While life may feel like it has begun to steady amidst a complete upheaval of what was once normal, unemployment rates continue to stay astoundingly high, and if you feel like you’re struggling to secure a job in the presence of COVID-19, you’re not alone. If you’ve traditionally worked in a full-time role, considering the transition to freelance may seem daunting, impossible even, but we’re here to share four reasons why now may be the time to make the switch.
No strings attached
If you’ve spent the duration of your career in a full-time position you’ve likely had access to an array of benefits such as paid time off, health insurance, parental leave, and a 401K, but as a freelancer you’ll gain access to the ultimate benefit, flexibility. As a freelancer you’re able to choose your projects and clients as well as determine your schedule. You have the ability to “try before you buy,” so you can test out a company or role without the commitment of a fulltime contract. As we’ve watched our day-to-day dramatically change over the past few months, the gift of flexibility during this time is one that will continue to give while proving its benefit in both the long and short term.
Money, Money, Money
One of the number one reasons to switch jobs is for a raise in pay, and while finding a full-time job within your desired salary range may feel next to impossible right now, opening yourself up to freelance work will keep you in the driver’s seat. As you begin the search for your next freelance position, it’s important you know your worth and determine what your salary nets out to as an hourly figure ahead of time. When someone reaches out for a project, stand firm on your desired rate, be prepared to negotiate if needed, and keep in mind that things like medical benefits and supplies are likely now your responsibility. Another thing to consider is the value of your own time. As a freelancer you’ll be responsible for locking in your own clients and projects so budgeting your time will be even more important.
Grow your skillset
As a freelancer you’ll gain lots of experience working with a variety of different brands from across sectors and industries. Each project you complete will add to your skillset and ever-growing arsenal. You’ll become an even more desirable candidate by building upon your resume with a variety of new experiences. As a freelancer you’ll also have the opportunity to learn what type of company and team you gravitate towards by taking on a variety of different projects. If you do decide to go back to full-time one day you’ll know exactly what to look for.
Finding stability as a freelancer
Traditionally, taking on full-time work has been perceived as a stable choice. But in a COVID-19 world, with millions of Americans who once felt confident and secure in their full-time jobs applying for unemployment, we’re encouraging candidates to consider freelancing for the first time. Establishing yourself as a freelancer gives you the option to take on multiple projects at the same time and work when you want and for who you want. As the economy continues to ebb and flow, businesses will have to make tough choices and may be forced to reduce headcount further. Many companies are considering bringing on freelancers as opposed to full-time employees as they wade through pandemic uncertainty. Opening yourself up to the possibility of freelancing will in-turn open you up to more job possibilities.
During this time when the global workforce has been disrupted and there’s uncertainty about what the future holds, freelancing may be the answer. Entering the world of freelance will help you set your own schedule, build upon your skillset, and diversify the clients you work with on a day-to-day basis, making you a more attractive candidate overall. Ready to find your next freelance role? 24 Seven is here to help you do just that.