Aside from being able to work from home and reporting to work at your own terms and being your own boss, there are many hidden advantages in freelancing as a designer or developer. The things that you’ll find useful for your future can be acquired as you progress through your freelance career.
1. Set your environment up for success.
If your day job requires you to work in a station, it can be incredibly difficult to take full control of your office space. As a freelancer, you have full control. You can very easily set yourself up for success. You can do things such as shutting off your office phone and isolating yourself to help improve productivity. You can also surround yourself with things that help inspire you so that you can get that extra advantage over a typical office worker.
2. You have a stronger source of inspiration.
By not having to stay at an establishment and staying stationary, your mind can be refreshed if you are a creative nomad. By exposing yourself to different environments and settings, you can begin to think differently about the way you work and how you can tackle a particular project.
3. Free Services
Maybe, not entirely free services, but if you are open to the idea of not being compensated monetarily, maybe you can instead get a particular service for a discounted price. Maybe you can get free laundry cleaning from that laundromat you have been doing web work for on a regular basis. Your clients will most likely be okay with an idea like this since they won’t have to reach in their pockets and can instead provide a service that may not cost them as much on their end. If you can cut spending on a regular service or product that you typically purchase, it can be a bit rewarding to get it for free.
4. Learn Business
Not only will you be forced to learn how to run a successful freelancing business, but you will be exposed to different industries and how they run their business in terms of learning how to reach objectives. Unlike a typical worker, you will learn business a bit quicker since you will be working alongside people with similar goals working within different business models.
5. Network Growth
Something that a stationary designer cannot do as effectively is increase their network. As a freelancer, it is easier since those who will want to keep you on speed dial will most likely be other businesses. Businesses would much rather keep contacts of freelancers because they pretty much work like them and will have the time to deliver quality work unlike a 9-to-5er. You will be able to get referrals from people in different industries which is a huge plus.
There are many things that one can find as they progress through their freelancing career. They are things that can make your life easier and can help you in your future endeavors. What are some things or advantages you have acquired as a freelancer? Fell free to comment below.