top 5 reasons why freelancing is a proper job

What to say to your Grandmother when she asks when are you going to get a proper job? The world has changed but some are slower on the uptake and still think that freelancing and working from home isn’t proper work (FYI, we’re not saying your grandma is slow). Still holding to the view that a job should be 9-5, smart suit with polished shoes and the longer you stay with the firm the better! We exaggerate, we know long-term service is no longer a reality and more’s the better for both employer and employee, but how do we explain our freelancing choices to those that remain in ‘conventional’ jobs and seem to have a view that freelancers have checked out from the real world and are taking an easy option? We share our top tips on how to explain to your Grandmother that freelancing is a proper job and one she’d be proud of. 

5 top reasons why freelancing is a proper job


1. I’m skilled at what I do... 

We’re making some assumptions here as you’re part of the fivesquid fam; one: that you’re a top notch freelancer and two: an expert in your field… soz for pointing out the obvs. If you weren’t, this wouldn’t be a career choice you could sustain for any amount of time. Repeat customers and referrals are life to all freelancers and, quite simply, if you’re not up to the job then you’re going to become unstuck pretty quickly.  


2. I effectively run my own business...

All you need to say as a freelancer is I’m in fact running my own business, albeit a very small one. You’re responsible for everything from administration, financials, sales, marketing, IT, HR (yep, you need to consider your welfare, development etc) and of course you also need to service your clients the actual work you’re being paid for. Sounds like a real job to us and a tough one too… the fact that some days you may not have to brush your hair, well that’s a personal choice. 


3. My overheads are low…if I want them to be… 

Your fees should cover any variable costs associated with offering your services/products and, other than that, your fixed overheads as a freelancer should be incredibly low, and a lot of them can be offset against your income tax. Choices are entirely yours if you choose to have an at-home office, change up where you work (coffee shop etc) or if you feel you need to have those around you perhaps a co-working space (we’ve got some recommendations on co-working spaces in this post) - this expense is entirely up to you. 


4. I can find more time for....

Anything you like. The biggest benefit of freelancing is working when it suits you and, yes, you have to factor in your clients' needs, but you control your working day. If you’re an outdoors type, you could fix your timetable around the weather forecast or perhaps you can visit grandma for afternoon tea mid- week … if you wanted to!


5. I answer to me…

All of the above illustrates that the best thing about freelancing is that you answer to you. Yes, it’s clear you need to service your clients so you do answer to them, but you are very much at the controls… master of your own destiny, and who would argue with that.  

 


Hopefully you can now convey that freelancing has massive benefits, but it’s not for everyone and to be successful at it you need not only to be good at what you do, but also be driven, organised and personable, amongst other traits - all things that would make any grandmother proud; but not so proud that she stops sending you the birthday cheque, though it might be worth showing her how to use mobile banking! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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