5 Reasons Why You Should Go Freelance

5 Reasons Why You Should Go Freelance

If you have read my latest life update, you know a lot has been going on in my life: getting a new job, moving to a new city, reflecting on the past, thinking about the future, etc. While I was looking for a new job, I decided I needed to do more than just applying: I started to do some freelance work. While I am now working for a London-based startup and decided to keep freelancing aside, I want to give you 5 reasons why you should go freelance!

 

1. You want to leave the corporate world
After finishing university, we pretty much all follow the same path: we apply for jobs. Some will be lucky enough to get something right after graduation, other will have to wait longer. Yet in the end, we end up entering the corporate world. We work for a bit in the same company to get experience, connections, something to add to our resume, self-develop, etc. Or just because we love it. Some people however, don’t, and will realize it sooner than later. It is not for them. Or just because they want a change. Going freelance will bring that change: you do what you love but not for a company.

2. You want to be your own boss
There are two kinds of manager: amazing or awful. Obviously the latter is the problem. I keep on hearing stories. From my friends, from colleagues, from family, etc. Everyone has, at one point in their life, worked with a manager they could not get along with. For many reasons: micromanagement, free-rider, over controlling, bullying, blaming other for own mistakes, etc. You are tired of this and you are right. Life is too short for this. Working freelance allows you to be your own boss and decide for yourself.

 

3. You want to make more money
Officially, the UK does not have a minimum wage. There are recommendations but nothing compulsory. Thus, it is up to companies to decide how much they want to pay their employees. According to industry standards and national average of course. But still, many people start with a really low salary and don’t progress fast enough. Solve this problem with freelancing. Although you still have to take into consideration your industry, field and experience, you are the one deciding on your hourly fee. Thus, you can ask for more.

 

4. You want to work from home
I have always been pretty lucky. Of all the cities I have lived in, my longest commute was 35 minutes, in London. Which is pretty good for London. But think of those people who are in the train for an hour and a half each morning? And back. Three hours that could have been spend productively working on something. When you go freelance, you work from home. You save money on the travel pass and time on the commute. Less stressful and more enjoyable. Also, I don’t know for you, but I always find that I am more productive at home where I can take small breaks and work smartly than in the office where it is non-stop for 7 hours.

 

5. You want control over your hours
When you work for a company, you sign a contract stating your work hours. 9 to 5, 9 to 6 with a lunch break. You don’t have control over it and you need to work all these hours. More is okay but less is not. When you are a freelancer, you are your own boss. You decide how many hours you want to work on each project. If you are paid by the hour, you know that working less will pay less but working more will pay more. Good incentive, right? You also decide when you start and finish. Wanna sleep in one morning? Well, you’ll work until later then. Wanna have a two hours lunch? You will work an extra hour in the evening or the next day. See, how flexible!

 

So, what do you think, considering freelancing yet? As an extra source of income or as a full-time job?

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Have you ever thought about going freelance? Have you already done some freelance work? Are you thinking about it now? What services do you think you’d offer? Any other reasons to go freelance I forgot to mention?

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73 Comments

  1. December 6, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    These are great reasons to go freelance. I have wanted to do it for a while now but I want to make sure that I don’t fail first..

  2. December 7, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Great reasons to start freelancing. I work from home now, and I love it. I was able to start homeschooling my daughter, and it’s all been one big blessing.

  3. December 7, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    I’ve had a freelance job on the side, but I make so little money from it that I can’t go freelance full time. I wish I could though, because my current job is doing my head in at the moment and I don’t make all that much there either!

    x Envy

  4. December 7, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    I’ve freelanced a lot and agree with all these! Unfortunately in America, our government just screwed over all freelancers with their horrible new tax plan 🙁 really sad that it is now a GIANT reason to NOT go freelance. But enjoy in the UK!!!

  5. sara
    December 7, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    These are all great reasons to freelance. I love this post and definite made me want to consider it for the future

  6. December 7, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Yes, I have gone freelance and I absolutely love it. Working from home at your own pace and own hours is definitely the way to go. I couldn’t imagine ever going back

  7. December 7, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    These are some great tips, I’d love to be able to freelance and not have to work a job I hate full time!

    Love, Melissa x
    Lovemelissax.co.uk

  8. December 7, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Freelancing would be amazing and is definitely something I would consider after university but not something possible right now. This is a great post highlighting the benefits of it! X

  9. December 7, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    I’ve always loved the idea of going freelance once I finish uni for a couple of years, but I know in reality it would be terrible as I’m not the most self-motivated person. I’d probably never get out of bed lol! x

    whatevawears.co.uk

  10. December 7, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    These are all great reasons to branch off and do your own thing. I would add another idea, the tax savings involved with owning your own business. Along with making more money, you can also save more money on the back side.

