Recently I’ve been meeting more and more former colleagues, who are now working freelance. I made this decision in 2011 and haven’t been looking back. Just today I was asked if I could imagine working in a permanent position again. To answer that question, here’s what my experience has been…
Flexible work schedule
Since working freelance I am in charge of my own schedule and can work when I’m efficient and not work, when I need time to recover. I don’t have to think about how many vacation days I have left or if I’ve accomplished my contractually agreed hours for the week.
Control of projects
Granted, this is sometimes more theory than fact. Because at the end of the day I can choose only from the offers I receive. But even when there are only two options on the table, I am in control and can choose which one I want. Also: there is always the option to reject an offer. So when I do decide to accept it, I can hold myself responsible for it.
More focus on results
As a freelancer there’s the huge advantage, that I can focus on the work, rather than office politics. I am hired for a specific task or project. So it doesn’t matter what my title is or who within the company is following which career motivation. I am doing my own thing and can keep my eye on solutions and results.
For me this has lead to having more control and purpose in my work, which also provides me with more motivation. Financially I am probably making less than I did in my last permanent position. Go figure. Studies support these tendencies, that job motivation is higher when people experience autonomy and control on the job.
Employers will have to adjust
Agencies and companies will have to adjust accordingly. I am not surprised more and more people are working freelance. And I suspect that’s also the reason why more people request sabbaticals and complete a quick yogateacher-training to have career alternatives. A more flexible work-approach and increased autonomy on the job will not only reduce these challenges, but most likely even boost performance.
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