It has become a new trend for millennials to choose to work on the internet as freelance workers. For the first time in Africa, many employers will be considering this option as the current pandemic has forced them to do a test run on the possibility of staff working from home or anywhere else to that matter.
Employees, on the other hand, are having a feel at a nomadic lifestyle as they are able to perform their duties even while they are far from their places of work, makes me think that this could actually be a cause for delocalization.
As a person who has been working from home for a while now, I thought I should let you know what you may be looking forward to should you choose to work as a freelancer.
The one advantage of working away from the office is that
you have the option of creating your own schedule. The objective is to have the
work done in good time. If that is done; no one cares if the job was done in
the middle of the night or during the known working hours. You chose when to
work and when to have some free time
A majority of people desire to have control of what jobs they are doing, that’s why we have dreams and pursue different career paths. As a freelancer, especially an experienced one, you get the privilege of choosing what job you want to do and rejecting the job that you dislike.
Get paid your worth
While the revenue at the office may be split for bills and
all employees’ salaries, a freelancer is able to receive full payment for a job
well done. Usually, this amount could triple what an employed fellow would make
over the same job.
Getting full payments for jobs also means that you will have
to take care of your own deductions which may include taxes, insurance, and
This is just one of the cons of working as a freelancer. As
an employee, the employer usually takes care of these deductions, but as a
freelancer, you have to do your own calculations and set reminders to make
Other disadvantages of working as a freelancer include;
Work overload and work reduction
One day you could have an overload of work to do and the
next you could have nothing on your pipeline. This interprets to payments as well.
Freelance work, therefore, requires financial discipline so that the good days
may cater to the bad ones.
Don’t work don’t get paid
You will always have to be on your toes, unlike employees who expect a salary at the end of each month no matter how well or bad the month was, a freelancer’s daily activity determines just how much they get at the end of the month.
Have you thought of working as a freelancer? Many people take their time to consider if this is an option that will work for them. Am sure there are many other advantages and disadvantages of working online.
Let me know, what scares you the most about being
self-employed as a freelancer? What do you admire about freelance working?