The Internet has irremediably changed our lives. It has made us free, it has given us access to information and it has connected us with wonderful people and successful businesses. In many ways, the Internet changed everything we do – and we are more than thankful for it!
One of the advantages that come with a decent Internet speed and a laptop is that you can start freelancing online. But what are the things to consider before jumping into this? We have gathered some pros and cons to think of – so read on and find out more.
There’s a true myriad of benefits that come with freelancing online.
For once, you will never feel tied up to anyone or anything. You don’t have an employer – you have clients and you provide them with services. You make the rules of the game, and you decide when it is time to stop working with someone or when you need to find more clients.
Furthermore, freelancing online also means you can work from anywhere in the world. Always dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights? Now you can do it, and you don’t have to take two weeks’ worth of vacation days to fulfill your dreams!
Last, but definitely not least, you get to work on projects you actually like. If you have always dreamed of making an income out of writing or working with Photoshop, now it is more than possible to achieve this!
Like everything else in life, working online can also have disadvantages too – and it is highly important that you consider them before starting to search for clients.
First of all, it will not be easy. No matter how experienced you are, you might find it a bit tricky to find clients at first, when you’re only a “freshman” in the online world. So, you might find that you won’t be able to quit your full-time job right away, nor will you make a serious income in the first several months (or even years) of freelancing.
Furthermore, do keep in mind that freelancing comes with a lot of responsibility. You have to always take care of your clients and provide them with the best services on the market. You have to always search for new clients and offer them the best you have too. You have to always manage your taxes and your income in a way that ensures your safety and well-being. You have to handle your time in a way that allows you finish everything up before the deadline – even if this means you’ll end up working the nights and sleeping just 4 or 5 hours in the morning.
Lastly, freelancing can sometimes feel quite lonely. Yes, it will be huge fun to wake up whenever you want and to do your laundry while working on an awesome project. But, as the weeks and the months go by, you might start missing that office atmosphere – so be sure to keep yourself social to counterbalance the feeling of isolation!