What’s so great about freelance work exactly? Well, let me start out by giving you an example of the type of person freelancing is NOT good for. If the following paragraph describes your life then you can stop reading this and just go back to what you were doing.
Do you enjoy getting up early, every single morning and wading through miles of traffic to get to work? Do you find it exciting seeing the exact same people every single day, five to six days a week with absolutely no variety or change? Are you your boss’ best friend? Do you look forward to answering to your boss and having to meet his or her deadlines constantly? Do you enjoy never seeing your family members during the day or always having to miss out on events like school recitals and soccer games? Is it fun to make poverty-level wages and live paycheck to paycheck so that you pretty much have no variety in your life because any big expense could make your bills come crashing down on you?
If you answered yes to all of those questions then, as I said, stop reading and go back to your “wonderful” life – freelance work probably isn’t for you. If you did freelance work you’d be your own boss; you’d be taking your career into your own hands and having complete control over your life. Now, if you didn’t’ answer yes to all of those questions you might be the type of person who could have a lucrative career freelancing. Get comfortable, grab a pen and a pad of paper so you can take some notes and get ready to explore one of the most rewarding and lucrative ways of making a living in the 21st century.
Does freelancing mean you will get rich overnight? No, it takes work and dedication. There are a number of obstacles that you will have to overcome but the rewards will be substantial if you are willing to put in the time and effort. The possibilities are endless. There are opportunities for any person to break into the lucrative career of freelancing. All you need is diligence, patience, and tenacity to pursue it and make it happen.
On the other hand, if you are the person that was described at the beginning of this article, get that beverage and curl up with the latest novel by your favorite author. It might be enjoyable reading and that is fine. Just remember, unless you are doing that for a living, you won’t be making a dime.
Be Your Own Boss
Freelancing allows you to be your own boss. This means you make your own hours. Making your own hours does not mean loafing around all day. It means having the self-discipline to set aside a certain amount of hours that you work each day. But, as the boss, you get to decide what those hours are. That way you can pick up the kids from school, have lunch with the spouse, go to the gym during the day when it’s not so crowded, and never have to make that horrible rush-hour commute.
Wear what you want
Does your current job have a dress code? How does sitting in your pajamas all day sound; what about just spending the day wearing your favorite pair of worn out jeans and that T-shirt from that unforgettable 1980’s rock concert. If you are an independent agent, like a freelancer, then you decide the dress code.
Set Your Own Price
Being a freelancer means that you get to set your own prices for what your time is worth. You get to determine your own prices based on your costs and your time. You don’t have to pay yourself a minimum amount or charge a certain amount; you have total control over what kind of money you can make. Instead of waiting years to get a raise you can adjust your own prices. As you become more proficient and widen your client base you can double and triple your earnings as you see fit.
Live Wherever You Want
Have you ever considered living somewhere else but your job and family obligations keep you stuck in the same place. Freelancing gives you the freedom to take your family, if that applies to you or just yourself and live wherever you want. As long as you have a phone, a computer and a way to receive mail, you can live at the South Pole or Hawaii and still have a lucrative freelancing career. Your home is your office. You can be sitting in a coffee shop and enjoying a scone with a mocha latte at the same time you are making millions of dollars.