Going freelance isn't an easy decision. There are a lot of factors to consider that could make or break your independent career. To get started, boil them down to these five questions. Photo by Eduardo Otubo.
As productivity site 99u explains, freelancing is a tough gig where you're your own boss, agent and payroll department. It's not for everyone. If you're not sure whether you can handle it, begin by asking these questions:
- Why exactly do I want to strike out on my own?
- What makes you think you can do better than the people already on a company's payroll?
- What do you have to sell, and to whom?
- How do you really know if you can cut it?
- How will you get off the ground?
Each one of these questions cover an aspect of what it's like to work on your own. They don't have simple answers, which is good. As a freelancer you'll need to get used to finding creative answers to tough, borderline existential problems. Check out 99u's post for a more detailed breakdown on how to consider whether you're cut out for freelancing and how each one of these questions has a significant impact on how successful you'll be at it.