Employment and Jobs

Online Freelancing Vs. Traditional Jobs

a female freelancer
a female freelancer
University Life 143 by Francisco Osorio ,licensed under CC BY 4.0

With the ever increasing population there is underemployment in the society. Jobs are scarce and applicants are limitless. Hence people were made to do freelancing works for living. Freelancing means being a free agent. Doing some gigs here and there and earning money from the jobs after completing them. But with adaptation of technology, freelancing became even simpler as a person can do certain jobs whilst being at home and still earn money.

Whereas traditional jobs are going to an office to work. Traditional jobs remind me of the patent 9am to 5pm timings. Going to the office and sitting at your desk for the next 8 hours in a day and 5 days in a week seem pretty monotonic to me.

Lets see some pros and cons of Traditional Jobs

ProsCons
Routine Lifestyle: A routine is set in your life and you have to look forward to it everyday. It also helps making plans with your friends and family as you already know your work timings.Monotonous: Doing a job 9 to 5 for 5 days a week can become monotonous and causes one to work like a machine rather than a human
Clear job description: Doing a traditional job makes you understand what is expected from you and what the results should be. A clear job description acts like a guideline.Sunday Blues: Sunday blues is a feeling of dread that one feels every sunday when they think of going back to their job on the next day, monday. Most of the people, if not all, experience sunday blues on different levels. If you are experiencing it on a really high scale then it’s time to bring a change in your life or in your job position
Work life: Having to go to an office everyday makes you interact with many people and gives you a social life at work. It gives you a chance to expand your social circlesLess Growth: Your growth as an individual decreases. You are working in your comfort zone and don’t test your boundaries, You meet the same people everyday and do the same job. Unless you push your boundaries there will be really slow growth.
>Fixed salary: A fixed salary is paid at the end of the every month or week and budget planning can be done accordingly for your personal expenses. Travelling: Getting up and leaving your home to go to work at times might seem like a task especially when it is raining outside.

Here are some pros and cons of Online Freelancing

ProsCons
You are your own boss: You decide when to work, how to work and on what to work on.Scammers: There are many scammers online who can cheat you, so choose your clients wisely. If you have any suspicions then do not work with them.
New experiences: With every job task that you do, you learn something new. Even your clients, who you meet online, have something to teach you. You take up different job tasks and push your boundaries. This makes you grow as an individual.Job expectations: It changes from job task to to task. Sometimes the client tries to communicate something ,but it might be interpreted as something else. Therefore, we might not be able to supply what client really wants.
Work from home: The climate of outdoors doesn’t matter. No need to worry whether it’s a rush hour or will you be able to catch a taxi. Because all you need to do is to sit in your PJs with a computer and wifi and do your work.Earnings: There is no telling that you would earn a specific amount in each month. Earning is depend on the number of clients and the amount of works you receive. You might be doing good in this month but you might be compelled to save some of the earnings for the next months as it’s hard to predict the financial situation in the future

Now let’s talk about the main reason why we take up jobs. Money. In a traditional job, you start of with a low salary but as the time passes, your salary increases as you are promoted. As an online freelancer, you cannot just promote yourself. Your earnings depend on the clients and the kind of jobs you do. Online freelancing is more like a start up. At first it is important to just survive in the market (as there is a huge freelancing market already established and many competitors), then make small profit. If you are really good ,it can earn you much more than any of the traditional job.

However, most still believe online freelancing loses against traditional job as there is no financial security. There is no job tenure and no job guarantee either. All this is true. There are some risks involved with Online freelancing, but if you are willing to take the risk then go ahead and get started because if you did the work well, at end, your effort will be rewarded.Some popular online freelancing websites are Peopleperhour, Fiverr, Freelancer ,Odesk (upwork) and Xplace. Remember, there are no guarantees in the life, higher the risks, higher the returns. If you are still not convinced, you may keep doing your traditional job, whilst doing the online freelancing in your free time.

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