Let me begin on a very honest note: With an aim to play with uncertainties and test the height of misfortunes, I discontinued my 9 to 5 regular office job and began full time freelancing career, right from my home! The problem is freelancing is not a career, it’s a plain job filled with insecurities for tomorrow, misunderstanding with prospective customers, hours of wait for a valued assignment and everything that is odd, and uninteresting for a full time salaried person. But then what pushed me forward to take up on this challenging role and that why I discontinued my full time career which was earning me money, comfort, fame and security – of course after paying the taxes?
Well, the valid question is almost visible on the face of everyone I meet every day at my city but they hesitate to ask, may be because they think this would hurt me. I may be overly imaginative but they must have an idea like this – I am actually not doing anything and playing the role of a returned resource who must have failed to survive the wrath of metropolitan lifestyle and now enjoy the comfort pre established by my parents.
But sometimes it really hurts when I face people who don’t know anything about freelancing and upon knowing my job look at me as if I am talking about aliens! I still remember the early days when I just returned from Delhi – those were the days of convincing people about my new found job, telling them thoroughly about how it works and how the payments are made through NEFT and all. Barred a few, most found it tough to digest and I think that was quite natural. I can write an interesting article on the reactions people made and I will write it one day for sure since those were not just reactions but fodders to my success.
Well, coming back to the core of this article I tell you why I choose freelancing over regular office job. Very reasonable point is I am here for my parents, besides myself! Both of my parents are aged, but both were strugglers. They worked hard throughout their life, built a sweet home where they always want me more than anything else. Going to Delhi and living a life among strangers was not what they wanted. And I respect and understand their viewpoint. It is my duty to take care of them now without affecting my job. Being a freelancer serves both the task!
Point number two is my obsession with my dream! When I was a child, I wanted to become an engineer, but when I grew up I understood I’m poor at Mathematics. Dream Thrashed. When I was in college, I wanted to build three pack abs. Let alone the abs; I was so thin I developed a peculiar habit of wearing two to three baniyans inside my shirt to look bulkier. Dream Thrashed, again! No questions please, I discontinued the habit completely after two failed attempts. :-) After that it was only a few years ago, I began to dream of my own company. Don’t know what destiny has in store now, but I am resolved to not fail, now! Wish me success. If I fail yet again, I will blame you didn’t. :-)
Point number three is opportunities of being a freelancer. 9 to 5 sitting job secures your financial future against almost every type of threats, but then you have to bear an irritating boss crazy over making you over productive turned under productive, make a regularized routine where punctuality becomes punishment and always worry over being shown a pink slip, anytime. Private jobs are never a secured career option. I heard govt jobs are also not that fun anymore. Anyways, what I wanted is a job where I lead me. Freelancing gave me the opportunity!
Point no four is financial security. If you are also a crazy fellow like what I am and thinking to begin an independent career, consider it very seriously. You must have noted that I began the article criticizing freelancing and blamed everything that freelancing is, but there is more to it than just what you read. I first tell you what I do, in case you don’t know. I am a content writer. Our duty is to make the Web an interesting place and convince people score it over other mass media. The task is very easy as much as it is tough.
Coming to financial security in freelancing; you can either make it big or stay at square nowhere. Take our profession as an example; there are low paying gigs quickly available all around the Web (e.g., Rs. 50 for 500 words content) and then there are luck changing work (e.g., $ 000000 for promoting a known brand on the web). If you are intelligent enough to network with the influential guys and know how to beat the competition, the world is yours. Imagine a highly paying contract that you can finish through a few months hardship and then enjoy the rest of the year earning extra. However, freelancing can multiply your regular income after years of experience and learning of mistakes. I am making the mistakes and I am enjoying too!
So, freelancing has its ups and downs. Before taking up on this role, I have studied the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats. Because I found I can walk over the worries quite well, I thought to give it a heed. Things are going well quite well until now, and I hope to not break the momentum of success. The cunning smiles of my city guys, blessings of my parents, the power of newly renovated dream and the rewards of being a freelancer are driving my car. Destination unknown!