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Comparing Online Freelancing to Traditional Employment
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Work Environment

An online freelancer’s work environment is completely different from that of a full-time employee. Whether this is good or bad depends a lot on your personality.

Pros:

  • Work from the Comfort of Home: Many people find it much more comfortable to work from home, compared to an office. You can set up the work environment you like, and with a proper setup, it can be much easier to concentrate on one’s work. This is especially the case since the rise of cubicles, which often impede concentration and reduce productivity.

  • Solitude: Freelancers work by themselves most of the time, which is great if you’re an introvert. If you’re an extrovert, see below.

  • No Annoying Co-Workers: Have you ever worked a full-time job where you didn’t have to deal with at least one incredibly irritating co-worker? Not me. As a freelancer, you won’t have any co-workers.

  • Flexibility for Special Circumstances: Some situations that make full-time employment difficult or impossible are quite compatible with freelancing. Examples include people who require special medical attention, mothers or fathers supervising young children, and those who live in remote areas.

Cons:

  • Work from the Discomfort of Home: The advantages of working from home disappear quickly if you don’t have a good work setup. Many people can’t afford to set up a dedicated home office, and may find themselves wedged into a corner of a bedroom trying to get their work done with limited space and many distractions. Some people’s houses can be noisier than any office, reducing productivity. This is especially common if you are trying work in a house with other people around who are competing for your attention—and “double especially” an issue if any of those people are children.

  • Solitude: Freelancers work by themselves most of the time, which can be a problem if you’re an extrovert. If you’re an introvert, see above.

  • Freelancing Marketplace Hassles: You avoid annoying co-workers but have to deal with occasionally significant annoyances in using freelancing sites.

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