freelancingHave you ever thought of freelancing or been asked if you’d be open to freelancing? Quite often I ask candidates if they’d be open to freelancing and most often, there is silence on the other end of the phone. Then, they often say that they’ve never thought about it. There are many reasons freelancing makes sense but one needs to go into it with their eyes wide open.

Often, one finds him/herself unemployed because of a lay-off, a move or because they took time off for personal reasons. Landing a permanent role of your dreams can be tough and often takes time. While you are looking for that dream job, it may be the perfect time to open yourself up to freelancing. There are many perks that come with freelancing. To name a few, freelancing is a great way to bring in income while your look for your dream job. You are able to keep up to date on the latest advances in your field. You keep your skills fresh and that helps in an interview situation. Freelancing is a great way to network and expand your professional network. When you are in a work environment, you get to meet folks in your industry and they get to see your talents. Let them know you ultimately want to land a permanent role.  Referrals are often the best way to get your foot in the door for an interview.  Also, employers are looking for candidates who can not only do the work, but also fit into the overall company culture. By proving both through your freelance work, you’ll increase your odds of landing a position within your newly expanded network. One of the biggest reasons people choose to go the freelance route is that it offers them flexibility and helps with work-life balance. When you freelance at a company, you are typically paid an hourly wage and are given a set schedule. That way, you don’t have the unplanned late nights at the office.

Now for the eyes wide open part. Freelancing takes discipline and flexibility. You need to show up to your job and show your A game every day. Otherwise, people won’t be moved to hire you permanently or refer you to colleagues looking to hire. Also, you must be both disciplined and organized with your financials. Because freelance roles are not permanent, you have to be willing to not have a set salary. And lastly, you must be comfortable jumping into a situation with little training and work to make an immediate impact

Freelancing is a great way to go for many people. If you are open to freelancing or need to hire some freelancers, I’d love to hear from you!