Pros and cons of freelancing, online earnings and remote work

Something I'm all about the pros, but I’m writing about the pros, how great it is to have a blog and generally work remotely. After the article about upshift, one man reproached me with sugaryof the exposition, they say, I conceal all sorts of drawbacks in my work and lifestyle. And I thought, but, really, it is necessary to gather strength and write a completely different article, well, as far as I can. Because I don’t see so many cons, and not all of them will be cons, just like my advantages are not for everyone.

Also in the process of writing is also a similar post about Thailand, about how everything is scary and terrible there.

The pros and cons of freelancing

The pros and cons of freelancing


I will try to gather together all the disadvantages that I myself encounter / have encountered, as well as hypothetical ones, which I could also accept as cons. That is, not everything listed here concerns me.

  • The need for self-organization. This is the first and the most obvious thing that arises when working remotely, many people may have problems with this, and I am not an exception. You need to constantly keep yourself in good shape and not stick to any other matters not related to work. Usually in the office there are few such cases (especially if the social networks are blocked), plus there is a boss who keeps track of what you are doing. And then the boss himself, you will not kick yourself - you will not work.
  • Non-working environment. The point is similar to the previous one, but is already connected not with its personal features, but with the fact that the atmosphere at home is not always suitable for work. This may be due to the fact that the sofa is too soft, the TV background is on, or the wife / children walk around and distract constantly. Therefore, some freelancers prefer coworking.
  • "You do not work". Many friends and relatives may not take your work seriously, which may be morally difficult. You sit at home, why it’s hard for you to go there and do this, I’m in the office, I can’t. For some reason, people are not aware that, despite the fact that there is freedom of choice in actions, this does not mean that it is possible to stop everything and break down and start doing some things. Well, not everyone will support you in your decision to go to the free swimming.
  • You go to bed late, get up late. Now I will not enter into the discussion, that it is necessary (not necessary) to go to bed early, everyone has their own opinion. But for those who want to go to bed early, it will be more difficult, since you don’t have to get up in the morning, there is no fear of being late for work, you’ll have to invent a personal motivation for early ascents. What year I have been failing, to reorganize, I go to bed at 2 in the morning.
  • No communication with colleagues. All communication will now be via the Internet, neither smoke to go together, nor at lunch discuss the boss or the company's problems. Perhaps someone will be lonely.
  • Constantly at home. You will not have a daily change of scenery, pictures before your eyes. Can get walls, furniture, wife, children or something else.
  • Earnings instability. When you have your site (s) or orders from the freelance exchange, it may happen that Yandex will one day ban your site (s), or the customer will write a bad review on the exchange and you will be less handle. But for me, they can also be fired at any time and from any job, firms also close down. Of course, a good specialist will not be difficult to find a new job, but the same can be said about a specialist working remotely. And yet there is no permanent salary, today it turned out to earn, and the following month there was a failure in income.
  • Start from scratch. As a rule, we all already have some kind of education and profession, and freelancing and earnings on the Internet have just begun to enter our lives en masse. If the profession and skills allow you to work immediately, then this is simply wonderful, but more often you have to master a completely new area of ​​activity, and this is a lot of time. Plus, at first, incomes will be minimal, if not zero at all, and for some projects even initial capital will not hurt.
  • Several professions. This is more applicable to bloggers and site owners - you need to fumble in several areas at once: here you need to know how to write articles, understand the seo, and know how to monetize correctly, and master web programming. Even if you hire people for all actions (if you have capital), you still need to figure it all out at least at some level, otherwise the money can go empty.
  • No freebies. If you think that the Internet is full of freebies, then this is a misconception. Here, too, you need to be able to earn money and this is not the case for everyone and not immediately. Some simply work hard and win with perseverance, others create something original and leave the idea at the expense of, others still organize the process at the expense of communication skills. Yes, there are some people who easily earn some sms-divorces and the like with them bad things, but we are not writing an article for them. In general, if you do not know how to make money in ordinary life, it means that you will have to sweat.
  • IP registration and tax payment. I bring one more point here, because in my experience I was faced with the fact that it is not so easy, while the office worker does not even need to think about it.

That's all I could think of. By and large, freelancing, remote work and earnings on the Internet is a job for yourself, or, in other words, a business, though not always great. Here you need to rely only on yourself and your strength, and the responsibility for all the mistakes lies on you too, and not on someone else.

Advantages of freelancing and remote work

Since the common (fair for all) advantagesto collect is even more difficult than the minuses, so I will write in brief only what concerns me personally. That is, those things for which I started all this, and for which I continue. For me, the advantages of working on the Internet are overlapping with any disadvantages, and I remember my office work as a nightmare. My attitude to this lifestyle you can read in the articles We choose upshifting and 3 years without work and rest.

  • Not tied to a specific place. Actually, it all started with this, I wanted to leave Moscow for the next area, but from there you can’t go to work. In the region, it is generally difficult to find work, and salaries are very low. The only way out - remote or work on the Internet, which generally gives complete freedom of movement. I did not consider offline business on the spot, he also ties me to a place, and I am far from business.
  • No need to go to the office. I really didn’t want to take the subway and the traffic jams to the office, but I didn’t try to reconfigure myself. I remember how I worked for a year in an office that was 15 minutes walk from home, it was just another life, a different attitude to work! If that firm had not collapsed, maybe this blog would not have been :)
  • I myself decide when to work and when not. I could not agree with any boss to go to the office at least 1-2 days less and work at home, or work more hours a day, but to have an additional day off. Now I just do not have a boss.
  • Spontaneous travel without a return ticket. Initially, I wanted to travel a little more than a standard 2 week vacation. But as soon as I tried the travel format without a return ticket, in principle, and travel travel, I don’t want to go any other way.
  • In the end I like my current job,and it is the process itself. Probably, if someone offered me a similar vacancy a few years ago, I would have agreed, but nobody offered something, I had to create a workplace for myself. Although, to be honest, I only later tasted it, and it all started because of the first two points.

P.S. I would be glad if you write some of your minus, that is, something personally your own. Surely everyone who started working remotely or on the Internet once had its own difficulties. And write the pros too :)

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