In some ways, freelance can give you a sense of freedom that you don’t get with being on a contract. However there are some downfalls…
- You can manage your time better when you aren’t being nagged to do something by a colleague sitting right next to you. You can take your time and work on your own terms and hours.
- You can sit in your pajamas all day if you really want to!
- You can eat whenever you want without Susan sitting in the corner judging you for snaffling three twix bars in a row…
- You can have as many clients/gigs as you can manage.
- You’re effectively your own boss.
- You avoid the commute in and out of work meaning you have that precious time to yourself.
- You don’t have to work with people you dislike and who just watch you out of the corner of their eye.
- You don’t have to worry if you’re a bit sick to go into work, you can probably work from home! (Unless you have the flu…)
- You can take as much holiday when you want.
- You can work however much you want with no cap.
- It can get lonely being at home all the time.
- You aren’t guaranteed to be kept on with some clients.
- You have an uneven amount of money from working odd hours.
- You don’t get paid sick pay.
- You don’t get paid holiday or bereavement pay.
- You have to work out all aspects of your business, including the dreaded tax.
- Having multiple clients wanting things done at the same time.
Do you think the pros outweigh the cons? Would you consider going freelance or staying employed on a permanent contract? Let me know in the comments! Vee x