Are you considering becoming a freelancer- quitting your day job and working from home, monetizing a skill that you have? It’s perfectly possible to do so, and from the outside looking in it can seem like a pretty sweet gig. However, freelancing isn’t for everyone, and there are some personality traits you have that might make it really quite difficult to get into the swing of things. Here are five things that can come in useful if you want to go freelance.
One of the most important traits a freelancer can have is self-motivation. When you work for yourself and don’t have a boss telling you what to do, it’s completely down to you to get things done. Working from home might seem like the dream (and it can be!) but it doesn’t mean your work day is full of relaxation. You still need to get things done, so it’s important that you’re not easily distracted and are able to work through your tasks off your own back.
You like to work alone
Some people thrive in a work environment. They love socializing with their colleagues, they find a group atmosphere motivates them and they generally enjoy being around other people. If you’re like this then freelance work might not be for you. For some, working alone can be boring and lonely, but if you’re the sort of person that likes working by yourself then this could be your ideal match. You’re free to get on with what you need to do without the input of others.
You’re super organized
When you’re a freelancer, you’re essentially running your own business. As well as managing your workload each day, you need to be able to manage your finances, taxes, collaborate with third parties such as those offering managed services, and generally keep everything running smoothly. You can use planners, to- do lists and software to help you stay on top of everything. While organization is something you can learn and improve over time, if it’s a natural skill that you have then you’re already one step ahead.
You’re good at multitasking
Multitasking is another skill that can come in useful as a freelancer. Your workload will change day by day, week by week and being able to multitask can ensure that everything gets done with the least stress possible. You might be juggling multiple projects with different deadlines, researching different things and putting different skills to the test. If you’re running your freelance business around caring for children, this adds in another element to things.
You enjoy flexibility
Finally, all of us enjoy flexibility but not everyone is able to utilize it in the best way. Flexibility in work means taking time away in the morning to go to the gym or run errands, and then being able and willing to make that time up later on. It means working late some nights to get projects done to give yourself an easier day ahead. If you’re a stickler for routine and like to have your workday all set out then too much flexibility might not be for you.