall we?
10. Broaden Your Skills Base
You will improve your skills without even knowing it. When clients ask for even slight deviations beyond an initial project, you will find yourself looking up exactly what they mean and this, over time, broadens your skills base without your even knowing it.
9. Work Where You Like = More Holidays
This is a huge perk of working as a freelancer: the fact that you can work wherever you like in the world. Enormous and convenient advances in technology mean you can remain in communication with your clients and other contacts even from that beautiful beach resort in the Caribbean.
8. No Commuting to Work
For those stressed-out workers who are forced to commute to work for many hours each day, this will prove to be an almighty benefit to freelancing. It takes most freelancers a matter of seconds to travel to their office each day: as this is usually incorporated within their home itself.
7. Work with Whom You Like
Do you loathe some of the unctuous clients and colleagues you are forced to work with by your current employer? Well now, if you work for yourself, you really can pick and choose the people with whom you work. If you’re a little unsure of the reputability and credibility of a particular person, you will learn to trust your instincts and refuse to work with them.
6. Make Use of Quieter Services during the Day
This is an aspect of working as a freelancer that I particularly love! If you decide to zip to the supermarket, the gym, the doctors’ surgery or any other type of service during regular working hours, you will find that you are not battling through crowds and can take advantage of much quieter services. Evenings and weekends are often packed with people who work during the week, and these are the times you can avoid and relax at home instead.
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5. You’re Less Likely to be Sick
When you work for an employer, you may think nothing of picking up the telephone to call in sick if you detect even the slightest ailment. When working from home, you are statistically much less likely to be prone to sickness. Of course, this is probably down to the fact that you should actively enjoy what you are doing when working for yourself; and will feel so much less stressed as a result.
4. No More Late Arrivals at Work
Do you often roll up to work 5 minutes late in the morning? Do you find it a struggle to organize the kids and other family members and view mornings as a logistical nightmare? If you work as a freelancer, this massive amount of stress will be eliminated, and you need never be late for work ever again. You can put in an appearance in your cozy home office when you are ready – coffee in hand, refreshed and raring to go.
3. You Control Your Working Schedule
Instead of your boss dictating the hours you work on specific projects, you are now in charge of these important decisions. If you have some other family matters to take care of in a particular week, you can adjust your working schedule accordingly. On the other hand, if you feel you would like to try and earn a little bit more during another week, you call the shots from now on.
2. No More Office Politics
I am going to join you here and let out a huge ‘yee-haa’ where this particular perk of working as a freelancer is concerned! Oh, my goodness, how I detest petty office politics! If you decide to work for yourself, the great news is that you need never worry about the backbiting that goes on far too regularly in most working environments. I have found that this issue alone has seen a tremendous reduction in my stress levels since I decided to work for myself many years ago.
1. You’re the Boss
If there have been times where you couldn’t help yourself from making those rude gestures behind your boss’ back: this actually will prove to be the top perk for you! You are now the boss of your own freelancing business. Your ideas count from now on, and you need never acknowledge the nonsense that comes out of another person’s mouth as long as you live.
If you were somewhat on the fence over your decision to break free and try your hand as a freelancer, hopefully, the top 10 perks above have proven to be highly motivational for you? They are all based on my personal working experiences as a freelancer, and are quite frankly, each worth their weight in gold as far as I am concerned. I do hope you come to share the same mentality in years to come.
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