As I tried to sell my prospective employers on why I was the best resource for hire, I was compelled to tantalize their taste buds with a few extra flavors of services which I can additionally and willingly deliver, as a bonus to what they were seeking.
So, I discussed social media marketing, blog & article writing, customizing employee profiles, optimizing communication channels, redesigning web pages, and as an icing on the cake, a remarkable content marketing strategy to push their content out into the world.
It didn’t take me long enough to comprehend that I have scored another client. Bidding them farewell, as I walked out that door, an epiphany hit me all of a sudden and I realized that there is a whole lot more work already waiting for me back at my workspace.
For a freelancer, life isn’t as biased and easy as it is for a full-time employee. If he wants to fish in a new client on his list, he has to go through the same process all over again; the process, you and I, can label as marketing your own deliverables.
To put it in a nutshell, life of a freelancer is not as simple as people conceive it to be.
We often find ourselves asking questions such as, what makes a freelancer put on that shining armor every morning before they wake up and get out of bed. What makes the life of a freelancer more of a challenge than an easy 9-5 job? What makes them get back on the horse every single day? What makes a freelancer rise up from the ashes?!
Let’s get down to business on how freelance vs full-time gets into action.
Freelancers Earn their Right to Stability
Question: One of the most absurd questions that most freelancers have to put up with is “how on Earth are you guys earning a stable living?”
Here’s my answer! It’s because we have earned it. A freelancer has a vast portfolio of work under their belt which they have previously delivered to a wide array of clients and customers. The portfolio has a price and the price is constant grinding and revisions to create an identity. Apparently, a full-time employee doesn’t have that sort of liberty, and even if they do get a chance to brag about their achievements, they are biased by the company’s rulebook which limits them to work with other clients externally. A freelance resource is more versatile and diverse, unlike a racing horse compelled to gallop through the same track, day after day.
So, when they say that freelancers talk less, it’s because their portfolios already speak volumes for them.
Freelancers Play the Long Shot to Earn
Question: Whether they perform up to the mark or not, an employee always gets their paychecks on time. Hey Freelancer! What’s your story? Aren’t you dependent on your client’s whim to pay?
Indeed. A freelancer is dependent on what their client chooses to pay them, but here’s the catch. They decide whether they want to work for them or not. Besides, the market is already brimming over the top with clients so much that they eventually end up doing the job on their own terms and conditions. Clients looking to outsource a resource generally do so because they aspire for quality deliverables. They want something which is off the charts and innovative, and only a freelancer can make good on it. It’s because they have the liberty to brainstorm within the comfort and tranquility of their favorite workspace. No wonder, a full-time employee at an organization works at a handsome salary with a viable amount flowing into their bank accounts every month. But, at the end of the day, it’s a steady flow of income.
For a freelancer, the sky’s the limit. Sometimes, they earn more than what half a department makes a month.
Freelancers Are Quite Punctual with Their Work
Question: Full-time employees are punctual because they always reach their workplace on time. What do freelancers have to say about punctuality? Does such a notion exist in their dictionaries?
Yes, of course. Only that a freelancer can come and go as they please and are not reined in by the formalities that plague workplaces. They are more committed to delivering high-quality work in a specified time period. This is where their punctuality lies. They believe in delivering results that are not only worthwhile but are promising enough to make your business grow. Most people say that freelancers only work when their whim fancies it, and only in their own time. Well, it’s a far cry from the truth. While their mood and desire do dictate their workplace habits, they do understand the value of time, much better than most people since they have to juggle a plethora of clients and projects simultaneously. And as far as their mood goes, they work with their own equipment, their own tools and at their own workspace!
I don’t think that they need to set the mood with that kind of personalization. Punctuality becomes second nature.
Freelancers Are Well-Socialized; In Fact, More Socialized
Question: Employees working in an organization meet one another on a regular basis and are well acquainted with each another. Since a freelancer works alone, do they get any socialization opportunities?
Even though a freelancer doesn’t attend office and cannot experience the luxury of sitting in a room filled with creative and interactive people, they are still more well-connected than most employees working as a part of an organization. It’s because:
1) They have a long list of potential clients added on their Skype network at their expense.
2) They need help from a wide array of other people belonging to different service industries.
To keep themselves in the midst of all the buzz, they often make use of different social media platforms and are active members of some of the most engaging social groups. Keeping in touch with other freelancers is what really keeps their ball rolling.
Hey, by the way, just ask yourself! If you ever need to get a task done, who will you prefer? Will you prefer to reach out to a fellow colleague who is already buried head deep in volumes of work or would you rather solicit the help of a freelancer who can get the job done for you in the blink of an eye?
Freelancers have a big heart! At times, they get your tasks done for absolutely free.
Freelancers Are Good at Keeping Themselves Managed
Question: Organizations work through a hierarchy of management. Effective management creates profound results. How does a freelancer manage himself when dealing with several clients?
Freelancers are better service providers than they are managers, and I totally agree with this. However, a freelancer can leverage a wide array of tools to keep things organized for themselves. I personally feel that TaskQue is an incredible platform to organize your workflows and deal with clients through a single dashboard. I further make use of Hootsuite to send my publications out on different channels. Besides, IFTTT becomes a handy buddy to take most of your management hassles off your back. Most of the deliverables are communicated to the clients directly, so they either connect with a project manager or overview the deliverables themselves.
For freelancers, self-management plays a significant role. It makes them more responsible.
Wrapping it up
Freelance vs full-time is not an easy battleground. Working for an organization promises a lot of benefits. You get medical and other allowances. You are entitled to a vacation package. You become eligible for a provident fund. You are permitted to seek out a loan, and much more. But, even though you have all these perks to cash in on, freelancing does have its own charms.
What does freelancing mean to a freelancer? Freelancing gives the confidence and professionalism of working with the best. It gives the satisfaction of sending away customers happy from your doorstep. There is no cap on your performance and you follow a single rule: perform better to earn better.
In the field of historically themed professional combats, a freelancer can call themselves,
Simply the Best
Being a part of an organization might give you a charm of a lifetime, but if you want to earn out-of-the-box, there is no harm in becoming a freelancer. Haven’t tried being one yet? Give it a thought.