With one in three Americans (roughly 42 million) considered to be freelance and a prediction of freelancers making up half the workforce by 2020, it is clear that working for yourself is no trend. But even if that is the way the world is going, it doesn’t mean everyone is cut out for freelance. Because it is not just about having a flexible schedule and wearing your PJs all day. It takes a special type of person to thrive in that kind of independent work environment. Here are a few signs you are cut out for freelance.
1. You work well solo and from home
Seems like an obvious one, but this is really important. Do you work better in groups or are you a very productive loner? Are you able to religiously follow deadlines even when you don’t have a boss breathing over your shoulder? If you have access to a TV would you watch it all day? These are things you have to think about. If you need that absolute rigid structure of a company than freelance is not for you.
2. You have a really strong network
Most people don’t just jump into freelance the day after they graduate from college. They usually wait a few years until they have a strong network that they can turn to for work. It helps to know people who can help you get gigs.
3. You are a hustler
It is one thing to work hard but it is quite another to have to make your own money without your boss walking by every hour. You have to constantly be networking and putting yourself out there. Some of your days will just be spent emailing and pitching and meeting people for coffee. You have to go out on a limb.
4. You are super organized
You are going to have be one of those people that uses all those apps and talks about them. You have to be organized because otherwise you won’t get paid or know what to bill people. You are a one-woman ship.
5. You are so over job security
You have come to realize ,or rather, you believe that job security is a thing of the past. You figure you are safer by working with a number of employees and being in charge of your own livelihood.
6. You have been making good money on the side for a while
If you are really serious about going freelance then you would have probably already started with a few side gigs on top of your full time job. If they have gone well and given you sufficient income then you can really consider this is an option.