Is Freelancing Worth it?

Is freelancing worth a try? Some people are confident and feel that freelancing is worth a try. On the other hand, others believe that freelancing is not worth it because they would be risking what they already have and do not want to risk it for something new.

Freelancing might be a good idea if you are unhappy with your job or just looking for something new to do. If you feel like freelancing can help you with your career, then go ahead and give it a try.

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How can you view Freelancing?

It may also help if you are looking for a more flexible schedule or want to prioritize things in life other than work, such as family time, hobbies, etc.
Do not view working for yourself as a scam or something you cannot do.
You are not working for someone else if you work for yourself, so it is all on you. Your dreams have been placed in your lap, and although it might be an opportunity, there will be challenges. Freelancing can teach you how to take care of things that need taking care of and hopefully better than most companies could.

Freelancers are typically the people who do not get praised by management or colleagues when they do a good job. This may be due to them lacking the good habits of any other employees at the company because they are not part of the regular workforce. If you are not expecting a pat on the back or something, freelancing might be a good idea.

The true definition of a Freelancer

Being a freelancer is not all about working from home; it; is about being the boss of yourself. You are in control of your life. Freelancing can be rewarding, but you will have to work harder and more efficiently than any other employee at any other company because you will have to please yourself, which means doing things right the first time around and quickly.

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You have to set your hours and standards of work because when you freelance, you do not get paid unless you finish what you start.
If you do not meet the standards that you have set for yourself, you will be the person that starts to work less and get behind on deadlines. When there are no excuses for being late or not getting things finished when you are working for yourself, people find themselves in stressful situations when they freelance because they have let themselves down and now have more stress from finishing things as quickly as possible.

In addition to setting your standards, it is also important that you keep those standards so you do not let yourself down later on.
When freelancing, there is a lot of room for self-discipline because no one else will discipline or motivate you. This can be a major challenge for some people. Knowing your standards is the best way to create boundaries that help you stay focused.

What are your standards? How do you set them so that they will not lead to improvement paralysis?

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Here are some ways to establish and maintain high standards:

1. Communicate clearly with yourself and others on what your standards are. Communicating with others is one thing, but communication with yourself is just as important, if not more so. If you don’t know where you stand, it’s hard to figure out where you should be going next.

2. Maintain a clear vision of who you are, what you stand for, and where you are leading yourself.

3. Set up systems to check yourself regularly to ensure you’re staying on track.

4. Make sure your standards continue to match the goals you have set for yourself and your business.

5. Acknowledge your successes and your setbacks and mistakes along the way; celebrate both equally.

6. Forgive yourself for mistakes or challenges that pop up along the way…and keep practicing holding yourself accountable by setting better standards next time around!

7. Develop a support system for people who are going through the same challenges and problems.

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Mustapha El A.

ESL teacher and Academic Freelancer. My website explores the world of Freelancing, Graphic Design, and worldwide Freelance Platforms