Nov 19, 2016 03:46 AM EST

Job Advice: 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Freelancing

Are you stuck in your current day job or are thinking of trying out a different career? Why not give a freelancing a try?

Nerdy Turtlez reports that there are a lot of opportunities in doing freelance work. There are, however, challenges as well and one must take time and a lot of consideration before choosing to do freelance work.

Hongkiat says freelancing is not for everyone, but there are a lot of benefits to it. And here are five reasons on why you should give freelancing a try:

To open up career options - Freelancing opens up a lot of options for a professional career ahead of you. Especially, if you just lost your day job, or are having a difficult time to get a new job. It's important though that you be open to the constantly changing and evolving landscape of freelancing, especially if it's going to be an online gig. If you're someone who's open to learning new skills and can easily adapt, then freelancing might be for you.

The flexibility of working from home - One of the most talked about advantages of freelancing is the ability to be able to work from home. A lot of freelancing jobs nowadays just require a fast internet connection and a computer or laptop. No need to experience anymore the hassle of waking up early to beat the morning rush or leaving your office early or really late to avoid the evening rush. Freelancing gives you the flexibility of working in the comfort of your own home.

No need to deal with bosses - Another talked about advantage of freelancing is that you don't have to answer to any boss. Sure, you may consider your clients your bosses. But at the end of the day, you don't need to ask their permission to take a holiday off. You can finish a project ahead of time, or don't take up projects that could eat up several dates that you're scheduling for vacations. In case you really need to work, you can always just bring a laptop and a portable WiFi device and you can still do your work while you're enjoying a vacation on the beach.

Satisfy your creative impulse or passion - The beauty of freelancing is that you can take up work or projects that are catered more to your passion or creative impulse. Are you a good writer? Then take up projects that involve writing. Are you good at drawing and creating visual arts? Then take up graphic designing projects. If you have a creative skill that you're talented at, you can turn that into freelancing gig. You get to do what you're passionate about and get paid for it.

Extra income - Lastly, freelancing provides you with a way to earn extra  income. A lot of times, what you make in your regular job may not be enough to cover all your monthly expenses. Freelancing offers you an opportunity to earn extra on the side while still enjoying your regular income. Just take up projects that you can work on during your free time so your freelancing gig won't cause any conflict with your day job.

As good as all these reasons sounds, the most important aspect that you will need if you want to be a full-time freelancer is self-discipline. Since there won't be any boss to monitor you and that you can work at the comforts of your own home, it's easy to become distracted and lazy.

So it's important that you have good self-discipline and self-control. So that you can ensure the success of your freelancing gig. 

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