By: Aubrey Smith
In life, every decision you make has a good side and a bad side and freelance is no different. You have to weigh the pros and the cons of being a freelance worker to help you decide whether it’s the correct field for you. Here are some pros and cons of freelance work that could help you make that big decision.
Let's start out with the pros
The first and most obvious perk of being a freelance worker would have to be that you are first and foremost your own boss. Granted you have clients that you will work for, you get to set the underlying rules that clients agree to; a contract of sorts. This contract outlines what the client may or may not do while you are under their temporary employment so you won’t get treated like a doormat and underpaid in the end. However, remember that you are technically their worker so you do want to give them what they want, this just assures that you get reimbursed for all of your hard work.
Ever thought about doing freelance work? Of course you have, everyone is enticed by being their own boss, making their own rules, and setting their own hours, but is it really a good payoff? Like any nine to five job, freelance work has its up’s and down’s. Here are some things to consider before you quit your job to start your own freelance work.
By: Aubrey Smith
Network and Research
The hardest part that any freelancer will tell you is starting out and getting your name out there so you can start building a clientele list. In the beginning, you’ll spend a lot of time looking for business therefore your most important asset at this stage in the game is your ability to network. As with any job, especially when you’re fresh out of college and on the hunt, the quickest and easiest way to land a good standing position is to have great personal connections. Refresh those connections by meeting up with people and send out personalized emails that let people know the business you’re working on. You also want to keep up with your social media connections via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn because you never know who’s looking. The key:NEVER STOP NETWORKING!
By now, we all know it’s not so much what you know, but who you know, better yet who knows you. Networking is just as important as your skill set, if not more important. We all know that one person down at the office… they have no idea what they’re doing, they constantly ask you for help, and it just so happens that they are related to the boss, yea I know that person too. I also know that they have used networking to their advantage.
I personally see it every day. I work for the federal government and every intern in my office, including myself, has or had a family member higher up in the same agency. That’s what I call having the “hookup.” When a job opens up, if someone you know is right there and says “I have the perfect person” you are more likely to get hired. Fortunately that’s not the only way to network or get a job.