Why Become a Freelance Worker?

Many people dream of being their own boss. While the idea of ​​working for yourself may seem appealing at first, it’s important to understand how freelancing differs from a more traditional work environment.

better work-life balance

Freelancers can often choose where and when they work. That means if you want to spend time with your family, or go to the movies for lunch, nothing can stop you. Freelancers can often work at times that work best for them, as long as you can motivate yourself.

One of the most common reasons people become freelancers is because they feel their work-life balance will improve. However, freelancers often work just as many (if not more) hours than a full-time, permanent job. Creating a daily or weekly working time structure is essential. Good organization and self-discipline are essential characteristics of a successful freelancer.

more varied working days

As a freelancer’s reputation grows, there may be scope to choose clients accordingly based on the projects involved. Initially, he is more likely to accept a job offered to raise the freelancer’s profile and increase financial security.

Full-time employees are notoriously tired of doing the same things day in and day out and think that freelancers can give them more variety during the workday. While this is sometimes the case, many freelancers will find that more than half of their work will come from a single client. Therefore, you may still need to perform the same tasks on a regular basis.

But over time and as the freelancer’s reputation grows, a range of opportunities should emerge, allowing for a more diverse work schedule. It will be difficult at first, but it will only increase the pride you feel when things move you and your career forward.

less stress

Before you became a freelancer, you may have felt that your boss was pressuring you unnecessarily, or that office frictions were affecting your work-life well-being. But all the stress of finding clients, legal jobs, accounting and making time for family soon kicks in. For a motivated, focused person, it is difficult not to let the quest for success permeate everyday life. Even working from home can be a challenge, especially with younger children.

A good accountant can be a lifesaver when it comes to reducing the workload. PI insurance can also give you peace of mind, as it covers all claims for professional negligence (for example, if a client is unhappy with your work).

Starting out as a freelancer can be difficult, but the rewards and freedom you get make it all worth it in the end. Once freelancers are known for the quality of their work, projects come in, resulting in great work-life balance and great financial rewards. Any initial struggle will be trivial compared to the satisfaction that comes with being your own boss.

Submitted by Valerie Hockley, Managing Partner, PolicyBee. PolicyBee is an insurance broker specializing in helping freelancers, independent consultants and small businesses with their professional indemnity insurance policies.

PolicyBee advises on the best freelancer insurance options to ensure professionals don’t get hurt when they have problems with their clients.


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