Corporate Jobs vs. Freelancing
"There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier."
I like security, regular paychecks, and paid vacation time. You know, the perks of a regular salaried job.
But … I also like getting paid exactly what I'm worth … taking more than a week at a time for my vacations … and configuring my work as a writer (something I love) around my life, not the other way around.
There are benefits to both. I've been in the corporate and the freelance worlds, and I have to admit, there are days I miss the simple routine of having a job.
Then I smack myself upside the head and realize I have a pretty nice lifestyle.
This isn't a walk in the park, though.
You need a pioneer spirit, a dash of a modern-day Davy Crockett or Calamity Jane. Do you have that? How about good old-fashioned work ethic?
So what's the difference between freelance copywriting and the traditional model of work? See if you can relate to any of these, and whether the appeal of freelancing outweighs the security of a job:
In the corporate world, annual performance reviews are standard, along with a 3-5% raise or a promotion.
Freelancing? Give yourself a performance review, set some objectives for next year, and promote yourself. 10-20% increases are pretty common, and I know copywriters who doubled their income from one year to the next. It's all up to you.
Two to four weeks of vacation a year is standard with corporate jobs. Freelancing? Take off whenever you want. Of course, you're not getting paid when you take off either. (But, as a freelancer, you also control your schedule. You don’t have to ask the boss for time off!)
I traveled about nine weeks this year, and I'm planning on 13 weeks next year. Keep in mind, however, I combine my work with my travels. You can, too.
Corporate jobs often have limits on incomes. Freelance income is truly limitless. It's an open frontier! You can blaze your own trail and be a pioneer in a new niche, or make your mark in an established one.
My suggestion? We have two months left this year. Take a couple of days coming up soon to really take stock of where you are, and where you want to be a year from now. Write down some numbers — how much you made this year from your job, how much from copywriting, and what your freelance income goal is for next year. Figure out what you'll need to do the next 12-24 months to start enjoying the writer's life.
If you have a good job, keep it. Work at freelancing part-time until you build up a nice income to make the transition to being on your own full-time. If you don't have a job? Promote yourself today, immerse yourself in the freelance adventure, and stake your claim!
Did I miss any? What other benefits have you enjoyed from living the writer's life? Tell me in the comments.
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