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Blogging 101 | The Pros and Cons of Being a Freelancer

April 23, 2019

The internet has opened doors to many new income making opportunities for the average person. This means that there are many freelancers out there looking to earn a living on the internet. While it can be quite satisfying to work for yourself, there are some pros and cons of being a freelancer that I’d like to share today.

Pros of Being a Freelancer

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Easier to Find Work

Being a freelancer means that you can easily find work whenever you need it. There are many platforms online that you can fill out some questions to create your own freelancer portfolio. This is a way to put your skills and professional resume on the internet to find more work with ease.

Flexible Schedule

When you work for yourself, you can easily set your schedule to work around the best option for your lifestyle. While sure some clients may need specific tasks done at a specific time, you’re able to create an overall flexible schedule that works to enhance your productivity levels.

Tax Deductible Benefits

While different areas have different tax benefits, the overall consensus is that freelancers are able to have better tax-deductible benefits than an employee does. You may be able to use some of your rent or mortgage payment as a deduction, as well as other business expenses you purchase.

Cons of Being a Freelancer

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No Rate Guarantee

When you work for an employer you’re protected with a minimum wage law, but as a freelancer, you often get paid on a per project basis which doesn’t always match up to the minimum wage. As a freelancer, you set your own rates whether it’s hourly or per project rates.

No Group Benefits

As a freelancer, it’s up to you to figure out how to get health and dental benefits. There’s no guarantee of group benefits because you are your own boss. This can be a major con for anyone who needs health care or dental coverage to stay healthy.

Irregular Payments

Working as a freelancer doesn’t guarantee you any form of a weekly paycheck. You literally get paid when you get paid. While this can be a pro because you could make money daily, there are more often times when it’s a con because bills are due on a regular basis whereas pay is irregular as a freelancer.

There you have it, a few pros and cons of being a freelancer. While being a freelancer can encourage you to feel more confident and make more money than any other career arena, it certainly does come with some of its own pros and cons.

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  • Anosa April 23, 2019 at 11:47 am

    I think personally the cons making me too wary about being a freelancer but I guess it not for the faint-hearted.

  • Rebecca Smith April 23, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    I found myself nodding my head along with all of these – I love my job but the cons sure do make it hard sometimes.

  • Mellissa Williams April 23, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    The irregular payments is something I really struggle with sometimes. I love being freelance but it is important to make sure regular money is coming in.

  • Sarah April 23, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    I absolutely love almost everything about working for myself, it makes me happy everyday. However I do agree with you, and I hate the irregular payments and people who often want something for nothing!!

  • Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog April 23, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    We would love the flexibility of being freelance but the draw of a regular salary is what prevents us from taking the leap x

  • Samantha April 23, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    A few of my friends have recently gone freelance and they seem to really enjoy it. I’ve thought about going freelance myself, however I do enjoy working in an office surrounded by people. It might be something I consider a few years down the line.

  • nichola - Globalmouse April 23, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Yes, I agree with all of these! All said and done I do love being a freelancer though and in charge of my own destiny a bit more.

  • Melanie williams April 25, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    These are all very true! Free lancing has it’s perks but there is a lot of pressure for sure xx

  • Playdays and Runways April 27, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Not having a regular monthly income has always put me off going freelance

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