Disadvantages of Freelancing
Where there’s a good, there’s usually a bad. Here are some disadvantages to freelancing:
- Can take time to build a steady clientele. Getting enough clients to make freelancing something that supports you and your family can take awhile.
- Work can be irregular. Many freelancers experience an ebb and flow in their work. You need to plan for lean times, and be ready to work hard to deliver work on-time when work is plentiful.
- Managing multiple clients and projects can be a challenge. While some people like the variety of working on several projects at a time, others may find it difficult to keep track of deadlines and pace themselves to deliver quality work on time. Great time management systems and organization is key.
- Pay may be low to start out. Especially in today’s digital economy, many people expect to pay less for work from a new freelancer. Breaking in with lower costs may be needed, but as quickly as possible, seek to charge what you’re worth and find clients willing to pay for quality.