  11. December 7, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    These are great reasons to go freelance. Now you need another post on how to get started. It can be a scary thing!

  12. December 7, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    I have began my freelancing a lot more since leaving uni. I hope one day my design business will be my sole income! But for now its lots of grafting!

    Love this post x

  13. December 7, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Great reasons to freelance. This is not my reality yet but maybe one day. Of course I would like to work on a couple of these steps now and maybe by the end of the year it can come full circle.

  14. December 7, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    I just love these tips. I’ve always wanted to do more freelance work. I do like setting my own hours, especially with kids.

  15. Amber S.
    December 7, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    That whole list is pretty much everything I want right about now! I’ve just been afraid to step out there on my own. These are terrific reasons for me to confront my fears!

    Amber S. | http://www.thesuburbansocialite.com

  16. Jen Walker
    December 7, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    These are all excellent reasons to go freelance! I personally like setting my own hours and having more flexibility when needed because of my kids.

  17. December 8, 2017 / 2:06 am

    It is such a scary thing to do and such a big challenge but I am sure that when we achieve what we want, it must feel so rewarding.
    Great reasons to go freelance.

  18. Kaylee S
    December 8, 2017 / 4:18 am

    I agree, I too have gone freelance and I absolutely adore it. Being able to work from home at my own time and pace is definitely more my style.

  19. December 8, 2017 / 5:15 am

    I agree…that’s why I started freelancing and you are right. I am so happy I took the leap.

  20. December 8, 2017 / 8:12 am

    These are a great reasons to do a freelance work. And I know it’s tough, but it’s not impossible to work on a full day at home.

  21. December 8, 2017 / 8:14 am

    I am freelancing at the moment! I love that it gives me lots of time with my family, and I’m thankful that work is coming in steadily and consistently. Looking to build more passive income via blogging 🙂

  22. December 8, 2017 / 8:40 am

    Congratulations on your nomination. At first, I am hesitant to leave the corporate world but now I am happy. It’s been a year since I left my job and started freelancing. I am now totally in control of my time.

  23. December 8, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    These are some great reasons to go freelance, I have to admit being able to work from home on my blog has changed my whole world.

  24. Ingrid
    December 8, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    A very impressive list but the major reason I will like to work for myself is to be able to control my own hours

  25. Khushboo
    December 8, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    I too work as a freelancer.. All the points you covered is right and I agree with it.. Very informative post..

  26. Kiwi
    December 9, 2017 / 12:13 am

    All of the above is why I left the workforce. I freelance and I definitely enjoy my own hours and unlimited travel opportunties I will never go back!

  27. Ericka
    December 9, 2017 / 12:14 am

    So in the UK they decide what they pay you. I had no idea that could happen. Being a freelancer is a good idea because you decide on how much money you will make and you decide your hours.

  28. December 9, 2017 / 12:16 am

    All these points are spot on! I have Always been a freelancer, still am and loving every minute of it.

  29. December 9, 2017 / 12:45 am

    My husband has worked fro home for years and he loves just about everything about it!

  30. December 9, 2017 / 1:01 am

    I love working at home. I really never worked outside the home.

  31. December 9, 2017 / 8:44 am

    I agree — freelancing gives you so much flexibility and freedom. Not to mention there is so much opportunity in the digital age to work from anywhere! Btw, I am surprised the UK doesn’t have a min wage!

  32. December 9, 2017 / 10:38 am

    Working freelance does bring a bunch of benefits but I gotta say, at the beginning it is kind of hard, especially if you’re not like super established in your area, I think…

  33. Rosey
    December 9, 2017 / 11:56 am

    I’d love to work from home if the pay was consistent. I can’t waffle and have ‘bad pay days’ because I’m the sole bill provider…so off to a 40-hour I go. Every day. Lots of driving, for sure.

  34. December 9, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    I used to dread going to work, but now I love it. Going out on my own is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I will say you work harder for yourself, gotta hustle! Great blog post!

  35. December 9, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    Making my own schedule has been the best thing ever. I love having the freedom of going away, doing what I need to do.

  36. December 9, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    I’m not in the U.K. but the idea of freelancing is quite appealing. I always get scared because I feel in order to do so you have to be an expert in something. I’m not sure what my expertise is 🙁

  37. December 9, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    All the sound reasons:) Some people are just made for freelance/independent work, but some… well – they need a structure that someone else has created for them. But if you can, then – by all means! 🙂

  38. soonjoo
    December 9, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    I never tried to do freelance work. But I agree you can be more flexible with time and you can manage your own time that’s the best part!

  39. December 9, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    I avtually like to do both. I enjoy the steadiness I have in my life, but I leave open time for some extra things.

  40. Nicoleta Risteiu
    December 9, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    I have been wanting to go full freelance for a while, hoping it will work out in the end. The commute and boring office policy drive me to this lifestyle.

