The Double-Edged Sword of Freelancing

The Double-Edged Sword of Freelancing

In all honesty...I should have seen this coming.fore

It's an exchange that I'm having a bit more frequently when interviewing for full time positions. Without being too specific, the conversation usually tends to go a little something like this:

THEM: It looks like you're currently freelancing - why would you want to work full-time.

ME: Although I enjoy working freelance, one of the things I really miss teamwork - knowing that I am part of a group, and being able to work with others.

THEM: Do you feel like it's going backward to return to an office?

ME: No - in fact, I think working freelance has helped me develop a stronger work ethic, allowing me to bring greater benefits to your organization. 

I've previously discussed about myths surrounding freelancing, but in all honesty, I had never forseen that working freelance might be seen as a drawback to full time work. Somehow, the fact that a person is able to fill that resume gap - to find temporary, fill-in work - somehow means that I prefer freelance work to full time.

Both have their strengths and weaknesses - with a full time job, I'm exchanging freedom for stability; with freelancing, I'm the engine that brings work. As a full time office worker, I have lesser autonomy and greater accountability than as a freelancer. In addition, freelancing helps me avoid in-office politics.

So I'm going to ask any and all potential employers to consider a very radical idea - job seekers who are freelancing are not going to bail at the first opportunity. Far from it - we're crafty, intelligent, and strategic. We have an improvisational bent, and are willing to dig in and get the job done. Hiring and training a full-time worker is a major investment of time and resources....and freelancers appreciate that, because we've had to work with minimal time and resources. Think of it as a roundabout win-win situation.

And for those who would argue, "Why would I want to work for anyone else ever again?"  My response is simple - you may thrive better in a relatively unstructured environment, and a structured office job may not be the best fit. For many of us (myself included), either way works best - quite honestly, I like knowing that no matter what happens, I have a steady income no matter where I'm earning it.

End of rant. :)

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