Do you enjoy working a regimented yet secure 9-to-5 office job? Or would you rather work on your own terms in the comfort of your own space? If the latter is more your style, you’re in luck, because the present is the best time to be an independent working professional who wishes to move away from an imposed routine.
More and more millennials nowadays are opting for freelance or part-time roles, thanks to the flexibility and fluidity afforded to them by the advancement of technology. Not only does it allow them to pick projects as per their passion and aptitude, it also enables them to diversify their skills and maintain a good work-life balance. If you too are contemplating taking the plunge, here are a few things to think about.
The Era of Digital Global Workspace
There’s little today that cannot be done with a laptop and a good Internet connection. Armed with these, your diligence and calibre, you are good to work from any part of the world without confining yourself to a square office space. Many companies, including top players like Amazon and Convergys, are warming up to the idea of fluid workspaces and allow employers to work from anywhere in the world.
The digital revolution has not only created the global workspace but also new kinds of jobs. We now have web designers, software developers, content writers and so on. These job profiles didn’t exist until the late 90s!
Neha Sharma, a 24-year-old freelance web developer, says, “It (freelancing) gives you control over your work as well as time. You can be independent, work on your own time and, most importantly, you work on your own terms.”
Creativity Can’t Bloom in an Office Cabin
Many millennials today are getting into creative professions which require them to be in environments they can actually thrive in and not a 2-by-2 cubicle. For Priyanka Chaudhary, a 25-year-old freelance writer, the right space is very important when it comes to working. “How can I work at a place where my mind is so restricted? Writing doesn’t come to me this way and I love writing. So it was either something I love doing or something I don’t but is stable. I chose my passion.”
Rise of Co-Working Spaces
Today, a lot of co-working spaces have opened up all over the country, like The Daftar in Pune, Innov8 in all the metro cities and The Hive in Mumbai, making it easier for millennials to rent a working space and work as and when they want to for as many firms as they want to. Bringing together people with different perspectives and from diverse backgrounds, such spaces often end up being the birthplace of start-ups.
Quitting 9 to 5? Think Again
Freelancing may give you the feeling of “my life, my rules”, but it is important to know the risks involved before quitting a stable job. Ironically, the most exciting aspect of flexible working is also the scariest—uncertainty. Some days you are working late hours with more projects on your plate than you can handle, while on other days you are broke and anxious about work coming your way.
Another major demotivator is the unpredictability of payments as opposed to a regular job where you were getting paid a fixed amount at the end of every month. So before taking the plunge, make sure that you know what you are getting into and ensure that you have enough savings to sustain yourself when you don’t get paid on time by your clients.
Which working style best floats your boat? Let us know in the comments below.
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