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The number of freelancers all over the world is on the rise. In the US alone, more than 45 million people are working as freelancers, and by 2020, more than half the US workforce will become self-employed. So if you’re thinking about quitting your job and becoming a freelancer, or making a gradual transition to freelancing, you’re not alone.
The temptation to do what you love, for a living, is usually the biggest reason that drives people towards freelancing. But there are many other ways freelancing can be an extremely liberating and fulfilling career choice.
It can literally change the way you live.
- Spend More Time With Friends and Family
Not being able to spend enough time with friends because of work commitments was found to be one of the biggest deathbed regrets. As a freelancer, however, you will have control over your time. Whether it’s catching up with old friends or spending more time with your kids, freelancing can help you avoid one the most common regrets people with full time jobs have.
- Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle
The usual corporate work cycle is often so exhausting that you can hardly find any time to focus on your health and fitness. Most corporate jobs require using a PC for long hours which, of course, means you spend the majority of your time sitting – a major reason for cardiac problems.
Freelancing can also be hectic, but if you manage it properly, you can always find time for an early morning walk, a few hours at the gym and other recreational activities.
- Visit Places You’ve Always Wanted To See
You’ve always wanted to travel to different parts of the world, witness the stunning beauty of this planet and create more memorable moments with your loved ones. But with the dwindling employment rates and the stiff competition for jobs you just cannot afford to leave office for too many days.
The biggest advantage of freelancing, in my opinion, is the ability to work from anywhere in the world. You don’t need to be at the office. You can do sightseeing and freelancing together – what a life that would be!
- Dedicate Time To Noble Causes
There’s so much poverty and suffering around the world that it’s hard not to be compelled to lend a helping hand and contribute to reliable charities. There are freelancers on Fiverr, and other freelancing portals, who’ve have traveled across continents helping the poor while working remotely. Freelancing, of course, makes this much easier because of the flexibility it offers.
- Work on Your Own Terms
In a corporate job, your boss controls your time and uses you as a resource. You cannot say no to a task even when you don’t feel like doing it. This can often be hard your ego.
There’s no such compulsion in freelancing. You’re your own boss and there’s no one to tell you what to do. You can pick and choose your clients, and control your workload. Trust me, there’s nothing more liberating.
- Keep Learning, Keep Earning
You don’t need a fancy MBA or a specific college degree to be a freelancer. All you need is a skill set that is in demand. The more you learn, the better you earn. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a formal degree, you can utilize specific online courses and tutorials to polish your skills and enhance your chances of attracting high paying clients. You don’t need to skip work in order to learn something. All the relevant resources are available online.
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