Vacation sounds great right about now, doesn’t it? You could get out of the office, stretch your legs, feel the sun on your skin and sip on a piña colada or be sitting in a hotel with a view of the Eiffel tower. That’s the life of a freelance writer, and it sounds fantastic. But what does this self-employed job exactly entail?
Freelancing has a lot of perks. You set your own hours, you’re your own boss, you can take as many holidays off as you want. Many people have become very successful and live a comfortable lifestyle off of freelancing. You could get paid wherever and whenever… as long as you’ve got a computer with Wi-Fi and someone who’s willing to hire you.
However, with the benefits come some drawbacks. Although freelancing gives you the freedom to only do what you want to do, it can be hard to find consistent work that pays you what you desire. Finding a business to hire you for your work takes patience. Usually, to make what you want, you have to pick up a bunch of gigs at one time, and it can get exhausting. But of course, there are always a few places that will pay you really well, you just have to find them and snag ‘em.
To that end, motivation is the most relevant skill in freelancing. You have to always be on the search for job offers and jump at the good ones. Being your own boss, there’s no one to give you your workflow, that’s all up to you. But because of that flexibility, freelancing is a wonderful option for stay at home moms or single parents or even students who have to balance classes and work. There is so much freedom that comes along with the responsibility.
However, in the hype of picking up exciting jobs, be careful of taking on too many. That paycheck will look great, but those competing deadlines won’t. With some of these jobs, there’s a lot to do and only a short time to do them. Watch out for loading up too much work and not having time to complete it all. Don’t blast into this wonderful job, just to fall flat from burnout and stress; the best part of this lifestyle is the room to breathe, so make time for it.
In the end, if you have an exceptional ability that you are confident of, and motivation to get yourself hired, you’d be a great fit for freelancing! Pull out those flip flops, because you’re totally gonna want to be writing that article in Paris. Why? Because you can.
Thanks for hanging with us, today! I hope this allowed you to dream of your best lifestyle. Mine was to be writer and I am now living that dream, minus the convertible Rouche. Come back for a ‘how to freelance’ article this Friday!