Being a freelance professional seems to be the perfect work goal. You get to control your time. You work on projects that you love. You have a lot of free time to do what you like. These are just some of the things that people think about when they think about having a freelance career. But everything comes with pros and cons.
If you’re an Adobe Livecycle designer and you’re at a point in your life when you can’t decide whether to strike out on your own or start looking for work at many of the companies that employ Livecycle designing services, then here’s a look at some of what you can expect.
You’re Your Own Boss
That sounds perfect. And to an extent it is. You control everything. You have no one to tell you what to do, or work on today—unless of course, you have work commitments and clients. In which case, you’ll have those on your schedule. But the point is that you would have put those tasks on your schedule yourself. You still have a choice in the matter. One of the downsides to being your own boss and running your own business is that you usually handle everything. As a business owner, you market yourself and your services. You handle the financials and fix your taxes to make the IRS doesn’t come after you. You deal with the clients and the deadlines. You have no one to tell you what to do which means you also have no one to help you or mentor you. When things go wrong, you’ll only ever have yourself to rely on.
You Have Tons of Freedom
Not going to lie, though, this is one of the best things about being a freelancer. You have a lot of freedom to do what you want and that’s often true. That’s because you fix your schedule. Your work usually doesn’t follow the strict 9 am to 5 pm schedule. You can wake up any time you want and then start working, turn nine hours of work, and then do something else. Or you can do a lot of tasks in between like run errands, take care of your dog, bug your parents not to go out in this pandemic, and more. The downside to having a lot of time is that you need to be a master at balancing your personal and professional lives. You must be disciplined enough to work at certain times and then to rest. Too many people think being too busy is the hallmark of a successful business. It’s not. It means you aren’t using your time wisely and you should. It’s a crucial skill that successful freelancers have.
You Work with Clients
That sounds easy, but it’s not. The hurdle is to first find a good client. Not everyone is going to like your style of work. Not everyone is going to be forgiving when you miss a deadline—and you will, because you’re human; you get sick, you’re not perfect. Not everyone is going to be operating on the same level you are, with the same mindset and values and sometimes, even sense of humor. That all matters. They contribute to your wellbeing and sanity. The healthier you are mentally and emotionally, the better and more efficient you are at work. That’s why it’s important to choose clients who contribute to your well-being positively instead of the ones who drain you and leave you emotionally fatigued.
You Learn a Lot
Yes, there are training opportunities whether you work in a corporate environment or go freelance. But being a freelancer means there’s no safety net, which is what you get when you work for a corporation. As a freelancer, if something happens, you need to figure things out on your own. No line manager is going to come in and save you. That teaches you a lot about yourself, about failure, and about how you keep trying in the face of what seems to be insurmountable hurdles. As a freelancer, you’ll need to keep evolving. For instance, if you’ve been marketing your services the same way for years, why not try other methods? With the wealth of platforms these days that make it easy for job seekers and clients to find each other, finding the best clients should be a lot easier. And while you can evolve while working for a company, there’s usually a huge difference. As a freelancer, you have no choice but to evolve. If you want your business to survive. Employers don’t often see that. Sometimes, their own jobs hold them back from being everything they can be. Many settle for that instead of finding work that excites them, that makes them feel that every effort they put into it is worth it.
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