Shout out to all the Freelancers out there: You rock! We say it with pride and enthusiasm, because we know how challenging, overwhelming and unappreciated your work can be. Yet, you all have risen and proven the world that freelancing is a serious job and it takes a lot of skills to do it right. As a matter of fact, a recent large-scale survey shows that Freelancers make up the 35% of U.S. workforce. Impressive, huh? Freelancing is the future of working industry!
Now, let’s discover the top 5 perks of being a freelancer that has made the freelance industry take over the world. They are really promising and pleasantly satisfying. So, keep your expectations high and let’s get rolling.
Being Your Own Boss
Being a freelancer comes with the perk of being your own boss. How cool is that? You get to pick what to work on. You operate on your own terms and are in charge for everything single handedly. That is right; it comes with a lot of pressure and responsibility too. Yet, it still is rewarding to feel the boss.
Be it finishing work early to attend a party with friends or taking a day off because it feels like it, you are free to do it all. Have a friend visiting for the afternoon? No biggies! You can continue your work later! Feeling like raising your rates to get extra cash for purchasing that latest Iphone? No one is to stop you! You get it, don’t you?
Earning Higher Net Income
With a life of a freelancer, you don’t need to worry about asking your boss for a salary rise. As you already know, you are your own boss now. Not satisfied with your hourly rate? Go ahead and raise it. You are the only one to decide how much you charge for each hour and project. In fact, freelancing brings much more money than an average desk job does. And, that’s the top driver of freelancing, along with schedule flexibility.
Moreover, freelancers don’t have high expenditures. No daily transportation costs or additional costs for bought lunches and special working clothes. As a result, higher gross income is guaranteed. What a double win! You earn extra money and save extra money.
Having More Hours to Sleep
We bet you love to sleep. Who doesn’t, duh? In fact, Sleep plays a vital role in your mental and physical health. And, a lot of working people are struggling with getting enough sleep before hitting the road to work. 6 AM alarm clocks set! Snooze buttons hit over and over! The hunger for sleep felt again and again! They never get it enough.
Good news for freelancers, though! You can sleep and have daytime naps as much as you want. Zzz’s! You have the secret weapon of flexible scheduling, and sleep is yours. Whether you want to start working at 11 AM or 2 PM in the afternoon, it is your problem. Do whatever you want and stay in bed as much as you want, as long as you have responsibly scheduled your workload.
Working From Wherever
These days, freelancing isn’t about working from home. It is about working from wherever you want and whenever you want. Oh, autonomy! And, by saying wherever, we mean WHEREVER! Be it a local café, your grandma’s house, your patio, the local library, barber shop, Laundromat, a beautiful park or even the roof of your building: You choose the place. Find what atmosphere motivates and inspires you to work, and get going there.
As long as you meet your deadlines, who cares where you work from? Not your clients for sure! Then, what shall stop you? You can even be more adventurous and join the freelancers around the world, who consistently travel from countries to countries and from continents to continents while enjoying their remote work.
Discovering New Passions
As a freelancer, you may handle several projects at the same time from different cultures and with different requirements. Is that right? Good. Now, think about all the possibilities of learning new and exciting things while working with such diversified atmosphere. Amazing, right? That’s where and when you get granted to discover new passions of yours. Maybe, while a client assigns you, a social media strategist, to design some posts for a social media project, you find yourself actually good at designing. You discover that you love and you excel at it without having a clue about it before.
There you are! Being a freelancer also gives you the perk of constantly learning, growing and rediscovering your own skills and interests.