Freelance or Full Time Job?

dead.jpgI love doing freelance work, providing that the client is very easy to work with, but for the most part my experience with doing freelance work has been exceptional. What I enjoy the most is not having to meet a deadline on a constant basis, and you are pretty much in control of all the work you do. Being able to work from the comfort of your own home is a definite plus, not to mention the gas money you’ll be saving.

But is freelance work better than having a 9-5 job? I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to do both for the last 3 years and although I reap the many benefits of doing freelance work, I’d have to say that having a full time job is still the choice for me. Yes a 9-5 at times can be monotonous, but I also enjoy interacting with other people, I enjoy the thought of going to work not knowing what the day has in store for me.

I guess the best part of having a 9-5 job is knowing you’ll have work to do tomorrow, as opposed to freelance work, where you’ll have 3 projects lined up at the same time and nothing for the next 3 months! I know there are many of you just like me, who are able to balance a full time job and freelance work on your own spare time. What tips might you be able to give to anyone who wants to enjoy the best of both worlds?

Send me your thoughts and I’d like to know which do you prefer.

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10 Responses to “Freelance or Full Time Job?”

  1. search jobs

    Excellent article. I will be going through some
    of these issues as well..

  2. Rexibit Web Services

    I am currently in a transition phase where I hope to do freelance full time. I like a regular job when it is under good working conditions, but I also like the one-one interaction of working closely with a client as a freelancer.

  3. egypt web design

    I agree Daphne, but its good if all your co-workers Freelancer and work together

  4. Web Designer

    Freelance work is anytime better than a regular job if you know your work well and you are getting a constant flow of work. Because in a company there are many people to help you but here you are alone.

  5. pooja kashyap

    I am doing both plus studying for my degree course as well n believe me its just rockin’….no doubts at times it becomes hectic but then i enjoy the pressure n like to meet the expectations of the ppl around me as well 🙂

  6. windows web servers

    I have a job that incorporates both. If I want to work from home I will, but we also have an office building where we meet clients and collaborate our work.

  7. Jon B

    I agree Daphne, I enjoy interacting with co-workers. Working from home gets boring at times. But I really can’t say I prefer one over the other, I guess they both have its pros & cons.

  8. Daphne

    Freelance is really good in terms of earning money I guess. But sometimes it’s good to have co-workers and friends. Doing freelance work could cause you a lame social life while being employed could get you to meet some friends and also learn few knowledge you can’t get just by researching or reading articles…

  9. CatherineL

    I’ve been self employed for a few years. And now that I’ve switched to working from home, I really miss interacting with people sometimes.

    My advice to others in the same situation would be – take a break once in a while. Get out and about and speak to anyone you meet. You’ll have a whole heap more to write about when you return.

  10. Thomas

    I am currently employed at your average 9-5 working in IT for a school district. I am also getting freelance work in film (which will hopefully be my career in the future) and I am also in college as a film major. I have found that the freelance work, while harder to come by is much easier to do while keeping up with my school work and classes. I have also found that the 9-5 shift kills me when the 5am to midnight shifts i get on set are much more enjoyable.

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