Reasons to Go Freelance
For some economic analysts, the downturn of 2008 created the worst recession in a generation and put many people out of work. This time, everybody was affected from factory workers and the highly qualified alike. Yet the last few years have seen an unprecedented number of start-ups, particularly in Generation Y and people who are far enough off of retirement to not want to take it early, and a group of people fresh out of university whose only options were unpaid internships and jobs for which they were vastly overqualified. Instead, they tried a different route and saw plenty of reasons to go freelance.
Many people feel limited in their work, that their regular job never really allowed them to express themselves or their creativity. This can be particularly impairing if your skills or qualifications are creative in nature: graphic design, creative writing, CAD, illustration and photography. Even jobs that allow a degree of creativity may limit the employee in terms of their job role. A games designer for example may be employed to write code but may have skills in graphic design that they may not be able to explore otherwise.
The ability to work outside the boundaries of what you are employed to do is one of the major reasons to go freelance.
In a generation where money is far less important in a job than satisfaction, feeling rewarded, the sense of achievement and other things that cannot be quantified, people are giving up lucrative jobs in order to expand their scope either for later down the line or permanently. It is a regular thing now to hear “I wanted to get out of the rat race”. You may not have had the chance to learn new skills in a regular job and those who crave a challenge and are eager to learn often cite this as amongst their reasons to go freelance. Often, people do so simply to feel rewarded from having learnt a new skill when they no longer do so in their regular work.
Your Own Boss
Most people secretly crave being their own boss and answering to nobody and this is often amongst the primary reasons to go freelance. The Monday morning commute is universally reviled and with freelancing, that is a thing of the past when you can work from anywhere: home, the library, on the train or even in the coffee shop – where you want and when you want. Being your own boss means you need to be CEO, accountant, marketing manager, chief buyer and head of logistics all in one role. Though some may find this overwhelming, the flexibility of having all of these roles teaches new skills.
The reasons to go freelance are not always entirely about work. Some people have other commitments such as children, they may be a registered carer or themselves be registered disabled, a second job – something else that has grown in recent years – or otherwise have important extra-curricular activity that means they can’t fit their life around work. With websites offering work for hire for even simple data entry jobs, freelancing need not necessarily be limited to the creative services.