Should I switch to freelance: pros and cons

Freelance and project work are the professional future of society. According to


LinkedIn, by 2020, 43% of working US citizens will be freelancers. By the same year,

every fifth

employee in the world will be a freelancer. We talk about the pros and cons of freelancing and understand if it is really good to work under a palm tree on distant islands.



You won’t have to go to the office.

According to


, 78% of freelancers work at home and only occasionally go out to cafes or coworking. One of the main advantages of freelancing is that you are not tied to the office and schedule from nine to six. You can get enough sleep (but it depends on your mode), get up without an alarm clock and build your own schedule. You will love people and public transport when you stop pushing the subway twice a day at rush hour.


You will save on travel and food.

Lunches in a cafe, take-away coffee and money to travel to the office and back "eat up" a decent portion of the budget. One lunch and coffee outside the home cost an average of 700 rubles a day. That is, a month you can save about 15,000 rubles. Good news for those who don’t like to dress up: freelancers do not need to buy office clothes (what could be more beautiful than working in pajamas and slippers?).



You will have to learn self-organization and time management.

At freelance, you are personally responsible for your work. If at home you are irresistibly drawn to lie on the couch and watch TV shows, you have to get out to a coworking or other disciplining workplace. It is important to distribute your strength throughout the day and set aside time for household chores so that you do not want to wash your clothes or mop the floor when the messenger is torn from client messages.


You will not have a weekend. Many clients require freelancers to always be in touch.

If there is no such requirement, you will still be pulled on Saturday and Sunday. Not because employers are harmful, but because they themselves often have problems with organizing time. So you need to be prepared to work without a full weekend (but you can’t neglect vacation anyway).



You can work from anywhere in the world. When you need only the Internet and a laptop to work, life becomes easier.

About 80% of freelancers have ever


work and travel. True, this requires a certain endurance and self-organization: to sit down at work and concentrate when the ocean splashes nearby and the tropical sun shines, is not so simple. Freelance is the best option for those who like to travel a lot and can not stand the monotony.


You can work in several projects at the same time. According to the


of the NAFI analytical center, in Moscow 20% of employees earn only by freelance.

Most of all freelancers


in the areas of design, copywriting, advertising, consulting and development. However, there are many areas in which freelance is not possible at all. The number of freelancer projects depends only on how much he is willing to work. Different tasks and clients are interesting, while in a busy schedule it is difficult to fully relax.



You will have more responsibility.

Register your activity, observe deadlines without bosses, report to the tax, not to forget about projects, if there are a lot of them, all responsibility is only for you.


You will not have a fixed salary and stability. Transfers to the card twice a month will remain in the past. For large projects, employers can pay in installments, so the flow of money will be irregular. In 2018, PayPal


11,324 freelancers and found out that 58% of them were not paid by customers.

Half of the 5,000 freelancers surveyed in the United States


that they were detained for a fee. In Russia, the problems are the same: the client can cheat and not pay (immediately evaluate the adequacy of the employer) or pay with a long delay.



You can earn more than in the office. Work outside the office

increases productivity

, so it’s quite possible to earn more than average. It’s easier to work more efficiently and deal with several projects at once, when there is no office noise, pressure from superiors and useless tea gatherings with colleagues.

How much you can earn depends on your skills and occupation. For example, one of the job search services said that their freelance recruiter

was able to earn

2.8 million rubles in one month. And 33% of Moscow freelancers


from 60,000 to 120,000 rubles, 25% - more than 120,000 rubles a month. In Russia, the figures are slightly lower.


You will have time for sports and family. Working in an office in a big city means spending 1-2 hours a day on the road (at best). During this time, you can go to the gym, go for a run, play with your child, cook dinner or read a book. Freelance is often chosen by people who cannot work full time far from home: young parents or those who are forced to care for relatives.



You will lose bonuses from the company.

About insurance, sick leave, premiums and office cookies, too,

will have to

forget. But if you wish, all this can be organized independently: get an insurance policy and reward yourself with a pleasant job for something pleasant. But if you get sick, you don’t have to waste energy and go to the clinic to take a sick leave for the personnel department. And cookies are always tastier in your kitchen or in your favorite cafe.


You will move less.

Freelancers risk falling into the cycle "Bed - table with laptop - bed". A working routine must be diluted with walks or workouts. Walking increases


, and physical exercise





You will be less likely to communicate with people. Freelancers are single employees.

Such employment is well suited to introverts who quickly get tired of contact with people. When work takes almost all the time, there is a risk that you will only communicate with your computer. Hobbies will help you here: if you like to run, go to a running club to train and talk with like-minded people. Interested in IT - attend interesting conferences and lectures.


You have to prove your professionalism every time.

Over the years of working in one company, your colleagues and management will recognize all your strengths and weaknesses. At freelance, each new client does not know anything about you. Each customer will need to talk about their experiences and provide examples of work. To consult with colleagues or ask a manager on freelance also does not work out - you have to deal with everything yourself.



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