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. Freelancing has great benefits, rather than the monotone 9 to 5 job, and the growth possibilities are huge, being your own boss, but it also comes with some risks. Here are 10 negatives about freelancing you’ll probably agree with.
Cross Browser Compatibility Can Be A Pain
When freelancers are asked to design for all browsers, this can be a big pain, especially coding for Internet Explorer. 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.
Picky Clients Can Waste Time And Lose You Money
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 can’t work, you won’t get paid. If you have holiday leave you won’t get paid. It’s your work and you have to do it to get paid. Unless you hire someone else to complete your projects.
Can Be Long Work Hours
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.
Always At Work
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.
Freelancing Isn’t Scalable
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.
Pay For Your Own Problems
For example, if the laptop / computer you use for web design 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.
Clients In Different Time Zones Can Be A Nightmare
If you are working with clients from another part of the world, and they want to chat live with you on a 9 am Monday morning, that may be 3 am 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 before this happens.
Your success is in your own hands
This can be bad and good. If you choose not to put much effort in, then you won’t survive as a freelancer for long. There are many other freelancers out there and your clients will just find someone else if your work isn’t up to scratch, or if you can’t meet the deadlines.