The Truth About Freelancing

The idea of freelancing can be somewhat romantic. Securing work that you enjoy when you need it, and turning down things that won’t interest you. The very thought of setting your own hours is enough to send shivers down an office-workers spine. Yet it can be difficult to find honest information about freelancing, and this can make it hard to decide if it’s even something worth looking into. So what is the truth about freelancing, and what is it all about?

What Is Freelancing?

A freelancer is someone who works independent of one single boss or manager. A freelancer instead employs a number of managers, sometimes all at once, and takes work at their own pace. A freelancer is able to offer one or more services for a fee to numerous people or companies.

What Benefit Does Freelancing Offer?

Freelancing Is useful for skilled labourers or other workers who need income generated on their own terms. The ability to freelance is no different than “picking up odd jobs”, except to say that a freelancer will generally only pick up one type of job repeatedly. Because you are not bound by a freelance job to be in the same place day in and out, it can provide more mental stimulation and job satisfaction for people who desire a change of scenery. Freelancing can also grant the opposite effect and allow people to work from home. If you were unable to work at your nine to five employment position because you were laid off or injured on personal time, freelancing could grant you the ability to stay on your feet professionally and financially.

What Doesn’t Freelancing Offer?

One aspect of freelancing that doesn’t suit everyone is a need to be self-motivated. Freelancers need a certain amount of organization and self discipline. They also need to be able to manage their time. Freelancing does not offer you a sense of job security, or a feeling of stability; it may be hectic at one time and a struggle to find work shortly thereafter. As a freelancer, you will not receive medical insurance coverage, and are therefore responsible for researching and buying your own insurance plans. The same can be said for business insurance, which you will want to purchase as a protective measure.

Freelancing work isn’t right for everyone, but for some people with marketable skills freelancing is a viable employment option.


This guest post is from Allison with BusinessInsurance.org, where you can learn more about purchasing business insurance as a freelancer.

Dean Saliba

Dean Saliba is a freelance writer, professional blogger, media enthusiast, dirty football player and huge professional wrestling fan who covers a wide range of subjects and niches including, making money online, traffic generating, pro wrestling, blog reviews, football, how-to guides, music, internet marketing and more.

10 Comments

  • You have hit the nail on the head. Self motivation is surely the biggest challenge for freelancers. At the workplace, our supervisors as well as the timely schedule of tasks keeps us from slacking off but that is missing in freelancing jobs. It’s definitely been one of my biggest problems but I am getting better at dealing with it by better scheduling of my time and setting day-to-day targets to meet.

    -Jean

    • I could not agree more, I am trying to take little breaks to see if that helps. You know something has to be done when you would rather be doing the laundry than writing an article! 🙂

  • Personally speaking freelancing has given me the liberty to work from home. It has given me an opportunity for upgrading my skills, experiment, learn and apply my learnings in the real life projects. If not for free lancing I would have been settled myself with a 9 to 5 job. And thanks for the great article.

  • What an interesting post! Very well-said. Indeed, freelancing has been an ongoing trend these days. Like in my case, I get to work in the luxury of my own home and I get to stay with my family. Now, I don’t miss any important events or holidays since I can schedule work in my own prerogative. I would like to commend you for this wonderful website that you have.

  • It’s true that freelancing is not for everyone. It’s for individuals who have patience, self discipline and passion to their work. Freelancing might sound like a short term job however if you’re good enough, you might get a full time contract with your employer.

  • I think any sense of romance in freelancing is lost once the honeymoon phase is over. Suddenly you realise that not having a boss just means that you are the one who needs to worry about your performance all the time.

    • This is something I was talking about only this morning. I find that not having a boss to keep me in check means that I slack of a lot and struggle to find motivation to work. 🙁

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