Freelancing Before Graduation? Here’s what to expect
I’ve started doing freelance work during my sophomore year and I can honestly say it is a fun work to do. Freelancing is such a fulfillment for me both monetarily and mentally. Freelancing before graduation have advantages and of course downsides too (but only few) that I would be tackling to you on the latter part of this blog.
Currently, I’m on my final semester as an IT with specialization in Digital Arts student. I have previously worked with different organizations, companies and even private individuals as a graphic artist although I’m still a student. Freelancing benefited me so much that I was able to widen my network and so much more.
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Advantages of Freelancing
- The first thing that pops into my mind when asked what are the advantages of freelancing is financial benefits. Normally, freelancers have more income potential compared to salaried employees. In freelancing, companies can charge your work as for its worth and doesn’t capped hourly. Freelance work is basically project-based one. The more technical the project has a better income potential, it all depends on the difficulty of your work and of course the effort. As for my experience, I have already gained from 4 to 5 digits and it helped me buy my “wants” and “needs” without asking too much from my parents. (Now that’s a fulfillment!)
- Secondly, you can work wherever you want when you do freelancing. You can work from the four walls of your home wearing your favorite PJs, in the library, or in your favorite coffee place. Freelancing can give you a freedom to work wherever you want for as long as you meet the deadline given by the client.
- Next is that when you do freelancing you can work whenever you want. Sometimes, productivity varies from person to person. There are freelancers who can work and think better during ungodly hours. The main point is that freelancing can give you the freedom of adjusting your work schedule to accommodate your most productive working times. Also, you have the flexibility to adjust your schedule so that you can live your life fully.
- Also, through freelancing you could widen your network. With freelance jobs, you work with different companies, individuals and organization and therefore you could build a wider network. If you work well with you client, they could refer you to another companies through the word of mouth.
- Last advantages I could think and share is that when you do freelancing, you become your own boss. Freelancing lets you do what you do best. When you’re a freelancer, you’re the one in charge of the projects you do and eventually get to build the career path that you want. Freelance work can give you the freedom of full control over the work you take on, and for whom you work.
Disadvantages of Freelancing
- One of the known cons of freelancing is that you have to deal with the inconsistent income. Compare to salaried employees, they could count on getting regular paychecks while freelancers tend to have uneven paced. One example would be for a particular quarter of the year you gained projects but unfortunately for the succeeding you could have zero projects.
- As a freelancer, you are responsible to find your own work/project at some times. Compared to regular or salaried employees, they tend to go to work and someone will just give them a work to do for a day. But once you become an established freelancer, you’ll occasionally receive an email or a call from a prospective client who has heard of you through the word of mouth, but for the most part, you as a freelance should do the work to get those jobs. There are a lot of freelance sites like Freelancer.ph, Upwork and so much more that could help you find your next client.
Overall, I see freelancing as a great way to know exactly the career path you would want to pursue eventually. Also, it is a way of testing and developing your skills as time goes by. Always remember that freelance work requires three things mainly: commitment, skills, and time availability. Lastly, never stop learning.