Since 2016, I started taking up freelance jobs writing teacher’s guides and teaching resources for different companies. The pay is not great but I wanted to do it for the experience and exposure. I also started doing private tutoring in 2018. It’s not easy working freelance and there are various pros and cons to it. I just want to share some of those with you in this post.
- You set your own working hours.
- You can work anywhere – at home, in a cafe, at the library, while you travel (though I’ve never really done that efficiently).
- You can pick and choose the projects you want to work on (depending on how much you need the money).
- You can pursue other passions and interests while working freelance.
- You have more time (if you can manage your time effectively).
- You can travel more and avoid the peak seasons.
- You can challenge yourself and try different things.
- You can build your own brand or name for yourself.
- You can set your own fees and prices for the specific services that you offer (i.e. tutoring).
- You don’t need to worry about office politics.
- You could have long periods of down time where no one is offering you any jobs or projects.
- You could suddenly be working several projects at the same time or be given a tight schedule.
- People can contact you at any time as there are no set working hours.
- You rarely meet with other people face-to-face and communicate mostly via email, phone calls or text messages (this was originally a pro for me, as an introvert, but it’s hard when you can’t discuss with anyone about what you’re working on).
- People often expect you to be free since you do not have set working hours and suddenly give you a project that they need to be completed in a few days. (Friends or family sometimes also have the same expectation.)
- You become a back-up when someone else drops out of a project.
- You constantly need to negotiate for a better fee or timeline. They always say they have a small budget!
- You only get paid after you have done all the work and they sometimes get delayed or held up in the accounts department.
- You need to convince people to hire you or pay for your services (i.e. tutoring).
- You sometimes lose motivation, don’t manage your time well and procrastinate, feel guilty whenever you are not working.
Do you have similar experiences? What other pros or cons do you see or experience if you work freelance? Or do you have any suggestions on how to have a good work-life balance as a freelancer? Please share with me in the comments!