Ever thought that a freelancer was just a lazy person sitting at home all day, chatting to friends on the phone or playing games on the computer? Well, I hate to tell you, but you thought wrong. Yes, it is true that freelancers can do projects from home, and can generally work their own hours - but in some cases they can sometimes end up working harder than the average office employee.
In this article, we will look at a few aspects of time that a freelancer has the benefit of over normal company employees. We will see that freelance jobs can often require more effort than other standard tasks, and that when it comes to freelancing, less time is actually wasted than the equivalent person working in an office on an identical task.
Firstly, and possibly the most obvious reason why freelancing works so well is the elimination of bureaucracy. A freelancer reports to himself, and no one else. So when it comes to speeding the job along, they can work at their own pace on the freelance projects that they choose, and hence get things done more efficiently. This is on the contrary to what office workers have to do. Each step of a job is often checked or signed off by someone of a higher rank. If this person is not present in the office, the task can not continue. This is an extremely avoidable waste of workers time, and hence is much more inefficient than the work of a freelancer.
This brings us to the second factor - breaks and delays. As I mentioned delays a few sentences ago, let me move on to the aspect of breaks. Usually, office workers get a morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea break. They stop doing whatever they are doing to take the time off with colleagues, or to attend appointments they have specified for their particular break hours. If this interrupts a task as it is progressing, starting it back up again may require quite a bit of effort and further time. On the other hand, for a freelancer, a break can be taken whenever it suits. There are no set hours, and therefore there is no pressure to adhere to a set time code. If a freelance job is progressing well, a freelancer may choose to simply keep on going and get it finished, rather than have to stop and start.
Clearly, this is a major benefit to freelancing. Working your own hours, and having the ability to work around your own person schedule or daily demands, will suit many people who are not satisfied with mainstream timetables. Couple this with zero time spent commuting to work each and every morning, being able to shop during the "quiet times", and being able to holiday whenever you want, and the freelancer lifestyle just keeps looking better and better.
So, if you like what you've heard in this article, why not give a freelance project a try? Plenty of websites are available to help. Good luck out there!
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Emily Thompson is the author of this and several other articles about freelance jobs. If you are a freelancer, visit Freelancer.co.uk to explore great opportunities available for freelancers
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