Developer Full-Time Job vs Freelancing: Live your dream

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  • 03 May, 2020
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Developer Full-Time Job vs Freelancing: Live your dream

Creativity frequently walking hand by hand with the ability to dreaming. Many software developers are thinking about what if working remote from a Caribbean island without the need to go to the office each day. While having full time job could feel you like you sucks the life of you, there are many happy full time employees in technology area. As well, there are a many unhappy freelancers which are looking for full time employment.

While there are a lot of options around and if you are in a state where you are trying to decide what is right for you and which route of career to go, I wanted to help you to consider your options. Not by telling you what you should to do, but telling you what you might want to do - finally, freelancing is not for each programmer because of many reasons.

That is good to have in mind that there no equal situation and each person is unique. Your choice will depend on many factors such as your geographical area, the industry you work in, costs of living, your lifestyle and even if you have to support someone else - like parents, wife or children.

If you love to work remote as freelancer but your full time employment gives you amazing benefits, than perhaps leave your normal job is not a smart option and does not make sense. But, if you in completely different situation and your full time job barely covers your bills and you have a lot of unused experience under the belt, than freelancing can result in much more benefits over full time employment.

Good to remember, that working as full time freelancer you will never be sure what your monthly income will be. Here no salary and I would like to say that you even should not consider this kind of occupation as employment. Working full time freelancer will add you a lot of another duties, like finding your clients, writing proposals, provide your customers with reports and invoices. Basically, you could consider yourself as a small company where you are the same - CEO, CTO and Lead Developer as well. Yes, I live where I want, have my preferred lifestyle and I am full time freelance developer.

Nobody will say nothing if you will decide to move from freelancing back to your full-time employment. And maybe you will even be able to find a position where you can combine your freelancer habits but will have a weekly assignments for office work. In general, going full time will never mean that you will change what you do day by day, but will change the way how you do your work instead.

Without any doubt, you will know better what will work best for you and I would like only to give you some insights to help to clarify about each direction you may take - stating pros and cons of each.

The Full-Time Employment

Saying “full-time” I mean any employment with over 30 hours per week - like traditional jobs with 40 working hours from 8 am till 5 pm and weekend spent with family. Becoming a freelancer will bring a lot of benefits on the table, but there are a many reasons when full-time job is the best choice for you.

Pros of Full-Time job

  1. Consistent weekly income in most cases decent one - in ideal conditions you will never need to care about picking any contract because you see that can’t to cover your monthly bills.
  2. Nice benefits as health, dental and vision care, flexible spending account. Some companies even can provide you with gym membership, travel retreats and funding you for new equipment.
  3. Most companies will likely provide you with a community of individuals around, so you will have a positive working atmosphere.
  4. You will work in person and with individuals that can help to support your role and help to solve challenges.
  5. You will be able to predict your working hours and plan better your free time.
  6. You likely will have the room for professional grow. The company you’re hired by will have different positions with different set of required experience.

Cons of Full-Time job

  1. Less flexibility in your working schedule - you will be required to “seat in chair” from 8 am till 5 pm depending on working hours.
  2. 40 hours of your week will be taken by your job depending on your position, role and industry.
  3. Frequently you will not like the personality of thee people you work with.
  4. You don’t have enough time for other interests and things you love to do.

The list of cons and pros could be much longer depend on other specific factors in your case, but as you can see, full time employment have a lot of amazing benefits and only couple downside.

Full-Time Freelancing

Working as a freelancer you never employed permanently by any one company. That is possible that you will have long term relationships, but typically you will work for different companies same time with a wide range of different tasks and projects.

Pros of Full-Time Freelance

  1. Nobody force you to do what you don’t like to do - you will always decide if you want to take a job or not. In most cases you will decide when and how you will get the job done, as long as you meet the deadlines.
  2. Only you will be the owner of your working schedule. In most cases nobody will care if you prefer to work when sun is rise, in the middle of the day or at night, as long as you meet your deadlines.
  3. You can live and work from anywhere in the world - the most amazing benefit.
  4. You will be in control of your lifestyle and you will be able to find time for something you love to do.
  5. There are a plenty amount of different kind of tasks - it is up to you what topic or project to pick today. The decision is yours if you want to make a new web portal or if you are offering mobile application development services today.

Cons of been freelancer

  1. You make your own business but you are not in complete charge. Taking a new project you will work for someone else and will be responsible for everything from organization to business management.
  2. Without working enough you will receive less money. So, you must be quick and effective. As well, depend on payment terms you may be in situation when job is done already but still not paid in fact.
  3. You can’t afford to get sick when you are full time freelancer - income is totally depends on your working activity.
  4. You can start to feel lonely because most time you will work alone.

As you can see, freelancing come with amazing benefits but the list of cons is long enough to think better before the finally decide to left your full time employment.

If you are considering to change your employment anyway - take the time and think about the following:

  1. What is the ideal conditions for you.
  2. Try to make a plan how you could get the results you are looking for - not just dreaming but making some kind of business plan.
  3. Think about the whole set of your options and your personal situation.

Don’t feel fear to change something. While changes can be a bit painful, frequently it worth.