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Comparing Online Freelancing to Traditional Employment
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Time and Productivity
The big draw in terms of time is the
flexibility of not having to work preset “office hours”.
And this is undeniably beneficial, especially for people in special situations,
such as those who care for kids during part of the day, or those who
have spouses with weird work schedules. On the other hand, many budding
freelancers underestimate how much time they will waste on overhead and
other unproductive tasks.
- Flexibility of Work Hours: Within reason,
you can work whatever hours are best for you. Early riser? Night owl?
- Flexibility with Time Off: As long as you
keep all of the promises you make to your clients, you can take as much
time off as you need. Of course you won’t earn money for that time
off, but it’s nice to have a choice.
- Save on Travel Time: Many full-time workers
spend 10 hours or more a week just on commuting.
- Fewer Meetings and Less Bureaucracy: You’ll
have to spend some time meeting with clients to discuss projects and
get feedback, but much less than you probably did as a full-time employee.
You also won’t have to deal with the bureaucratic nonsense that
is common especially in big companies.
- Limits on Flexibility: Most freelancers
don’t have unfettered flexibility with respect to their work hours,
because they must deal with the requirements of clients. As a freelancer
you must meet your clients’ needs, even if they potentially conflict
with your own. Clients in distant countries can make this even more of
an issue due to time zone differences.
- Time Spent Looking for and Bidding on Projects:
You don’t have to commute, but you have to spend a lot of time
looking for work; full-time employees do not.
- Inability to “Leave Work at the Office”:
A full-time job may force you to work standard business hours, possibly
with little flexibility, but in most cases you at least know that once
you leave the office, you are done with work. Not so with freelancing:
you are working from home, so whenever you’re home, there’s
a tendency to view every spare hour as one that could be spend either
earning money or looking for more projects. This is especially problematic
for workaholics, who sometimes feel like they are never off the clock
unless they are out of the house.
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