Sunday, October 24, 2010

Benefits of Freelancing: Time by Trixie Torralba

If you are searching for reasons why you should go freelance instead of working in a job you don't really enjoy, there are a lot of benefits that you can get. One of the best things about being a freelancer is that you get to become a results driven person. The reason for this is largely due to the fact that you cannot achieve anything if you sit on you're ass the whole day and watch TV. If you want to get money, you have to work. By doing so, this practice has taught me to maximize my time working. And indeed, the benefits of freelancing have been mega fruitful.

Among the biggest factors which are affected by a freelancer is their time. The usual reaction of people who have never been a freelancer is that these people spend their day watching TV.

But this does not apply to a lot of persons. In fact, I happen to know a number of people who don't even have time to check what's going on in the outside world. Time can either be a freelancer's greatest ally or foe. Here are some benefits you can get when as a freelancer:

You hold your time
Once you hold your time, you are more likely to give good results as opposed to sitting inside an office cubicle for 8 hours straight. And because your time is precious, you opt to get more and more projects even before your task is finished.

You can work anywhere
As a freelancer, you can easily get your work done anywhere. All you need is to have your laptop along with you, a stable internet connection and your set to go. You can even keep going on out-of-town trips and still be able to get your work done on time.

"Me time" is optional
Before I became a freelancer, I was always going out with friends and spending money I didn't have. But when I joined the industry, I traded loud party night outs with simple and quiet nights in a caf with my trusted laptop. I do this in the hopes of earning enough money so I can celebrate later on.

Meetings are optional
If you are working in a full time position, your boss can easily call you to come in any time of the day for a meeting. Even if it is your day off, you are needed to attend a meeting that you have no part of. But when you become a freelancer, meetings with clients are the only ones that you need to attend to. And even these are a whole lot easier to manage since you are actually putting input in the event.

Avoid crowded malls
By becoming a freelancer, you can easily pay your bills and do some shopping done without having to deal with the crazy after work crowds that frequent malls.

Commuting is not necessary
On an average rate, getting to work in Manila can reach up to an hour. This does not include rush hour and traffic when this number gets worse. Sure, a couple of hours a day may not harm your time but if you add those up in a work week, that's already a day's worth of work and income for you. When you turn freelance, you will be able to realize that time means money.

You can work when you feel most productive
If you are in an office, there are some instances where you can feel tired and sleepy. But you cannot do anything because everyone is watching you. On the other hand, if you decide to go freelance, you can easily take a short nap and wake up feeling relived to get another set of tasks done. This way, you can take your time being tired and turn it into your rest hours.

There are still a lot of other benefits of freelancing that you can get. By trying out the task, nothing wrong will befall on you. You only get so much to gain since you are making a huge change in your career. Check out my other freelance benefits so you can decide whether or not you want to try out the industry.

Trixie Torralba has been a freelance writer for the past year. Throughout this time, she has worked with several clients who gave her the opportunity to earn money and work well. This is why she has decided to share her tips with people who want to become a freelancer through FreelancerSociety. Make sure you follow her blog to get more tips!

She is also behind the blog Chronicles of a Gypsy where she shares app reviews, recipes, new restaurants, and anything you can find throughout the Philippines.