Why we love freelance work - and why it shouldn’t scare you!

Freelancing

Why we love freelance work - and why it shouldn’t scare you!

The word ‘freelance’ is a bit terrifying; the idea of instability, an unpredictable routine, and managing your own workload is not an easy jump to make. But the job of freelancing goes back decades - if they can do it, so can you.

It’s not instability, it’s creating your own stability. It’s not an unpredictable routine, it’s setting your own pace. And it’s not managing your own workload, it’s working how and when you want to. Freelance writing offers a whole array of benefits that outweigh the uncertainty of taking that leap.

Controlling your time

Being in control of your own time is one of the best feelings when working. The pressure is gone and you can feel comfortable when starting a piece of work. This is ideal for family life, commitments, or hobbies you may have or need to work around.

Working on your own time and making your own schedule is extremely freeing and satisfying. But remember: to do this successfully, you need to have discipline and drive.

Location

A change of scenery is important when clearing your head. Freelancing gives you not only the opportunity of when to work, but where to work as well! The options are endless - you can be at home, a coffee shop, a library, or even a different country.

Travelling freelancers are a growing trend. You’re able to see the world while doing a job that your love and furthering your career. It’s a win-win! Remember, try not to fall into the rabbit hole of writing here-and-there when you can; creating your own schedule is an important part of delivering work on time for your clients.

No more commuting

This sentence is music to my ears! Forget the 7 a.m. slog of traffic, busy trains, and cold weather. Those 2-3 hours a day you spend commuting can now be spent doing something worthwhile, like spending quality time with family, finishing your chores, or even getting in some extra work.

You’ll also save money without buying new work clothes, petrol, or train tickets, or spending lunch eating out. But remember, it can be very easy to blur the line between work and home. Having your ‘home’ space and your ‘work’ space is important when making sure you switch off and relax. You can fix this by creating a specific office space in your house - even if it’s only on the kitchen table.

Decisions are in your control

As a freelancer, you get to control what jobs you take, meaning you can pick and work on things you find genuinely interesting or are passionate about. This will help the quality of your overall work and productivity because who doesn’t want to work a job they love!

Although this is a hugely positive aspect remember, there will be times when you have to take jobs you might not find as interesting to be able to support yourself, your business, and help your clients.

When we break it down like this, it doesn’t sound so bad. This company was built on the back of freelance work and we’re not alone. Who knows where this path could lead you. Do you still feel terrified?

At Coster Content, we know what being a freelancer feels like. If you’re interested in this career but don’t think you have the skills, why not take advantage of our Academy service? If you’d like to find out more, get in touch on 0161 413 8418.

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