One of the things I love about living in such a modern age is all the opportunities we have at our fingertips. With the stroke of a few keys and click of your mouse, you can clock into a job that’s miles away from where you live. This certainly helps open the door to new career ventures.
In addition to pursuing my own self-employment endeavors, I freelance on the side for two companies (hint: this is one of them). This not only allows me to have flexibility when it comes to my schedule but also additional income which makes things like saving and investing a reality. It’s been several years since I held a salaried position for a company, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back.
After speaking with some of my gals during a much needed night out, one of them asked me a question that continues to stay with me.
Do I freelance because I have a fear of job commitment?
Honestly, my answer is yes and no.
When you think about it, the concept of job security has pretty much gone out the window. While things have gotten better in terms of the economy, that doesn’t stop companies from downsizing or letting folks go. Every week it feels like someone I know is asking about employment opportunities because their company went out of business, or had to let people go in order to save money. I’m surprised my husband has been able to work for the same company for 10 years and counting!
Like some of you, I too have experienced job loss in the past–and while freelancing isn’t insurance against it, it does help to not put your eggs in one basket. There were times when I was first starting out that were very hard. For months I thought I had a good thing only to have the opportunity blow up in my face. One of the benefits however to freelancing is you aren’t tied to a single company. This allowed me to fill any financial voids I had that made bouncing back a manageable reality. Over time you tend to build relationships that hopefully last long term.
Companies these days tend to keep an open budget for contract positions given they don’t have to provide benefits and other costly perks that come with being an employee. Freelancing allows you to work for them and on your own terms.
Another thing I love about freelancing is the ability to partner up with “dream businesses” you’ve always wanted to work with at some point in your career. No matter what industry you’re in, there’s a very good chance one of your favorite companies has opportunities to connect with creative flexibility. Sure benefits are great–and needed–but why limit yourself to a single job title if you want to cast your net?
Do I have a “fear” of working for one job? I guess you can say that, but that to me doesn’t mean it’s an overall fear of working. I commit myself to many jobs on a daily basis. Truth be told, I feel more secure in my path now than I have in my past doing the traditional 9-to-5. I know that might be a crazy concept to imagine considering there is no “safety net,” but it has worked for me for many years.
Do you think freelancing means you’re scared to commit to a single job?