Making Money And Being A Freelancer in 2011 What Does It Take To Be One?

Posted by on February 13, 2011 at 2:35 am.

The main difference between an employee and a freelancer is the relation with the one you are working for. As an employee you have to show up at specific hours and do the work according to your boss his wishes. In most cases, a freelancer can determine himself when and how to execute his work as long as the agreed upon quality and date of delivery are met. Although it looks pretty romantic, it can be tough as well. Here we will discuss different aspects of the lifestyle.

One of the reasons to become a freelancer is one determines his own income. Where in a normal job one more or less has a fixed pay, as a freelancer one can often earn more money for the same work. The disadvantage however is that there are always difficult times (like the holiday season) and when you are not prepared for this you will experience moments you wished you had a fixed salary.

Another nice thing of freelancing is that you can often make your own schedule. If your son has a football match or needs to train, you can join him and catch up work in the evening. The disadvantage is of course that when work needs to be finished, you have to burn the midnight oil.

“No boss” is a dream for many people. No restrictions, no comments, but on the other hand also no compliments and no guidance. It is hard “to know it all”. You have to be able to create the final product in good quality and on time. You need to be really competent or be able to work with other freelancers and delegate things you are not really familiar with.

As a freelancer there is hardly any control from a group. As long as your work has proper quality and is delivered in time, you will see happy faces. However, some experience a lack of social contacts. Even if your colleagues might not be the type of people you’ll invite at home, it is still nice to work in a group where you have fun and get assistance.

So, sometimes it can be tough, working as a freelancer. When things don’t run like you want them to run, or when you’re confronted with setbacks, you have to be able to get yourself through without any push or help from a superior. If you are not the type of person to really demand things from yourself, you shouldn’t choose a freelancer lifestyle.

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