  41. December 10, 2017 / 3:41 am

    This is the reasons why i work at home. I can do more work on both home and from being a freelance.

  42. December 10, 2017 / 7:43 am

    I absolutely loved my switch from corporate world to going freelance. It was the best decision I ever made for both myself and my kiddo (and my husband too – I mean, “happy wife, happy life”, right? I love it for the very reasons you listed above.

  43. December 10, 2017 / 10:26 am

    Great post! I have never seriously thought to go freelance. well, it is kind of my ultimate goal to fund my own startup, but right now I’m full on “staying at home mom” mode, and really enjoying it. That’ll be a goal for when my children are older and start school.

  44. December 10, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    I’ve always wanted to freelance. My dream is to be able to be flexible so I can work anywhere in the world.
    I haven’t been able to travel yet and I’m dying too so that’s what I’m working on!
    Great post!

  45. December 10, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    Great tips on being a freelancer, I need to look more into this.

  46. December 10, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    What i likee to be Being a freelancer is that you hold your own time and you are your own boss. Unlike being an employee where you have to force yourself to go to work everyday even when you’re sick.

  47. Bobbi
    December 10, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Having control over your own hours is so great when you go freelance. Such a great opportunity!

  48. December 10, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    You just listed most of the reasons why I became an entrepreneur in 2012! It sounds like you knew exactly what you wanted before you struck out on your own. It takes a lot of Bravery to do so! Bravo

  49. December 10, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    I so much want to work from anywhere but it is really hard…. this is the best thing to be your own boss.

  50. Claudia Krusch
    December 10, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    I made the decision to do freelance work a few years ago and I am so thankful I took the plunge. It has allowed me to be able to work from home while my Son was little.

  51. TColeman
    December 10, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    Going freelance is such a big decision. These are absolutely some great reasons to start with to work for yourself!

  52. December 11, 2017 / 2:07 am

    I agree completely! My main motivation is my children! I love the freedom to work before the kids wake up, during their naps, and after they are asleep!

  53. December 11, 2017 / 2:11 am

    Hi I am a freelance fashion designer and I love it. I have worked for many corporations, had my own fashion line and it all was so stressful. Since doing the freelance and blogging as well, I live the dream. I am the independent type, I do not like some boss hanging over my head. Freelancing requires a self discipline, and the success does not come right away.

  54. December 11, 2017 / 5:42 am

    These all sounds very valid to me. What I really love about freelancing is the flexibility of having your own schedule and being able to set and meet your own standards. To me nothing pushes you to work harder!

  55. Blair villanueva
    December 11, 2017 / 8:29 am

    It is lovely to do freelancing but this lifestyle have lot of work to do. But I love it! Am doing freelancing work apart from my day job and eventually i will let go of ny day job. And am excited.

  56. December 11, 2017 / 11:17 am

    I’m self employed and work from home (blogging and I own my own business) – I can safely say it is DIFFICULT and I definitely don’t earn as much money as I need to. Great tips and points – freelancing can be a fantastic journey but you’ve gotta be so sure and so committed xx

  57. December 11, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    I do want to be self employed, and for all the reasons you list. It’s a big goal for me!

  58. December 11, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    This is really great advice. Freelancing can be an amazing thing to do but you have to be very committed to working hard.

  59. Ruth I
    December 11, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    I do some freelancing job and it’s not easy as what others think. I went through a difficult start but now it’s all doing great.

  60. December 11, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Freelancing has been a game changer for so many of my friends. I still work my 9-5 because I really love it but I can see why it’d be an amazing career opportunity.

  61. December 11, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    I have done some freelancing previously and it is hard work, especially as you are starting out but it is so worth it.

  62. December 12, 2017 / 2:08 am

    i never knew much about freelancing and this post is very informative 😀

  63. Siti Aana
    December 12, 2017 / 11:35 am

    I could never understand the idea of freelancing >.< your post has some great pointers for people like me 😀

  64. December 12, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    A great piece outlining exactly why I want to freelance. Also as a side note: I never knew the UK didn’t have a formal minimum wage. That’s very interesting.

  65. Agentszerozerosetter
    December 12, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Working as a freelance is the best decision I have ever made! Love how now I can organize my private life and my work simply following my needs!

  66. December 13, 2017 / 4:53 am

    Great reason and great explanation. Doing your own is something that gives you so much satisfaction that no other can.

  67. Rachael Burow
    December 13, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    These are great reasons, and totally convincing! I want to give it a shot and this post has me motivated so thank you! Love the photos and how it was written so nicely! xx

  68. December 14, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    These are some great tips!!!! I been wanting to do this forever… and hopefully it will finally happen in 2018

  69. December 15, 2017 / 4:08 am

    I love the idea of being a freelancer and making your own hours. Maybe one day it can be something I can look further more into doing.

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