even with more and more creative people starting to work for themselves and starting their own hustle, myths about freelancing and freelancers are still around.
“oh, you get up when you want and work the hours you want?!”
“that’s so cool, you don’t even have to worry about a boss!”
“hm, are you even capable of making sufficient money?” ahah, please.
“when are you getting a REAL job?” that one still hurts.
Freelancing is not like starting your own business.
Freelancing is starting a business. For consistent part-time freelance workers, and especially full-time freelancers, you’ll have to run everything that consists of running a business. Paperwork, marketing, contracts, taxes, dealing with clients, all that. Not just doing your thing, design, illustration, video,…
There aren’t meaningful career opportunities for freelancers.
According to Upwork, and Freelancing in America 2018, 72% of the active freelancers say they have the amount of work they need or want, sometimes even more – resulting in setting up your own team or growing into an agency. There are also big companies hiring online, companies like Google and Facebook often hire freelancers from outside of their offices, just like getting a job there you have to be the best of the best.
Freelance workers are introverts.
It is true that the majority of freelancers work from home, at a coffee shop, or a co-working space, etc. So we often think that freelancing would be perfect for a shy person. In reality, this isn’t quite true. Freelancers will have to run everything, that means they are their own marketing team, and the face of their brand. Freelancers need to work really hard to build their client base, just like any other business owner, that means building relationships. Whether you’re starting a business or trying to keep a side-hustle, you’ll need to get out there!
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Freelancers don’t earn enough money to make a living.
Again, according to Upwork, and Freelancing in America 2018, 64% of upcoming freelancers expect their income to increase in the coming year. This comes from those who left a job to start their freelancing career full-time. A designer working in a standard agency often makes less than a successful freelancer. If you’re good at what you do, you can do it on yourself and earn a lot more.
Everything is great because you do a job you love.
Running a business is stressful, freelancing is running your own business so, freelancing is stressful. You’re not working just one role, you have to do everything. Your main activity, plus, marketer, accountant, secretary, etc. Unless you have the possibility to hire for some of these positions while freelancing you’ll have to do everything. This can be very stressful to handle all at once, but if you do, it will be highly rewarding.
There are for sure a lot more. Freelancing has been around forever and it still feels like a “new thing”. We just need to be patient until it becomes a standard just like any other career path. Learn how to shut off those comments from family and friends, that might trigger you, and when possible explain them your side.
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