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Facts You Need To Know About Freelancing

Before you toss your alarm clock and quit your day job, here are some facts about freelancing you should know.

New freelancers should be aware of what to expect before they commit themselves to full-time freelancing or sacrifice other forms of income to work for themselves. These are just a few of the things you can expect as a new freelancer.

Freelancing is not easy

While it may seem simple enough to do what you love on your own schedule, freelancing is not an easy career path. Freelancers often work much harder for the same amount of pay they could be earning in a regular job. At first, you will have to put a considerable amount of effort into finding the work. Once you find the work, you must communicate with your clients to ensure you know exactly what they want. When it finally comes time to actually get down to work, you’ve already put a lot of time into the project, and you’re still just getting started.

You’re your own boss

While you may not see a down side to being your own boss, it isn’t always a walk in the park. As I mentioned before, you will have to perform the duties necessary to line up work and get the details straight. It doesn’t stop there. You have to hold yourself accountable. If you simply adopt the idea that you can work when you want and when you have some free time, you will never be able to supplement full-time income. You need to be able to get yourself out of bed in the morning and discipline yourself to work during set hours of the day in order to be productive as a freelancer.

Freelancing takes more time

In most cases, beginning freelancers need to invest more time to gain less pay. Without an established reputation or reliable client base, the chances of you becoming rich overnight are slim to none. You will need to work hard to make a name for yourself before you can earn a higher rate of pay. That being said, it’s difficult to expect to be able to finish what needs to be done in just eight hours per day. Freelancers often find themselves having to continue working until the job is finished, no matter how long it takes.

Learn to say no

In the beginning, you may need to take every job offer that comes your way. However, once the work increases, you will need to learn how to say no. If you accept every job offered, you can find yourself overwhelmed and bogged down. This can not only threaten the quality of your work, but it can also affect your dependability and cause you to get burned out easily. If you are currently working on a project that’s taking up most of your time, accepting an additional time consuming project is likely a bad idea.

Freelancers can become very successful working for themselves. However, the misconception that freelance work is an easy alternative to a regular job is entirely false. In the most favorable cases, freelancing is taken on as a hobby or for part-time income in the beginning. In essence, living on freelance wages from the start is very rare and should not be relied upon.

Cover image and top image from Shutterstock.

This is a cross-post from Creative Agency Freelancing.

Author Jason Harter enjoys freelancing and blogging. He is a contributing writer for grouphealthinsurance.org.

Creative Agency Freelancing was started by Mark Bowley, a freelance graphic designer in the UK who has been working for London design and advertising agencies for over 14 years. Creative Agency Freelancing is designed to provide ideas and tips to help professionals who work freelance at design, advertising and marketing agencies.

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