It’s something about the New Year that makes you want to reflect on your life, but It was early 2012 when I began second guessing my choice to freelance in the fashion industry. For those not familiar with the term, a freelancer is a person who works as a writer, designer, performer, etc.; which sells their work or services by the hour, day, or job, rather than work on a regular salary basis for one employer. Realizing that freelancing wasn’t the conventional path, and seeing everyone else in their permanent positions made me really question myself. Should I acquire a full-time permanent position with a company? My mother urged me to do so, but the idea of this didn’t sit well with me.
Similar to Alice falling into the rabbit hole, I fell into freelancing. It started with one freelance fashion gig, and more started to pour in afterwards, and it has been this way for the past 2 years. This has been a lucrative opportunity for me, and I am able to pick, choose, and refuse assignments, negotiate my pay, and set my terms. It is a freeing experience to not be tied to one place.
Although very freeing, freelancing comes with responsibility; it requires you to be a Boss! It is your obligation to pay for your own fringe benefits, and be great with managing money for the times in between assignments. Also you may be responsible for withholding your own taxes. Despite all these factors freelancing is great experience. I can attest to some of the benefits such as the pressure and stress levels are comparatively lesser, you have the flexibility to take off time when needed, you can negotiate your rate, and it gives you a sense of independence.
The odd thing about me questioning my own standing was that, whichever company I’ve worked with, on several occasions permanent staff members would approach me inquiring about freelancing. They had a yearning to freelance, but questioned how I was able to manage without job security. The fear of job security kept them stuck in their own invisible prison. What job security; it doesn’t exist! This is was an eye opener for me. Here I was questioning my own freelancing path, while others sought to do the same. Come to think of it, I wasn’t in such an unpleasant place after all. In my view, the pressure to conform to society’s standards, made me question my own judgment. Along with this insight, I had to make the best decision for myself.
Freelancing takes courage and faith that as one assignment comes to an end, there will be another right after it. So by the time summer 2012 rolled around, I felt secure in my decision to remain a freelancer. My priority was my peace of mind and happiness. Furthermore, freelancing gives me the opportunity to work on other ventures, which you will be hearing more about in the near future.
Are you interested in setting your own terms by freelancing? What valuable skills or service can you offer as a freelancer? What is the ultimate obstacle that can hold you back from taking the leap into the freelance world? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
Shawna Kay (Blissed Out Belle)
Kay is a Lifestyle & Empowerment Enthusiast, and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blissed Out Belle™. Connect with her on Facebook here, and follow her on Twitter @BlissedOutBelle .