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Work Quality and Variety

In theory, freelancers have much more control over the type of work they do, and they also get more variety in their work. However, they don’t always have as much control over their work as some non-freelancers imagine, and they also must spend time running and building their businesses.

Pros:

  • Choose Your Projects: As an online freelancer, you can take the projects you like and skip the ones you don’t. This is particularly advantageous for professions where there are several related tasks but you really enjoy only some of them.

  • Greater Variety of Work Assignments: Most freelancing projects are relatively short in duration, especially compared to ongoing tasks in a full-time job. This is great for people who get bored of anything if they do it for too long (such as myself).

Cons:

  • Must Find Your Own Projects: Freelancers have to find their own projects. The more choosy you are, the more time it can take to find projects that are a good fit. Better projects also tend to attract more competition.

  • Doing Projects You Don’t Like: Most freelancers don’t have the full control over the work they do that they imagined when they started out. Sometimes they take a project and it involves some tasks they like and some they do not. During dry spells, freelancers may also have to take projects they dislike in order to keep the cash flowing. I’ve also in the past done work I didn’t like because a good client I had needed it done, and I felt it would be bad for my long-term relationship with the client to turn it down.

  • Running the Business: Even if you are lucky enough to really only work on projects you like, as a freelancer you won’t be just working on projects 100% of your working time. You have to spend time on many other activities as part of running your freelancing business.

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