26 May

Moving on and living in a digital world has led to many professionals eloping from the traditional 9-5 office work, as they switch to freelancing. Is it just the idea of being flexible without being office-bound and one being their own boss that has shown such a huge shift?

A freelancer is a self-employed individual who offers services, often working on several jobs for multiple clients at one time. A good way to make more money while working on your terms, sounds good right? In today’s blog, UASA IP has put together a few advantages that come with being a freelancer, some positive thoughts that may come in handy in your decision-making process if you are looking to go into freelancing.

You determine your income

Since you don’t earn a salary, you get paid per job or project you complete. It is up to you to determine your rate and depending on your experience and quality of work, you can charge more over time.

No rule book determines how much a freelancer can charge for their work, but each industry has its general rates guidelines, and you must be aware of these guidelines. In the end, it is for you and your client to agree on, with or without negotiation.

You get to be your own boss 

The interesting thing about freelancing is that you are your boss. You get to choose and be in charge of your working hours, workload, and rates for your work. This is a great work setting for people who like flexibility in the work environment and when they work with people. You can work in your own time entirely. The same goes for the amount of time you work. You get to entirely determine when you work based on your needs and desires.

Ownership to your work

When you work as a freelancer you get to take and claim ownership for your work unlike when you work for a company. If you come up with an amazing idea while working in a company, you can get internal credit but often, the credit goes to the company (score for them). But when you work for yourself, you get all the credit for your ideas and work – as it should be. This is why you need to get familiar with copyright laws and make sure you protect your intellectual property.

You can be yourself

If you are self-employed, you represent yourself, and not a company or other employer. You don’t have any restrictions regarding things like your clothing style, or where you work. While you still need to be professional, you can do that in your style and time. You are not forced to wear heels or a formal shirt and tie all the time. Rather you can just be representable during your work hours.

If you are keen on becoming a freelancer, then you need to start now by working your way in the industry that you are interested in and invest in building contacts and clients. This will give you some financial stability and security as you find your way to becoming a guru in the freelance world. Once you start to make a name for your freelance-self and get regular clients on board, then you can consider going full-time building on your experience, reputation, and a solid network.

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