2021 – Is it time for you to go freelance?
If you’ve considered working for yourself as a freelancer or consultant or perhaps even starting your own firm, the first question to ask yourself is why do you want to do so?
Or, to put it another way, why would you desire the flexibility to work at times that suit you, where you want, and in any way that you want, all whilst setting your responsibilities and work style? Why would you want the flexibility to schedule your hours around family or other responsibilities or choices, and why would you want to establish your network of clients and associates based on people you love spending time with? When you put it like this, it feels a lot more enticing.
What reasons are there to go freelance?
The reality is most likely somewhere in the middle of these two possibilities. However, focusing on why you want to quit your day job for the risks and freedoms that freelancing offers can be beneficial. Here are a few reasons why individuals prefer to freelance:
– To locate work that is consistent with your ethics and beliefs.
– Deciding to work flexibly so that you may care for a sick family.
– To live where you want – in a secluded and lovely location, with your children or animals, or to spend every day in nature. Being freelance means that you can move on a whim.
— Work only the hours that suit you, so that you can complete another significant activity, such as writing a book or restoring a home.
– To accommodate your personal mental health needs and to assist you in managing anxiety.
– Because you are very ambitious and believe that working for yourself will allow you to earn more and achieve more than working in a standard hierarchical position.
– Because you enjoy interacting with other creatives, independent people, and you don’t work well in a regular office setting.
These are only a few examples based on real-world case studies. If you’re thinking of going freelance, I’d advise you to do so because you’ll be working toward a favourable conclusion rather than away from something a situation you are unhappy with. Become Freelance to follow a dream, not to escape a nightmare. There are always other jobs and workplaces. In order to believe in and support your clients, you must first believe in your own talents, so laying out your stall from the outset – what you do, why you do it, and how you do it – will be beneficial to you.
Should you become a freelancer?
If you’re searching for a place to start, websites and Facebook groups like Freelance Heroes, The Freelance Lifestyle, and Freelance PRs**, in addition to the CIPR, are excellent resources.
Should you become a freelancer? The answer depends on what you can deliver to your future clients.
If you have a wonderful new, time-sensitive idea (for example, a freelance office that works entirely on virtual reality and artificial intelligence), you should take action quickly. If you don’t bring it to market now, it’s only a matter of time before someone else does.