Benefits and Challenges of Freelancing
In summary, here are the key benefits of freelancing:
- You can work from anywhere
- You don’t need to be near a shared workspace to work from home (e.g., you can be in your car or on your mobile device wherever you are).
- You can work from wherever you want
- Whether it’s at home, at your office or a friend’s office (your office could even be rented for the day).
- You can get paid less than full time employment
Because you don’t have office hours to follow and don’t have sales teams to manage… You have time on your hands!
Your business can grow and expand without having to hire other people.
Most importantly, these benefits come through because freelancing allows one person working remotely from anywhere to benefit from the proven productivity gains that come from having multiple tasks submitted at once rather than focusing on individual tasks.
By combining multiple tasks into one big project, a person becomes more productive and results in more overall value for their company — not just one project which is likely only half as large as it could be due to focusing on individual tasks.
This is especially true when it comes to time management and productivity issues (as well as financial savings).
The challenges of freelancing
In the last few years, there has been a significant shift in how people work. Most people now work in offices — and not just for companies.
Offices are still likely to be more common than cubicles, but freelancing is making big waves too (it’s probably the fastest growing job sector in the U.S., with more than 700,000 workers currently freelancing). It’s safe to say that the number of people doing it is on the rise.
The upshot: office work is no longer just for companies anymore. It can be done by anyone who wants to get paid for their time, anywhere at any time — and it can also be done from anywhere (whether a cubicle or an office).
This new era of “freelance work” presents profound challenges for both freelancers and employers.
Starting a business can seem intimidating at first: you need to understand all aspects of paperwork, tax, banking and insurance; deal with banks, accountants and lawyers; set up payrolls; negotiate fair working hours; learn how to pick the right clients; find clients who are reliable, trustworthy and happy to pay on time—and more.
But if you’re single or don’t want children yet, you can do freelance work without having to consider any of these things at all!
The importance of a good workspace
A workspace is a room in which you do your work. Just as machines are like tools, we find it useful to think of a workspace as a machine. That’s because, just like a car might be used for getting from point A to B via Point B, a workspace can be used to get anything done by you — not just work, but anything else that involves typing or doing other things with your hands. The more powerful the tool you use the more effective the tool will be.
The following items are generally considered to be good:
- A table or two in front of your computer (or laptop)
- An ergonomic home office chair designed with your body in mind
- A good quality mouse and keyboard (such as the “Logitech G5 Desktop Mouse and Keyboard”)
- A high-quality monitor (such as at least 3000×2000 pixel resolution)
- A good quality printer and office supplies
Only when you consider these things does it become clear what is really important for a workspace: it should support all these things and then some! It should give you enough room to do any work that requires typing, so that you have enough space on which to rest your arms while working at your computer; allow you enough room to move around while working at your computer.
It should provide enough proximity between yourself and the screen that allows for comfortable eye contact with it; provide enough space between yourself and the chair so that when sitting down on it you don’t feel an intrusive presence; provide adequate light so that you can see what is happening on your screen without having to look at it directly; provide sufficient ventilation for heat dissipation without making its occupants sweat excessively; etc.
It should also give plenty of ventilation for dust accumulation without making its occupants smell excessively bad. Finally, since many people will sit still while they work they need space where they can move around freely while working — this is especially true if they are going through long tasks. So if these basic requirements are not met then one might as well not bother setting up their workspace at all !
Home offices have become increasingly popular in recent years, and there are many ways of setting up and organising them:
• You can have an office at home
• You can use a shared office space
• You can have an “office by the couch” setup where you don’t have any furniture or pieces of equipment and everything is done on the floor (including your personal belongings)
• You can hire a professional for this kind of setup, but their fees are quite high. If you don’t mind spending some money to get this setup, here are some ideas on what to consider when creating your workspace at home:
• Doing research before setting up anything in a new location might help finding some inspiration: check out how other people set up their home offices. This can help create your workspace at home too; especially if this is something that was always done in your family or with friends, it will give you some inspiration!
My workspace had just enough space for me to do all my work-related website planning projects and have everything else packed away neatly. The only time I actually needed any piece of gear or equipment was when I went out for work and came back later.
Of course, having everything packed away doesn’t mean that you don’t need anything; however, having everything out makes it easier for others to move into a location if they want to come into our space — which is great!
There are many ways to make things more productive at home (such as adding extra storage space), but this post will focus on making your home office into a central point of convergence for all other work activities — especially those related to freelancing. Some key things to consider:
Make sure you have enough room for everything. Too much clutter or too many devices can make your workspace harder to manage and function properly; even small spaces can become cluttered quickly with too many devices taking up precious desk space or being left behind when going out for coffee; too few working stations can make everyone feel rushed — especially when there are kids around.
Use things like file cabinets, shelves, desks etc., wherever possible — especially if you want to use them for more than one purpose (i.e., specifically for filing). You want them in clear visibility so that you know what you have and what is left over; but also so you don’t forget where they are when you need them.
Think about having computer stations — one near each window or door, ideally with software running on one screen while everything else is done on a separate device (e.g., Chromebook). This makes it easy to access files easily without having every device plugged into an outlet at all times; makes it easy to move between screens depending on what needs doing; allows setup and startup time down in the future should something go wrong with any given device.