Freelance: pros and cons


Perhaps the most important advantage is the availability of free work schedules. He decides on his own that he decides himself.
It is comfortable for someone to sleep and work until the middle of the night — a freelancer can afford it. Nevertheless, the widespread belief that a freelancer has a lot of free time is a delusion. In fact, a freelancer works as much as an office worker.

  • Projects that they will be interested in doing. This is a definite plus, as the freelancer has the opportunity not only for the sake of earning, but also for the sake of pleasure. He can charge the authorities. What he does not want.
  • Each freelancer has a certain price for their work. He says he agrees to do this or that job. The employer only accepts or does not accept these conditions.
  • Freelancer is a financially independent specialist. He receives exactly as much money for each completed project as he actually earned. No more, no less. This can happen in enterprises (for example, for a systematic delay, uncertain behavior or other oversights). The freelancer always knows that he has received his salary, and knows that this amount at the moment corresponds to his abilities and skills.
  • Freelancer has access to an unlimited number of potential customers. The Internet opens up tremendous opportunities to find customers around the globe.
  • A freelancer can combine several professions at once. If you are well versed in software, and at the same time, write amazing oil paintings, why not be a programmer and an artist at the same time?
  • When you work over the Internet (so that everyone works online), you can afford to work anywhere in the world. What is it worth taking a ticket, say, in Thailand and staying there for a couple of months? This is a great opportunity to change the situation “on the job”.
  • Freelancer can not be fired. The freelancer has never heard these unpleasant words: “You are fired!”, Which often inflict psychological shock on people and drive them into a state of depression.

However, in addition to all the advantages, there are also disadvantages of the so-called free employment. If some of the factors listed below are decisive for you in your work, then you should not freelance.

  • A freelancer in one period can have a lot of orders, in the other — not to have them at all. In a word, non-permanent employment. Consequently, a freelancer cannot always hope for a regular salary. In general, the freelancer experiences difficulties in finding customers only in the early stages of his free activity, as there is little experience and no customer base has been accumulated.
  • When a freelancer starts working with each new customer, quite a lot of time can be spent on discussing working conditions and payment methods. The employer fears that the freelancer may not provide exactly the result of the work that was originally needed, so he tries to find out all the points of interest regarding the past experience of a specialist. Not a little time can be spent on all this, which, of course, is not paid.
Working desk with blank notepad and ready to write fountain pen.
  • A freelancer always runs the risk of being deceived in terms of paying for his labor. When an employee is not documented, and his location can be quite far from the company, the employer is tempted to receive the completed order, but not pay for it. Of course, not everyone is like that, but the freelancer always has a chance to run into an unscrupulous customer.
  • Freelancer works at home and, as a rule, alone. Working in a team is attractive because in the process of working you can ask your colleagues for advice, talk to them during the lunch break, and during corporate hours celebrate corporate holidays together, or just be friends. The freelancer is deprived of such communication.
  • Working in freelancing mode can easily disorganize a person. Freelancers need to collect all the will into a fist and work, even when you do not want to. In the office, there is a boss who makes sure that you work, and it will be rather difficult to be distracted by foreign affairs. All people are lazy to some extent, and the freelancer needs to learn to overcome this laziness on their own. Although, if the work really likes and brings moral pleasure, then the freelancer may not face this problem.
  • Relatives, friends and acquaintances may not take the work of a freelancer seriously. “You’re just sitting at home and clapping something on the computer, is this work?” They will say. Not everyone understands that the freelancer also works, even at home, but this is work. And he can not afford to just take it and break somewhere, answer the phone call, just to chat or come immediately to help bring the piano to the 7th floor. The fact that people can think of a freelancer as “a person who slacks at home every day” (which is actually not the case) can morally crush and bring psychological discomfort.
  • There is another drawback, although in modern society it is already losing its importance, and for many it will not be a significant disadvantage. This is the absence of a social package. If a freelancer gets sick — no one will pay him for the hospital, if he wants to go on vacation — he will have to adjust his schedule himself so that he can afford to take a break from work for a couple of weeks. Holiday, respectively, is also not, as well as pension savings.


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