Freelancing positions are available full time or part time. It depends on you, of what you would like to do. If you have an experience in certain field of expertise than you can start working full time in convenience of your own hours through freelancing. But however, without an experience, it is not advisable to leave a full time Job just to start freelancing. Even that can give you an experience more into making you an experienced person in the field. The moment you have steady source of income outside your freelancing work, your time line for finding clients can be longer, you can therefore be choosy about your projects and clients, your financial needs are covered during your start-up period.
Advantage of Freelancing
There are several perks to working as a freelancer:
- Easy to start:- You can start right now, using your network find a client. While you’ll want to build a LinkedIn profile and/or a website, you can network within your current career and friend networks to find your first client.
- Get started quickly:-As long as you already know the skill you plan to offer, getting started is simply a matter of finding your first client.
- High demand for help:- While the marketplace of freelancers is competitive, the need for quality, reliable freelancers is growing. Many businesses don’t have employees and instead have a team of freelancers.
- Do the work the way you see fit:-While you need to deliver what the client asks, how the work is done is up to you
- Pick and choose clients:- While in the beginning you may take any client that will hire you, as you grow, you can choose not to take on difficult clients. You can even fire them
- Affordable:- Odds are if you have the ability to provide the service, you also have whatever equipment or software you need to deliver it. Eventually you’ll want to invest in business building tools.
- Choose your own schedule:- Work when and where you want
Disadvantages of Freelancing
Here are some disadvantages to freelancing,Where there’s a good, there’s usually a bad:
- Can take time to build a steady clientele. Getting enough clients to make freelancing something that supports you and your family can take awhile.
- Work can be irregular. Many freelancers experience an ebb and flow in their work. You need to plan for lean times, and be ready to work hard to deliver work on-time when work is plentiful.
- Pay may be low to start out. Especially in today’s digital economy, many people expect to pay less for work from a new freelancer. Breaking in with lower costs may be needed, but as quickly as possible, seek to charge what you’re worth and find clients willing to pay for quality.
- Managing multiple clients and projects can be a challenge. While some people like the variety of working on several projects at a time, others may find it difficult to keep track of deadlines and pace themselves to deliver quality work on time. Great time management systems and organization is key.