In the current world, freelancing is quite a familiar term to the majority of the world’s population. Freelancing is working independently under one’s administration. When freelancing, a person is both his boss and employee concurrently. A full-time job is different since one works in a firm or company. He/she is managed by the senior employees and follows the guidelines of the organization. This is the difference between the two styles of work. Apart from this, there is a lot to learn about how freelancing and day-jobs differ. Let’s ponder over the topic a little beyond, and highlight the differences in the lifestyle of a freelancer and a full-time employee.
A full-time job requires the employee to visit the office regularly. One has to travel to the workplace and work for the time allotted. Sometimes you may get to work remotely from home, but that’s not permanent. Commuting from one place to another consumes a maximum of our time these days owing to the traffic. Public transports are crowded at peak hours of the day, making it difficult to reserve a seat for oneself. A person has to deal with air and noise pollution while commuting. By the time a person travels to the office, he gets exhausted.
Freelancers, on the other hand, have the freedom to work anywhere. They don’t need to go to an office regularly. Commuting troubles are easily avoided by freelancing, thereby saving time indirectly.
A full-time employee has to stick to office hours and cannot leave even if there’s no work. A freelancer can make effective use of their time with other important work when there is no project available to work on.
As stated already, freelancers do not waste their time traveling to work. There is no need to squander time waiting for work to be assigned. You can choose your next projects as soon as you finish the current one. Freelancers save a lot of time.
A full-time employee spends maximum hours of the day either in the office or in traveling. If they end up late, they tend to skip meals. People who stay in the office for the whole day and sit in the same position for a long time become obese eventually. The work pressure renders them sleepless nights at times. There is no much time left for family, workout, and fun activities. If this continues for long, it may lead to adverse consequences like stressed body and mind, improper body fitness, short-tempered nature, and mental disturbance.
Alternatively, while freelancing, you don’t have to deal with such pressures. You set the deadline on your own and work accordingly. The work schedule is properly set, and there’s no need to rush to a workplace. You can have a healthy balanced diet and also spare time for fitness. You can take a break when you desire and also have ample time to spend with family and friends. All these advantages can prove beneficial only when the freelancer understands his/her responsibilities and is dedicated to the work.
An employee gets to earn a salary that is fixed by the employer. Sometimes, being a fresher, you are paid less than you deserve. The pay also gets reduced when you take a day-off. Your pay scales up if the work performed is impressive enough to the employer.
A freelancer sets his pay and gets the client to pay him in desirable figures. But a freelancer gets to earn in good numbers only when he has established himself quite well in the market and has gained some experience. A freelancer is not someone who can become a millionaire in a night. It takes time to flourish one’s skills and attract the clients towards one’s services. But there is no reduction in the payment when you take a day off. At the same time, one must be careful enough to complete the project before the deadline and meet the requirements of the client to be paid well.
A full-time employee is required to work in the same work environment every single day. He has to sit at the same place among the same crowd every day unless allowed to change the workplace. You get to meet many people every day and gain experiences from them. You can, therefore, build a wide network of friends. When working in an office, if you have an irritating group of colleagues, you are left helpless and are bound to deal with them. You cannot ask for a change of colleagues. Office politics and the unfriendly nature of colleagues may sometimes make the workplace an unfavorable place and the work a punishment. In such situations, one loses interest from work.
A freelancer gets to choose his workplace. For instance, a freelance writer can sit in a park and complete his write-ups in a calm and serene environment. There are no colleagues and hence no chance of any politics or interference. A 2018 survey of freelancers by a company named Epson found that nearly 48% freelancers feel the loneliness. It is also believed that freelancers are less social. It may be a myth as a freelancer has to be more social to get the potential clients. He has to be his marketer and hence build a wide network to sell his projects and services. All this requires the freelancer to come out of his reserved zone and socialize with people on a global platform. Thus it is unfair to tell that freelancing makes a person less social.
An employee gets the work experience from his work and also the work done by his colleagues. He understands the work responsibilities of his team-mates and also learns team skills. But a full-time employee gets to work only in a particular field and is difficult to work beyond the field.
A freelancer gets to pursue his passion and interests. Though he may not get a chance to work in a team but gains the experience of working at different roles. A freelancer learns managerial skills by setting goals, deadlines and work schedules for himself. He is his marketer, marketing his skills and services. He is his boss, critic, and competitor as well. Moreover, a freelancer gets to try his hands in different work fields. For example, a person can start his freelancing career by content writing and can try social media marketing simultaneously. This way he learns new skills and also widens his horizon of knowledge. Hence freelancing offers dynamic work experience.
A full-time employee gets job security, financial stability, and also additional benefits like health insurance, pension, regular health check-ups, holiday packages, business tours, bonuses, and rewards. The organization recognizes the employees’ efficient work performance by providing awards and rewards. These awards and rewards encourage the employees to perform even better.
A freelancer may not get such additional benefits as stated above, but a freelancer can award himself at times to encourage oneself. A freelancer has to motivate himself in difficult situations and be his advisor and counselor. If one feels insecure about their freelancing career, they can take up a job and try freelancing part-time. Eventually, when you feel secure about your freelancing gig, you can pursue it full time.
From the above-stated differences between freelancing and a full-time job, it can be noted that both have their pros and cons. A full-time job provides job and financial security, whereas freelancing provides lifestyle and health comforts. Thus, you can pick whichever suits your requirements.