Should I go freelance? It’s a question so many of us ask ourselves, especially when we’re feeling undervalued at our full time jobs. It’s hard to know if you’ll be well suited to freelancing, but we’ve developed a quiz that’ll hopefully help you decide.
Why Should You Go Freelance?
Well aside from the obvious – being your own boss – the freelance lifestyle offers many pros and cons, it’s not for everyone and it’s certainly true that some will be better at making the transition than others.
Essentially, you should go freelance if you think it would benefit you financially, improve your lifestyle and provide you with a more fulfilling career. The big question is, would going freelance achieve all of these things for you? Only you will know, but we’re here to tell you a little more about it to guide your decision.
Which careers can you freelance in?
It’s possible to freelance in almost any career. A great way to figure out if there’s a freelance market for your skills is to take a look. If there are others currently freelancing with a similar skillset to you, then why not?
Pros Of Being A Freelancer
- You are the boss
- All work credit goes to you
- You set your own hours
- You set your own rate of pay (typically higher than in full time employment)
- Ability to choose work that you’ll enjoy
- Developing your own ideal career path
- Work from anywhere; home, holiday, a café…
- Zero office politics
Cons Of Being A Freelancer
- You have to manage yourself
- You have to sell yourself
- You have to allow for essential business admin time
- You’ll need to provide your own office and office supplies
- You won’t have colleagues or teammates
- No regular pay cheque
- You’ll deal one-on-one with your clients, no backup support
- If you don’t work, you don’t get paid (no sick pay here!)
- No benefits, company pension, bonuses
- Can be more difficult to get a mortgage, loan, etc…
Complete our quiz
So if you’re excited by the ‘Pro’ list above, why not complete our quiz? No signup necessary, just a few simple questions and we’ll give you an idea of whether you’re cut out for the freelance lifestyle.
How did you score?
Born to Freelance
If your quiz result was ‘Born to Freelance’ then it sounds like this could be a great next step for you, you should definitely consider it. If you’d like to take the next step, why not call our team for a no-obligation consultation – it’s completely free and we’ll do our best to answer any questions you have about setting up on your own.
If you scored ‘Freelance-Friendly’, that means that we think you’ll be well suited to freelancing, but you may have to make some adjustments to ensure you get the most out of it. While you’d be well suited to the freelance lifestyle, it may take a little effort. If you’d like to pursue a career as a freelancer give us a call, we can offer you a free no-obligation consultation and work over some of the finer points that may hold you back.
Scoring ‘Fifty-Fifty Freelancer’ means that we think you’d be as suited to freelance work as full time employment, perhaps the pros and cons balance out a little more for you and you’ll have to really put more thought into whether or not this is the right move for you. If you’re still keen to learn more, call our team and we’d be happy to discuss the options with you.
Oh dear, you scored ‘Freelance Phobic’! According to the questions in our quiz, we expect freelancing may not be the right move for you as it seems the cons will outweigh the pros. If you’re still keen on freelancing in the future, perhaps you need to think about what you currently consider a high priority when it comes to working. The last thing you want to do is to jump into freelancing with rose-tinted glasses on and then struggle.