9 Reasons People Choose Freelancing

If you are reading this, it is more than likely that you have been considering your options with regards to working from home as a freelancer. If freelancing is something you have thought about, hopefully, this article can offer you some support, information, and resources that will assist you in making your decision.

Easier Said Than Done

Working from home may not always be as easy as it sounds, and, neither is it a decision to be taken lightly. However, once you have made the decision and have a growth plan in place, with dedication, discipline, and support, you can successfully manage and grow a thriving, home-based career from the comfort and security of your own home. Being self-employed takes planning and goals but with the right business plan and dedication, there is no doubt that you can make this work.

Statistics show that there are over a million freelancers in the Philippines that earn between $10-$50 an hour. This is well above the minimum wage for the average Filipino employee. The study also went on to show that 74.8% of these established freelancers have chosen this career path as it gives them the freedom to set their own schedules and can enjoy the freedom of working from anywhere. (1)

I set about asking a few established freelancers what motivated their decisions to work from home and what they hoped to achieve with their decision.  In some instances, the reasons for making the decision were vastly different, however, what did remain similar, was their feedback on what they hope to achieve.

Here are 9 of the  of the most common reasons that have motivated freelancers to take the step to being self-employed and establishing a home-based freelancing business:

  1. Amount Of Time and money spent commuting

Did you know that on average, Filipinos in Manilla spends up to an hour and 6 minutes a day just commuting to and from work? This means that on average, employees have spent 16 days a year commuting, that does not take into account any delays or parking issues which are also a regular occurrence (2)

  1. Difficulty in arranging work schedules around family and childcare
  2. Office and workforce politics
  3. Workplace stress
  4. Unemployment or limited employment opportunities (3)
  5. Earning minimum wage due to limited employment opportunities
  6. Limited opportunities to showcase skills
  7. No growth opportunities
  8. Disability

Let’s take a look at what some of the benefits of freelancing are, and most importantly, what those benefits mean to you.

Flexible Time Management:

One of the most common benefits of freelancing is flexible time management. Many freelancers have established their freelancing careers around having the flexibility to schedule their office hours and tasks around accommodating their families and children, and most importantly, being able to work from anywhere. (4)  Not only have you cut out the costs associated with external childcare, but can also have the freedom to schedule your workday around your family’s needs and spending time with them.

“I was getting home after 6 pm every weeknight. Not only was I tired, especially after the long commute and rushing to collect the kids from after-school care, but also, once dinner and homework were done, it was time for my kids to get to bed. I just never seemed to have quality time with my children anymore. I really missed that, it broke my heart not being there with them when it really counted. “ Vera, Virtual Assistant & PA. Philippines 

How Much Time And Money Do You Spend Commuting?

I am sure that most of you will agree that commuting, is not always fun. You have to get up early and drag yourself out the house in a hurry to only have to spend time doing nothing constructive but sitting back and watching the world pass you.

Ask yourself this:

  • How much time do you spend commuting a day?
  • Now, calculate that time by a week, then a month and, a year. Now ask yourself, what could you have achieved in that time?
  • The same applies to the costs of commuting. How much of your hard-earned cash are you having to spend to actually earn an income?

Endless opportunities

Can you imagine the benefits of having access to global employment opportunities? From the comfort of your own home, you can work for a company or individual based anywhere in the world. Where there might be limited resources or opportunities for someone with your skill set within your own towns and communities, freelancing introduces you to bigger, better employment prospects. As a freelancer, you can decide which of your skills to display and can even focus on what it is you love doing.  You make all the decisions and choose the work you want to do.

“I worked at a local market. It was the only employment I could find at the time that was close enough to home and there are not many jobs for men that do not include some form of physical labor which I was limited to due to disabilities. I honestly hated the work, it was the same mundane tasks every day but it helped pay the bills and I had no other choices. I started freelancing a year ago and my business has taken off.  I have been employed as a Customer Service Agent for a company based in the USA and with nothing but my laptop and WiFi, I work 30 hours a week as a live chat consultant and, earn 3 times more than I did working 50 hours a week at the grocer. I have also been able to take up my studies. Being able to plan my own schedule has been a great way for me to improve myself“ Daniel VA Philippines.

Where To From Here?

Let me make a suggestion, make a list and jot down all the possibilities and opportunities if you were to choose to freelance. I found that making lists are a great way to logically sort your thoughts and an even easier way to sort, prioritize and weigh up the options.

Now ask yourself, if you could choose the hours you want to work, could reduce your expenses, and earn what you are worth. Most importantly, with getting to choose the jobs you want and, do the things you love doing, versus doing what is available to you, where do you see yourself in 5 years? (5)

Next time, we will take a look at what it takes to setup a successful online freelancer.

  1. http://www.profilesasiapacific.com/2016/09/08/freelance-economy-philippines/
  2. https://psa.gov.ph/content/employment-rate-january-2018-estimated-947-percent
  3. https://www.thevahandbook.com/manage-childcare/
  4. https://www.thevahandbook.com/why-become-virtual-assistant/