This is a question that most IT workers ask themselves at some point in their careers, and there are many reasons why both are worth looking into.
Three good reasons why you should consider freelancing are;
Work your own schedule
This has to be the number one reason people in any industry choose to freelance rather than work for an employer.
Being able to fit your work schedule around your personal life is very appealing, especially if you happen to have children or other responsibilities.
It is worth bearing in mind though that the companies who inevitably hire you will likely be working office hours, and as such will perhaps want you to attend meetings during those hours, either in person or via video link.
Choose your own projects
Working as a freelancer allows you to choose not only the projects you work on but the people you work with.
Being able to turn down a job because you find it tedious or because you don’t want to work with a particular company or person is incredibly liberating, especially if you find yourself in a position where you have an abundance of work available to you.
Work from home
Similar to working your own hours, you can also choose to work from a home office, or even your favourite local coffee shop. As long as you have access to your laptop and an internet connection you’re good to go.
As enticing as freelancing is, don’t go typing up that letter of resignation quite yet. Working for an employer has its benefits as well;
Organisation and structure
Working for an employer ensures a certain level of organisation and structure to your day that freelancing doesn’t always offer.
In fact, many people just can’t maintain the same levels of productivity when left to their own devices.
As much as we all like a good moan about the boss keeping watch over us, sometimes it’s exactly that which ensures we are as productive as we need to be.
Your company offers great benefits
Freelancers don’t enjoy the perks that employees do in certain circumstances.
Things like KiwiSaver contributions and training allowances are the norm for many employees and such things as a freelancer come out of your own pocket.
What about holiday pay and sick leave?
A freelancer gets paid when they work, and if they decide to take a few days off the money stops rolling in! No more paid holidays or sick leave.
Perhaps the biggest turn off for most people when they think about freelancing.
There’s no guaranteed salary when you don’t work for an employer. You’ll find that your income can fluctuate depending on how much work you’ve managed to get on any given month, and many people find this unsettling, especially if they have a mortgage and children.
The truth is, freelancing isn’t for everyone. It takes a certain type of person to be able to work from home without a boss, and to exist without the security of employee benefits and a steady salary.
Whichever road you decide to go down, here at AMES we can provide you with the education and skills required to make a success of your career.
So whether you’re looking to work freelance or with a major IT company, your journey begins with your education here at AMES. Get in contact today.