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Freelancing Pros and Cons (& How to Turn Disadvantages Around)


Freelancing is popular, but it's not for everyone.


Freelancers often have to deal with the disadvantages of being self-employed and working alone.


However, freelancers can also turn these disadvantages into advantages! In this blog post, we'll cover the pros and cons of freelancing - including how you can take advantage of what might seem like an obstacle in order to be more productive.


Advantages of Freelancing


First, let's list out the advantages of freelancing:


  • Call your own shots (you decide everything --from your personal branding to your prices; from clients you choose to work with to the actual work that you'd like to do).

  • You'll end up making a lot more than your regular job (Depending on how you approach freelancing, how much you hustle, your personality, your style, the work you do, and the market you focus on

  • You can be truly location-independent (especially with any kind of digital work -- work done on the computer -- you might do. Most applicable to freelance writers, freelance designers, freelance developers, and more).

  • You have the freedom to work at time blocks during the day that you are most comfortable with.

  • You get to work in your pajamas (or shorts and t-shirt, or whatever you're most comfortable in) if that's what it takes.


Now, here are the other aspects of freelancing that you might have to deal with:


Disadvantages of Freelancing


Regardless of what you've heard, it's not all walk in the park when it comes to freelancing.


If you are just starting out and looking for freelancing opportunities, it could be overwhelming for you.


For those who are already doing freelancing, they might be doing "something" but it might not be the best you could be doing.


Even for those freelancers who've already hit the upper ceiling of freelancing, you can very imagine that they can only do "so much".


Apart from the above, here are some disadvantages of freelancing:

  • You are responsible for everything (from sales, marketing, doing the actual work, getting paid for your freelancing work, and more). Earning much less than you thought? You are the reason for that.

  • The primary aspect of success in freelancing has a lot to do with the number of projects you can get. Not everyone does that well enough.