Many people ask me what makes freelancing better than getting a 9-to-5 job. Well, this is a very intersting question and in this pos I’m going to answer it by listing out all the pros that makes freelancing better especially for developer.
So let’s get started:
1.Work from anywhere
Working as a freelance programmer is something relatively new. I mean it, of course, existed along time ago but with the power of the internet and latest technologies it become easier to work as a freelancer. Moreover, as a programmer, you don’t need to be in a specific location because most of your work is done in a computer. Therefore, you can leverage the power of internet to work online. On the other hand, if you work in a normal job -9 to 5- then you have to be in your office/cubical on time and sit for hours!
2.Pick out Your Project
Working as a freelance programmer gives you the ability to work on projects you choose instead of being forced to work on a project you might not like. If you don’t like a project for some reason, you can simply refuse it and start looking for another. As a freelancer you are in full control over designing the project, timetable and how you want to approach it. In other words, you’re the boss!. On the other hand, if you work for a company and there is a task that you don’t like, you have no choice, you have to find away out. This is not the case a freelancer, as you will know what you’re going to do upfront because you know why you accepted the project. If you want to know more about how to freelance as a programmer then I’d recommend taking my course: How to Freelance as a Programmer where you will learn several ways of how to do so and all the strategies you need to succeed.
As a freelancer programmer, you’re going to learn a lot. Being your own boss doesn’t mean that you will do nothing, instead, it will help you to become a better version of yourself. That might not be obvious for most people, but let me explain. Being your own boss means that you have to manage your time, prioritize, plan, contact customers, research, etc. All these things will make you a better boss as time goes on. At the beginning, it might be a little overwhelming but it pays off over the long run.
Moreover, improving your programming skills require working on multiple projects. As you work on several projects you will get better and most importantly you will figure out which projects you like. Hence, your work isn’t going to feel like work anymore. Instead , it’s going to feel like fun. If you reach this stage, everybody would envy you. It’s the best feeling in the world!
As a freelance programmer, you get to choose which time you want to work on the project. For example, you can work on your projects at night, in the morning, in the afternoon, even in weekend -I bet you don’t wanna do that- but you get the point. Freelancing is freedom. The freedom that freelancers enjoy is not limited to time, it’s extended to include the freedom of location. You can work on your project from anywhere, from home, from a working space, on the beach -not recommended for programmers-, and of course at Starbucks -my favorite-. If you think about it, you will find that most jobs don’t have this advantage that programmers have. For example, an attorney cannot work from his PC all the time. A nurse cannot do that either. However, programmers have this privilege.
In conclusion, every programmer has the advantage of becoming a freelancer but most don’t exploit it. If you ask someone who lived in the past would you work as a freelancer if you had the opportunity? I bet the answer would be “Of course”.
So if you have serious about working as a freelance programmer then, I’d recommend taking my course: How to freelance as a Programmer that will definitely put you on the path to succeed.