Freelance intrigue Each sought-after specialist sometimes faces a choice – to stay in the office or to go on freelance.
How it all started
Although knowledge was considerable and a diploma with honours. But now is not about that.
When the authorities began to understand that I was already cramped in this direction, they added reading and a few more tasks in order to “refresh my mind” and take the bar higher. I am very grateful for this since communication with people and customers directly has also been added (the direct service sector has been included).
At first, it was easy to work, but difficult to communicate. All people are different, everyone needs to provide information correctly, to understand what they want – sometimes it can be so difficult that you think that you are communicating with an alien without an interpreter. But with different situations, with the help of the authorities, I began to cope. Settle conflicts, guide and convince the customer that he needed no problems (if he himself knows what he wants).
Exit Comfort Zone
But we are all human beings, and gradually everything is getting something wrong. Perhaps this is called the pursuit of the best, development, exit from the comfort zone. When I finally rested on the ceiling and realized that I was standing still, I wanted to change something. The moment of understanding has come that I love my own business, and not the office to which I am attached 5 days a week, 10 hours a day with lunch at one o’clock as all people do.
They say that when you want something badly, the Universe will contribute to this. It so happened that I became very ill. Efficiency fell, the management met me and I worked now for 6 hours, and then my partner replaced me, which I myself brought to the company. And here begins my way out of the comfort zone. The body has recovered, there is more free time to work on yourself, there is enthusiasm and at the same time, there is fear. What if it doesn’t work out, but what if I can’t do it, and what if I have pink glasses on me ?!
Here, in the office, at least stability, but so what, that no growth and prospects? But the money on time and vacation for three weeks! I hesitated for a long time and then decided to make a good portfolio in parallel (because it was undesirable to take away from the company). At that time, my friend already owned his photo studio, and with pleasure threw off a “leftist” to me, on which I filled skills and replenished my portfolio.
I found some good ones, registered. It was on our site that very evening that the first order fell. My delight knew no bounds! Yes, small, but quick, but the first positive review, it’s so cool, and it stimulates growth! Three months later, I was already in the top 10 in the ranking in my field, and after half a year – the first. Now I am in the top three. I found a reliable regular customer on the exchange and now we have a small team that we develop and grow.
And now, when I have a lot of experience, many situations have been passed, many lessons have been learned, I want to pay attention to the pros and cons that arise in the process of work. And also, share tips when switching to freelance.
Office Work Pros
- Guaranteed salary.
- Social protection and experience.
- Paid holiday.
- Support for bosses in unusual situations (you are not alone with the problem).
- A stable schedule and weekends (there is always work, and nothing will interfere with the day off).
- Teamwork and growth (up to a point).
- If you get sick, there is a sick-list, deadlines are no longer your problems. There is a replacement that will not let the company down. (but there were times that it was necessary to go with a temperature of 38.5 – just as a replacement could also fail);
- You need to go to the authorities and talk about raising the salary or position.
Cons of office work
- A stable schedule (you need to agree to take time off, leave, you can not oversleep).
- Lack of daylight (in my case).
- There is no time for self-development (because all the forces go to work).
- You can be fired or cut.
- There may be misunderstandings in the team, too picky authorities (not in my case).
- Waste of time getting to the office (for someone it is two hours every day) in the heat or in the cold.
- Constant stress (if it is a service sector).
The advantages of working on Freelance intrigue
- You choose the projects you want to do.
- You yourself evaluate your strengths and monetary reward (focus on your skills and the offer market).
- Flexible schedule (there is time for self-development, you can oversleep and work at night, the main thing is that the result is on-time).
- From the bed to work – two minutes (if there is a laptop – any institutions and
cities with the Internet are yours, a change of scenery gives its bonuses).
- Constant growth (you do better and know-how more – the circle of customers expand and the demand for your services grows).
- Regular customers (there is no need to look for more projects to earn money).
- Constant competition, which keeps in good shape.
- You need to find good sites for remote work.
- Seniority is not credited (but FOP can be registered).
- There are deadlines and no one will hedge.
- You can be “thrown” (take an advance payment for large projects – 30-50 per cent of the order amount, or a safe transaction).
- There may be no orders. Absolutely. A few months ( have a financial airbag ).
- The constant search for projects and customers (until the moment of working with customers on an ongoing basis).
- Sometimes it’s difficult to force yourself to do the right regimen of the day (and the further you go, the more difficult it is, especially after heavy workload and without rest).
Tips to help you switch to freelance
- Buy the good equipment that is needed specifically for your specialization.
- Build a strong portfolio. You do not need a lot of work, you need worthy of attention.
- Learn to communicate with people, hear them, advise and negotiate.
- Write correctly (this is your face, as is your portfolio if communication is in
correspondence). In telephone mode – competent speech and clarity of statements. Do not forget a little humour (it facilitates communication, but do not overdo it, you need balance in everything).
- Have a financial airbag for at least half a year (you don’t know how quickly regular customers will appear).
- Try to start freelancing while still working in the office (but don’t work hard, work should be fun).
- Register only on the most powerful distant labour exchanges (Google for help, I do not want to advertise them all, but you are already present on one of them.
- Do free test tasks only if they are interesting and you can then use them in your portfolio, or you are not sure of your strength for this particular project.
- If there are customers with whom you work in the office, inform them of your
- In communication, be kind and confident at the same time.
- Master time management. Make the correct daily routine (this is easier to do when there are regular customers. The first time it will be necessary to adapt to them).
- Constantly evolve. There is no limit to perfection. And remember that remote
work is the same work as in the office. With its pros and cons. In addition to it, there should be a life that is filled with joys, hobbies and relaxation.
And the most important advice – do not be afraid!
Now finding a job is not so difficult. Invest in yourself, in your knowledge, and the right people will see and appreciate you. Remember that you can go to the office at any time, good staff is always needed. But freelance gives more opportunities. Do not give up if it does not come out the first time. The main thing is to see mistakes, change tactics, but continue to move towards the goal.