To Be Employed or Self-Employed? That Is The Question...

Friday, February 05, 2016

Should I go freelance?

That's the question I keep on asking myself.
I have always wanted to work for myself and be my own boss.  I hate being told what to do, and I like the idea of being in control of my career.  I like flexibility, and I like the idea of not having to spend time and money commuting during rush hour.  Why do that when I can work from the comfort of my own home?

However, I like stability, security and certainty.  I worry about going freelance in the future because I worry about the potential lack of a stable salary.  I worry about living from paycheck to paycheck, which is not what I want at all, but loads of people experience that in a job anyway.  I like the idea of knowing that I will get paid a certain amount every month, which is difficult when freelancing because some months you're well off, and other months you're not.

However, I can't help but see other bloggers doing so well working full-time.  That's amazing.  That's my dream.  I'd love to be a well-paid freelance writer and blogger, that is my ultimate goal.  I don't understand why people criticise bloggers for going full-time.  I'd rather work as a well paid full-time blogger, being my own boss, working on amazing projects and receiving the best opportunities, as opposed to working 9-5 making money for someone else.

I always thought that I could work in a job and freelance at the side.  I will be graduating from university in a few months time, and I plan on training to be a journalist or starting my career in new media.  However, I'm beginning to wonder if I will even be able to get a job.  I have always struggled to get into employment since the age of 17, and I would rather not go through that again.  Over the past few months I've been reading articles about how more and more people are becoming self-employed, and a lot of graduates are becoming entrepreneurs, and to me it makes so much sense.  Why waste time struggling to get into employment when you can create your own job?  Why struggle to work for someone else when you can work for yourself?  Why wait for someone else to give you a chance to be employed?  Quite frankly, the way I see it, if no employers out there wants to give me a chance, then I will.  I know what I'm like - I'm hard-working, proactive, experienced, ambitious, progressive, determined, driven and conscientious - but in the struggle for employment I have always found those traits are overlooked.  I know I'm capable.  It's not like I'm unable to work, but I admit I have always felt unable to fit in the traditional system of working, and I have always struggled to navigate through that.  I don't want to commute and find myself in cramped conditions on public transport every morning and every evening.  I  don't want to sit in an office Monday to Friday from 9-5 feeling bored when I could be out and about doing more with my life.  I don't want to deal with exploitation from an employer.  I don't want to deal with petty office politics. In fact, I don't want to be a part of any of it.  I don't want to be a part of the rat race.

A lot of graduates are skipping out on employment in favour of self-employment, and to be honest, I think I might end up doing the same thing.  I see the benefits of being self-employed, and the more I think about it, the more it appeals to me.

Just to add: I read this article challenging the fears of freelancing and it has kind of put my mind at ease.

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