10 Reasons Why I Went Freelance

Over the past several years I considered freelancing, but at the beginning of this year I decided to take the plunge and make it my main focus.

I've used to work as a Freelance Writer for a student website during my gap year, writing B2B articles on a regular basis. Then last year I signed up to work as a Freelance Content Writer for a content marketing agency, but I didn't start taking on projects (which appear sporadically) until November.

However, at the beginning of this year I thought "It's time to take the plunge and become a freelancer no matter what." For years I had never bothered to do this because I gave up on trying to get work, and I also worried about the lack of stability and certainty. But now I realise two things: first of all, there is no such thing as job security anymore, and secondly, it's time to take action and work my arse off in order to achieve my goals. If I want to be a successful freelancer, then I need to find a way to make that happen. Also, I got extremely fed up of being messed around by employers (and potential employers) and I was sick and tired of being undervalued and unappreciated. I realised months ago that if I wanted to carve out a highly successful then I would have to do it myself. I am a big believer in taking action and taking control over my own destiny, and I realised that I couldn't place my goals into the hand of others. I have very high expectations of myself and I deserve to accomplish my achievements.

Even though I freelance, I am not in full-time self-employment and I am still open to employment. Since this year, I have been working as a freelance writer. It's tough - there are downsides, and it requires a lot of hard work, persistence, pro-activity and self-motivation. However, it's been an interesting journey so far. It's a learning curve. I am still finding my feet with freelancing and I have a lot to learn so I am not an expert, but this is something I take seriously - I am not freelancing to 'pass the time.'

Here are the reasons why I went freelance.

1. I am an independent and autonomous worker
I have always been the type of person to work on my own and thrive better this way. Even at university, I hated working on group project because I always found myself getting distracted and there is always one person who doesn't pull their weight. As an introvert I need to be able to work on my own so that I can focus and complete tasks to a high standard, and working from home allows me to do that.

2. I like freedom
In employment, I worked in jobs where I felt trapped, miserable and stuck in a rut. Freelancing gives me a sense of freedom: the ability to pursue the projects I want to pursue, the chance to increase my earning potential and the ability to progress and learn new things.

3. I like flexibility
Since freelancing and working from home I have been able to network a lot more and socialise. I can work when I want and where ever I want.

Also, I can take breaks and nap whenever I want!

4. I like to be my own boss
I absolutely hate being told what to do and I like to be in control and in total charge of my working schedule, and like I said before I like to pick and choose the work I want to do.

5. I don't like office politics
I have worked in loads of jobs and work placements over the years and not every job I've had has been bad, but it's so good to not have to deal with horrible bosses, annoying colleagues, bitchiness, ruthlessness, constant put downs and comparisons, negativity and a total lack of professionalism.

6. I wanted to earn additional income stream(s)
Freelancing means that I can establish additional and multiple income streams.

7. I needed a chance to grow, thrive and progress in my chosen fields
I've worked in jobs where I felt unable to progress and share ideas, and I have worked in jobs where showing my initiative and being proactive were both frowned upon. I don't like to rest of my laurels but sometimes it is hard to progress when you are in an environment that brings out the worst in you. As a freelancer I can pursue my career goals and specialise in my chosen fields to the best of my ability.

8. I can learn new skills
One of the best things about freelancing is that I can be creative, learn new things all the time and try something new. Since I went freelance, I have:
- Learned how to edit and proofread content
- Learned how to write LinkedIn proposals aimed at companies and organisations
- Managed social media channels
- Engaged in blogger outreach
- Written different types of content
- Dabbled in HTML and CSS for blog design
- Attended educational seminars on social media, marketing and entrepreneurship.
I have also completed work placements where I learned how to:
- Transcribe interviews
- Write press releases
- Write articles from press releases, aimed at the target audiences.

9. I needed the work-life balance
When I was in a full-time job, the job took over my life and I hated that. Even though I am career-minded and very ambitious, I really don't want to work myself to the bone. I need to have a life too, yet I found myself missing out on so much. As a freelancer I work more hours than a typical job (and I don't fit into the traditional 9-5 structure anyway) but at least I have the freedom and the flexibility to socialise, network, relax and recharge.

10. I wanted to do what I love
I love writing and I have always been fascinated by the media. After issues in one of my previous jobs (where I was expected to be a full-time content machine) I lost confidence in my abilities. I know I am good at what I do, yet my creative side had disappeared and my enthusiasm for writing had been killed off. However, freelancing has ignited the spark and the passion for writing has slowly returned.

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Have you gone freelance? Would you ever consider entering self-employment? Do you have any advice for freelancers? Leave your comments in the section below, I'm all ears. :)


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