Over the last couple of decades, the number of people that decide to become freelancers has skyrocketed. The Internet, more than anything else, made this possible, with writers-for-hire, marketers, web developers, graphic artists, designers, and more seizing the opportunity to “do their own thing”.
What’s the Motivation?
To understand freelancers, we have to first consider their motivation for becoming self-employed. The desire for professional independence can take many forms. For some, it may be born in their tendency to bridle under direction by others, while others may simply feel that their creativity is stifled by too much regimentation. Some find that they work more efficiently without the distractions of a shared workplace and still more feel awkward or uncomfortable as part of a collective. Finally, there are many that make the change in order to be able to spend more time with their family.
And of course, we can’t forget the others that think that working solo is the path to untold riches and a two-day work-week. Boy, are they in for a disappointing realization!