Freelancing vs. Full Time: Which Should You Choose?

Becoming a freelancer is a brave transition for any professional. It involves leaving a stable job and routine and creating something entirely new on your own.

There are plenty of downsides to freelancing: You have no set routine, it can be lonely and your financial situation is in a constant state of flux.

But if you like the idea of being in control and getting out there to grab clients yourself, then maybe a freelance career is right for you. Plus, there’s the emotional satisfaction of a job well done:

It’s true there can be a lot of stress related to running your own business (rush jobs, late payments, etc.), but to me there’s nothing like the self-satisfaction it can bring. I once wrote a piece on health issues for adults ages 60+. It was real information, not just “Five Ways to Prevent Back Sprain.” One of the topics was on PTSD in older veterans. After the work was published, a widow called me in tears. She told me her husband, a vet, had changed and become violent in the last years of his life. At least now she understood why. Wow!

Fore more on the freelance life and advice from veteran freelancers, read: Pros and Cons of Life as a Freelancer.

— Aneya Fernando

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