Quitting 9 to 5 Job, Freelancers, And Nomadic life
The word "freelance" is becoming more and more popular nowadays and is gaining a much broader sense of interest than it had a couple of years ago. Some people still ask: "what is freelance?", "who are these freelancers and what they do?". Sounds funny and wild for people who are already freelancers, but people still questioning this way of living and doing business.
What it's all about?
First of all, It gives you awesome benefits. You can find your dream job while sitting on your couch.
You can work and collaborate with people around the world. It's no longer necessary to move somewhere in order to change your career path unless you just want to change your location and surrounding.
People have become more and more nomadic with the development of the Internet and other technologies. You no longer need to live in one place to operate a business or do work for someone. Many people can do their jobs while traveling around the world. Some people even start their own companies on the go. Freelancing is, therefore, getting a more and more serious status among workers.
I remember when I started working as a freelancer. Many people thought that it was temporary, non-serious work. My grandparents told me to find a real 9 to 5 job to earn real money. They didn't understand what is freelance. To be honest, I didn't understand it completely either, but something inside told me that working a 9- to-5 would not be okay with me and that my life could be more interesting. I decided to give freelancing a try, and I do not regret this choice.
I tested the freelance concept by pausing my other career plans. I had initially found an interesting full-time position in a start-up where I had worked for almost a year. Long story short, I quit.
9 to 5 Job
Working 9 to 5 is a concept that I no longer understand. When working in a 9 to 5, I didn't feel that effective during my workdays. For me, the most annoying thing was that every day was similar to another. Once I had more freedom, I started browsing my photo archive; I loved that I was independent in making my decisions. If I just wanted to go somewhere, in a week it became real. No vacation requests, no bureaucracy, and limitations in terms of allowed 24 vacation days per year. You just buy tickets, get a visa if you need to, and go. Whenever you want. You can make that decision without asking for anyone's permission.
I believe that nowadays, this kind of freedom is more valuable than having a house with a mortgage for 20-30 years or having billions in your bank account and being responsible for that.
Pros and Cons of Being A Freelancer
Being a freelancer entails a certain kind of responsibility. You can't drop clients and not deliver the work you do just because you don't want to. However, you get to decide what you do and why you're doing it. You manage your work and your life in the way you see it. Of course, we may make mistakes, but if we have the right attitude, then we learn from them.
As a freelancer, you're earning what you selling. In most cases, you do not have a monthly paycheck with the same sum. Your income depends on what you have done and how you've closed your deals. Additionally, there's no limitation on how much you can earn. You could earn three, five, or even ten times more than a normal salary. However, you could earn less. It's all depends on you and how you manage your work.
When you receive a salary, you get the same paycheck each month. You can do more or less work, and no one cares - it's not reflected in your pay. It's hard to be effective and raise your personal standards within a system like this.
When you earn what you deserve, you have the motivation to be effective. Your income and time that you spend on work are quantifiable, and the outcome is directly related to the input. As Peter Drucker said, "What gets measured gets managed."
However, money is not the only motivation. Especially, if you are a creative freelancer.
Sometimes, working on 9 to 5 job creates limitations on the work that you do. Every company and even most start-ups have their own culture and style. For the sake of consistency in design solutions, you can't experiment too much, or, for example, you don't have time to try different ways of solving the same problem because of fitting a design chunk into a sprint. You need to deliver your work on time so that development can be started as scheduled and users can receive their updates without delays.
Salaried jobs have a learning process as well. You become more responsible in your work and learn to collaborate with a team, but I think this kind of process has less soul. It's less creative, and it's less artistic. I say this from both UX and design points of view.
Freelancing can be viewed from different points of view, and it applies to more and more types of work nowadays. I can't tell you that this is the right thing for you, but I can suggest that you give it a try.
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