If you’ve been freelancing for a while now, there’s a good chance that you’ve encountered remarks, mostly out of an innocent banter between a friend or a family member about your career of choice – like how lucky you are to wake up at noon, how you can just easily adjust your schedule for impromptu invites of coffee with friends, and how laid-back your lifestyle is in comparison to those who hold full-time corporate jobs.
Although such comments are said in jest and are not meant to hurt your feelings it could be quite annoying if you hear them too often.
In fact, some freelancers find themselves labeled as happy-go-lucky individuals slash hipsters who are not seriously thinking about their future.
By and large, such shallow assessment stems from the misconceptions of freelancing by those who are not familiar with the inner workings of the industry. We have listed below for you the most popular misconceptions about freelancing and with dashes of dispelling arguments:
Freelancers only consume a tiny chunk of their day for work
Non-freelancing folks assume that we, as freelancers, choose our existing career paths because we love the freedom to be able to decide on the amount of time we dedicate for work in a day. Although there’s a hint of truth to this, it should be noted that most of us dedicate the same numbers of hours on a certain task as much as our corporate counterparts.
Freelancers are free from overly demanding and highly-controlling managers
This perception is half-correct; freelancers are physically free from their clients or team leaders if they’re working with a team. Yet we still report to our clients and cannot escape from the possibility of working for employers who are as demanding and difficult as office bosses. The good thing is we are free from thoughts of stabbing our managers with our pens or putting some stuff into their morning coffee that will send them back and forth the office washroom every 10 minutes or so.
Freelancers can just bail out anytime they want
Unless you’re the type of freelancer who doesn’t care about your future, a serious freelancer knows that bailing out a on a client out of the blue is akin to career suicide. Apart from the possibility of your client telling everyone in his network (goodbye potential clients!) that you chickened out on a project, you just besmirched your freelancing reputation for life.
Freelancers have nowhere to go in their careers
Many people would assume that freelancing doesn’t have its own version of the proverbial corporate ladder thus freelancers have nowhere else to go.
What most people don’t see is that freelancers actually have more freedom to figure out what it is they want to do for the rest of their lives – start a business, build their own firm, or just freelance their way to their senior year. One of the great things about freelancing is no one’s pressuring you to move up some archetypal ladder.
As a freelancer, what other misconceptions do you usually hear and encounter regarding your chosen career? We’d like to hear about it n the comments section below!