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5 Reasons Freelancing Might NOT Be The Right Choice For You

Whenever you read about someone talking about freelancing online, they say it’s great. They say you will have freedom. They say you will have flexibility. They say you will have time to spend with your family. They say you will be your own boss. Nobody tells you that too much freedom, too much flexibility, too much family time and being your boss is asking for trouble, especially when it comes to the source of your earning. If you relate with any of the five reasons illustrated below, run as far away from freelancing as possible!

You hate your job but…

It the source of your social life; complaining about the work load at the office and gossiping about the new employees is actually how you met your best friend. If you are not working at this job, and take up freelancing, you will be working at home alone. You will face ‘social drought’ to the extent where the lack of human contact will make you feel like normal interactions are out of a sit-com!

You love your family but…

You like your work life and personal life to be separate; you don’t want to think about entertaining your younger siblings while you are working; you don’t want to know what the next door neighbor did to their cat. You need your work space. With freelancing, since there is no regularity in the working hours and you don’t have an office to go to; your room becomes your office. You cannot stop your mother from coming in and telling you to get bread for tomorrow’s breakfast. Neither can you do anything if she doesn’t believe you are actually working and not just ‘sitting at your laptop and chatting with your friends.’ You will be missing the cubicle at your job before long!

You are comfortable with technology but…

You wouldn’t like to take your laptop everywhere with you to do work on it. As a freelancer, your laptop will not only be an integral part of your work life, but you will have to respond to your client’s demands on your phone if necessary, who expect you to be available to cater to their questions and edit the work you submitted if required. Freelancers are on call 24/7 and you will have to sit in front of your laptop for multiple hours; working and if not that, be reachable on your phone. In short, you might as well bid your plans of binge watching a TV show on your laptop good bye!

You are a hard worker but…

You are easily distracted. Since freelancing is a one-man (or woman) show, you are the one in-charge of your success and while it is far easier to pat yourself on the back at a job well done than punishing yourself at a mistake (the heart always forgives), the fact remains that you have to prioritize and reach deadlines. If you are easily distracted by the door bell ringing or you cannot go an hour without checking your profile at the social networking sites or a deadline seems more like noose around your neck, freelancing is not for you.

You like earning money but…

You are not good at handling it. Freelancing doesn’t bring a consistent flow of income – sometimes you will have multiple projects at hand, sometimes you will be sitting idle. You will need a systematic saving plan in order to manage your spending. Not only this, you will have to live without the benefits of a job; no paid leaves, no medical insurance, no bonuses…That’s right, you will need to curb those urges for shopping because you might need the money for an unexpected dentist check up! Nobody likes going to the dentist, but now you have to worry about paying the dentist too – oh, the horror.

So add this to your existing knowledge about freelancing: it is not easy. Be prepared to search for the work, do the work at any time of the day, and know that any attempts to separate your work life from your personal life are futile. In case of a job, everyone knows specifically what you do. When you are a freelancer, you will spend a lifetime making people understand that what you do is actually a ‘real job’ and that every time you open your laptop, it’s not to do ‘frandship’ with strangers on Facebook!

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