As freelancing grows in popularity, more people are starting to wise up to its perks: You get to work in your P.J.s, you get to set your own schedule, you are your own boss, etc. However, there are a few extras that I’ve picked up on in my short time freelancing that other blogs just don’t seem to talk about. So, here’s a look at 3 freelancing perks that you may have never thought about before!
1. Freelancers don’t (always) have to go through the traditional interview process.
In an age of job-hunting with tricky interview questions like “if you were a color, what color would you be and why,” it’s easy to become overwhelmed and disenchanted with the whole process. I remember sitting in on multiple phone and in-person interviews wondering why potential employers couldn’t just let me show them what I could do instead of making me have to come up with a creative way to explain my “weaknesses.” With freelancing, I have found that a lot of the process of obtaining clients is based on ideas of trust and proving yourself, rather than on a “tell me about yourself” interview model. For example, when snagging my first client, I reached out to her and asked if she needed help with a website she owns (and I was a fan of). She responded asking for my resume, and a little over a year later, we are still working together. Now, every client is different and some may indeed want to go through an interview process, but if you’re disciplined and determined enough and find the right people to work with, often your ethic will speak for itself.
2. Freelancers can do a little bit of everything.
In my work with my current clients, I complete assignments in the fields of grant proposal writing, blog post writing, editorial assisting, podcast show note writing, and proofreading. This varied work load not only keeps things fresh, but also allows me to work many different skills simultaneously. While it is great to be able to switch gears every now and then, and as a young freelancer I love being able to keep myself open to new clients and experience-expanding opportunities whenever possible, it also takes a lot of discipline and organization. If you struggle to compartmentalize, it may be in your best interest to find a niche. My advice is to determine your skills first and your interests second and to never shy away from a job you know you can do; you never know when you might find a new field you love!
3. Freelancing comes with less risk…kind of.
As with any subset, the world of freelancing comes with its own lingo. Employers in a traditional setting become clients in freelancing. Freelancers work with others and for themselves. This lingo also brings new connotations, especially when it comes to hiring and firing. As mentioned before, a lot of freelancing is based on trust; the client trusts that the freelancer will accomplish the assignment by the given deadline, and the freelancer trusts that the client will compensate fairly for time worked. It is much simpler to follow this model in freelancing than in a traditional workplace because there is simply less risk involved for both parties. If a client does not like the work a freelancer has done, the client can simply decide to no longer work with the freelancer. There is (usually) no need to stop payroll checks or fill out paperwork or deal with taxes. On the opposite side, if a freelancer feels he or she is being treated unfairly or just doesn’t mesh well with a client, he or she can decide to end the working relationship with little incident (in most cases). Now, one must bear in mind that because of the reduced risk associated with freelancing on the client’s side, there is more risk on the freelancer’s side of being let go than there may typically be in a traditional job. However, you’re not considered “fired” so much as that your relationship with the client has ended, which is, in my opinion, a much more preferable alternative (especially in fields like mine where language plays such an important role!).
There are tons of benefits that make freelancing such a wonderful, lucrative career path. From the perks I mentioned above to ones that are more well-known, there is no end to the reasons why freelancing can be your ticket to a job and a life you can control and love.