Previously on WebDesignDev we posted an article that featured 10 reasons why it rocks to be a freelancer. Today we have laid out the negatives and put on the table 10 reasons why it sucks to be a freelancer. Every job including freelancing has its ups and downs, so I think 10 positives and 10 negatives about the job sums it up correctly.
When freelancers are asked to design for all browsers, this can be a big pain, especially coding for internet explorer 6. This takes up more time, and you have to manually check it in different browsers. Firefox and opera are usually the same, but safari and internet explorer tweak little annoying things.
Clients can be very fussy, and demand different things, redesigns, tweaks etc. This can waste a lot of time, and therefore cost you money.
If you are ill and cant work, you wont get paid. If you have holiday leave you wont get paid. Its your work and you have to do it to get paid. Unless you hire someone else to complete your projects.
Freelancers usually never turn down work. Money is money, right? But when the workload builds up, freelancers usually tend to find themselves working round the clock 60+ hours a week. This can be very exhausting.
You should expect to be on call all day long which can be a strain on personal life. You can go to work whenever you like. If you are sitting enjoying your TV and you get an email from a client asking for the deadline to be moved forward for extra pay, it can interrupt your personal activities.
If you decide to go away for a month, you cant come back and find out you have earned more money than in the previous month. You have to constantly work to earn money. You won’t earn from it in the future and it won’t be your retirement.
For example, if your computer breaks, it comes out of your profit to buy a new one. Whereas if you were working for a big company, you personally wouldn’t have to pay for a new computer, the company would.
If you are working with clients from another part of the world, and they want to chat live to you on a 9am Monday morning, that may be 3am in the morning for your time zone, thus making it very annoying when chatting to them live.
As a freelancer, you have to find clients when starting up, and as time goes on and you build up your online portfolio and gain exposure, clients will find you. This can take some time, and many people tend to give up.
This can be bad and good. If you choose not to put much effort in, then you wont survive as a freelancer for long. There are many other freelancers out there and your clients will just find someone else if your work isnt up to scratch, or if you cant meet deadlines.
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