What is a freelancer? A freelancer is a self-employed person who practices one or more professions. The most common freelance occupations are writing, editing, photography, web design, graphic arts, and computer programming. Freelancers are not employees of companies, but sell or contract their work to clients. This article will look at the challenges freelancers face and help you decide if freelancers are right for you.
Working as a freelancer seems like an ideal opportunity: flexible working hours, generous pay, and a chance to adapt your career to other promises (rather than the usual opposite). However, before you decide to become a freelancer, you need to consider some factors.
Why work as a freelancer? Most of us thought at one point or another that freelancing would be a great opportunity – usually on a cold and wet Monday morning. Do not go to work on a crowded bus or sit in traffic; no boss yells in your ear to tell you what to do; in fact, you don’t have to leave the bank until 12 noon. Freelancing has many advantages, but it is not an easy choice. You need to think about why you should become a freelancer.
Good reasons for freelancers include: Family involvement – if you are caring for another person, such as a child or an elderly relative, that prevents you from working normally, a freelancer will save you time to and from part-time work and let you be able to organize time flexibly.
Extra Income – If you have already found a job but the salary is not high, and you have at least 3-4 hours a week to earn extra income, then freelancing allows you to earn extra income while keeping your current income Work.
In addition to looking at your motivations, you may also need to consider the following questions: Tax Deductions As a freelancer, you become self-employed, so working from home means you can claim a reasonable percentage of the expenses for any tax liabilities. For example, if you use a room in a house, you can request a certain percentage of cleaning costs, mortgage interest, city taxes and building costs based on your tax assessment, provided that a certain part of the house is only used for commercial purposes for a long time.
Flexible work system
If you already have a job and you are in the UK, your employer may be required to consider allowing you to work flexible hours (they do not have to approve this request though).
Can you easily focus on a project? Or are you easily distracted by small talk, TV, magazines, children or other things around you? Freelancers at home need discipline: the ability to remove all distractions and focus on the job. If you’re not particularly disciplined, you’ll find that when your boss is away looking after you, your attention is distracted by a steady stream of chores and distractions that keep you away from the computer.
If you enjoy the company of co-workers at work, freelancing at home can be shocking. Freelancers don’t have the hustle and bustle of a busy office – this can be an advantage in terms of concentration, but it can also make working hours quite lonely. If you love the company you work for and need someone to guide you, then freelance may not be for you.
If you’re still considering freelancing as an option, consider how you can replace the interaction you get from work in your life. If you have a partner, don’t rely on them to be your entire social network when they come home from work every day – you’ll have no experience to share and nothing to talk about. Join a gym, class, or group so you have the circle of friends you should have as an employee.
If you have two lively toddlers during the day, don’t mistakenly think that you can work from home in the living room. A cold garage, an attic with no windows or cluttered boxes are not good environments for working from home. You need a warm, comfortable, well-lit and tidy space where you can organize your things without (usually) interruptions. Sure, if you don’t have that space, you may have to improvise, but the most important thing is that you have a comfortable, practical, and ample space to organize your books, magazines, and notes without being covered in coffee stains or used for drawing paper. It is also strongly discouraged to use the bedroom or living room because once you are done with your work you will have nowhere to relax and you will end up feeling like you are working every minute of the day.
One of the most difficult aspects of freelancing at home is time management. Freelancers usually choose to work from home so they can adapt
working time and leisure, with certain parts of the day being reserved for work and certain parts for other obligations. If the line isn’t drawn, you’ll find small errands: ‘making the kids a snack’, ‘running to the store’, ‘checking your e-mail’ take up a large part of the day. The answer is to create a routine for your freelance work: set aside the same parts of the day for work, schedule reasonable breaks, and stick to the scheduled finish time. If possible, turn off your mobile, or use a separate number for work and private calls. Don’t forget that you need to take regular breaks from your screen for your health.
While you may be considering freelancing so you can support others, having your own support team is vital to the success of your lifestyle choice. First, family and friends need to understand your decision and know that you won’t always be available for a chat or lunch. Second, you need to realize that freelancing at home is still a job, and if your kids get sick and you don’t have help, you have to sacrifice your work time for your other obligations. Just like with any other job, you don’t get paid if you don’t work. So consider building a ‘support team’ up front – people who can help if something goes wrong. It’s especially helpful as a parent if you have backup people to pick up kids from school or care for them when they’re sick. The better your support team as a working parent or caregiver, the more likely you are to make this happen.
No work? A final but essential consideration for those considering freelancing full-time. Can you afford to support yourself when no work is available? Many freelance opportunities are seasonal and you may find that work is scarce during off-peak hours. If you need a regular, reliable income, you’re better off freelancing part-time and working part-time or full-time.