“Do what you love."
“Find your passion.”
“Live your dream. ”
“Be whatever you want to be.”
These are slogans that have been pushed on millennials since they were infants. This has resulted in more than a few young people struggling to find out what their one true passion is. Sold on the idea that this is the best way to live life, those that have not found what their “passion” is, can feel a little stressed. Not to mention, today, full time job positions with high paying wages, pensions, benefits and decent work life balance are becoming nearly impossible to find.
So what is a confused millennial to do? Answer- Freelancing.
Disillusioned, frustrated and unemployed, young people that have been trying to find out what their career is going to be can start that process through freelancing. It’s the perfect solution.
Freelancing Is A Growing Industry
Freelancing has been a rapidly growing industry and it is just what fits for millenials entering the current workforce. Freelancing today requires tech savviness; something most millennials have an advantage in as they were born into it. It also encourages using different skills, so if you haven’t figured out if your passion is in marketing, graphic design or helping non profits, no problem, you can do all of them at the same time. Most freelancers have multiple contracts and they don’t even have to be under the same skill set. Short term contracts are easier to find and companies have been using them more often to keep their costs down.
Better Work Life Balance
Let’s talk about work life balance, if you want to have a healthy lifestyle today, you need to have work life balance. Well, that means something different to everyone. Getting enough sleep, not working on the weekends, being able to travel. Whatever it means to you, you can create that with freelancing. You can freelance from virtually anywhere and you can basically set your own terms (within reason). I am writing this from my couch right now with my cat sleeping on me and I am getting paid for it. I don’t have to commute anywhere except for down the hall to my home office or if I want a change of scene, the local coffee shop. If I want tomorrow off, that’s fine, I can work longer today and take tomorrow off, or if my work isn’t time sensitive, I can do it on the weekend. I don’t have to ask for anyone’s approval. I am getting ahead on my summer work now so I can take almost a full month off in July. I would say I qualify for a good work life balance situation as a freelancer.
It's Not Without Challenges
The bad part, or should I say tricky part of about freelancing, is you have to make it happen for yourself. There is no security. I can not rely on having this contract till the end of the year. However, I would not be able to guarantee that in any job sector either, so really, I am no worse off. I have to think about getting my own insurance and how to create my own security through strict savings but those are life skills that make me more self sufficient than relying on a company to do it for me. I need to be really good at time management and staying focused. Working from home can have lots of distractions and I still have deadlines to meet. It takes some getting used to, learning how to get enough jobs from freelancing sites, creating a good portfolio etc. But once you get the hang of it, there is a lot of work out there. I feel very secure in this industry and it just keeps getting bigger.
So for now, if you don’t know exactly what career out there is right for you, don’t worry, you can make one up! I am telling you it’s possible, I definitely did and it is the best thing I ever did for myself and my family.
Author: Tatiana Rivers- Freelance Blogger for Tati Rivs Social Media Marekting