Some time ago, I went through a report from the FreshBooks, which is an accounting-software firm, and I was surprised.
For starters, the report claims that 70 percent of the 3,700 respondents had pointed out that they have better balance in life when they are freelancing, in comparison to the times when they had full-time jobs.
On top of that, 83 percent of those who answered the survey stated that they decided to be freelancers on their own. Implying that that choice was not made out of need; it’s just what they thought it would be better for themselves.
Another statistic fact that caught my attention was that 55 percent of them have said that they earn more money by freelancing than they did at their regular jobs, which interestingly isn’t the case when people leave their full-time jobs.
There are other interesting numbers in this study; moreover, the majority of answers are positive. That is not that surprising, to me at least, since I am a freelancer.
Let’s take a look at the reasons why freelancing is safer than a full-time job.
I Can Have More Jobs at the Same Time
Being a freelancer requires you to do work with many clients, more precisely, you’ll be working with six to twenty-six different people at times. It’s possible that one company reduce their budget and they don’t need my services after all, but what’s the possibility for all of them to back down? The thing I am sure of is that it is practically impossible to lose all my clients in one day. In comparison to a regular job where if you get fired, there is no alternative.
I Can Find More Clients If Necessary
I, for example, have many clients, and if I need more, I can find more. The thing is that I have enough work as it is, so I don’t need more clients, but other freelancers perhaps aren’t in the same situation. I have a profile on freelance platforms, which helps me find new clients. Therefore, if I lose one, it is inevitable that others are going to find me.
Constantly Learning New Skills
In order to stay in touch with novelties, I had to learn new things so I can become an even better content writer. I had to acquire some internet-based skills so I can use that knowledge in my career. For instance, I learned how to use WordPress and write content in HTML. Also, I developed SEO skills, which now help me write articles that will be on the first page on your search engine. To cut a long story short, I use 12 programs for my regular clients.
I Am in Charge of My Rates
At last, we’ve come to my favorite part to talk about. This is the strongest argument for my assertion that it is safer — you have complete control over your income and your hourly rates. When I was a full-time employee, I had to ask for extra time, so that I could earn more money, but now, if I want to increase my income, I just have to finish more tasks.
I can work 20 hours per week and be very satisfied with my income, but usually, I work 40–50 hours just because I want to. I work more because I love earning money, and it makes me content due to the fact that I control how much I earn, and the company.
I have been a freelancer for many years, and my income is higher from year to year. Before I got so many clients, my confidence was not my best feature, but as time passed by, I gained a lot of self-confidence because I realized people liked what I had to offer and they kept coming back. What’s more, I feel safe when I have a project throughout the whole year.
After so much time as a freelancer, I cannot even think about going back to a full-time job. I would be stressed all the time with the thought of getting fired because there’s a strong possibility for that. I wouldn’t have control over my income, and the thought of it stresses me out.
To sum up, my freelance career is safer in comparison to a job in a company where you can lose everything at once. This way, I don’t require 401(k) plan or employer’s health care insurance, I have my own plan instead. A better option for me is to call all the shots and have the liberty to do whatever I want.