Why Freelancing Is a Great Way to Opt Back In
Recently, Laura Gerson wrote an insightful article on the challenges of getting back into the workforce after taking time off to raise her child. Though Gerson had plenty of successes pre-baby, afterward, she found it difficult to find work, even polishing up her resume and meeting with recruiters.
What’s a new mom supposed to do? In her piece, Gerson highlighted a great point: Flexible work environments exist. Not only are these environments tailored to your schedule, they can also help you to transition back into the workforce after you’ve taken time off. The flexible workforce is the fastest growing segment of the employment market, which means even more of these jobs will be available in the future.
Freelancing is part of this flexible workforce. Not only is it a great option, but by 2020, 40 percent of the workforce will be freelancing. Let’s get you ahead of the curve by looking at some reasons why you should consider this path:
Helps you to gain needed experience
Freelancing is a great way to make waves in an industry, especially if you don’t have much experience. Like Gerson, you may have worked in the marketing industry before you decided to take a break. By applying these skills to a freelancing career, you’re able pick your projects, boost your resume, and gain much needed experience to build a freelancing business.
Freelancing is the perfect career for a stay-at-home mom. It allows you to be your own boss, make your own hours, and focus on work you find creatively fulfilling. The increase in work-life balance doesn’t hurt, either — in fact, data shows that 86 percent want work options that include flexibility. Therefore, by being your own boss and freelancing your skills, you take control — and responsibility — for your career without someone having to make the rules for you.
Removes the location barrier
Freelancing is a business without borders since you don’t have to go into the office every morning. Job searching for a traditional position means limiting yourself to the opportunities close by, unless you’re ready to uproot your life and move to a new location. With a family in tow and an already established life, freelancing gives you the best of both worlds: You can dedicate time to your family while earning money and forming a business.
Expands your business network
As a mom who wants to get back into the workforce, freelancing can help you grow your business network back up. In the world of freelancing, someone always knows someone who needs someone. Once you work with one client, they may be able to refer you to someone else who could use your skills. This has the potential to bring in more revenue and expand your operations to new companies or industries.
While it’s tough to get back into the workforce, flexible options like freelancing are available. Get your career on track on your own terms, without compromising a lifestyle you’re used to.
What do you think? What are some other great reasons to freelance?
Lynn Dixon is the co-founder and COO of Hourly.com, an employment network that quickly matches people who are interested in flexible positions with the right opportunities. Lynn regularly contributes to outlets like The Huffington Post, Mashable, and Business Insider. Connect with Lynn and Hourly on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.