Working in the creative industries: is freelancing the road to success?

  • Getting to decide your own work schedule — This can be ideal as it allows a huge amount of flexibility which could allow you to take on a combination of small projects at the same time.
  • Full control of your own workload — This ties in with the previous point, allowing you to decide who you would like to accept projects from and what type of projects you feel like you would want to undertake while also balancing that against what projects you believe you could complete to a high standard.
  • Experience working in different roles — While working an in-house job for a company offers reliability it doesn’t offer much in the way of role flexibility, whereas a freelancer who is able to take on various smaller projects has the ability to gain experience in multiple roles ranging from level designer to script writing. This variety allows a freelancer to show a broad level of experience in any interviews and gives them the actual experience to fulfil these roles to a higher degree at their next opportunity.
  • Potential lack of work — As previously stated working alone can lead to having potentially no work, which in turn will lead to a lack of income. This is indubitably not the income that anyone is hoping for and without a backup plan or savings can be financially disastrous to a person.
  • Responsibility— As much as being able to decide when and what projects you undertake sounds incredibly beneficial there is also the other side of the coin where you also have to deal with the side you would not encounter in an in-house job. You will be fully responsible and in charge of dealing with clients, taxes, billing and customer service. For many this coupled with all the same responsibilities of working for a company can be the deciding factor someone choosing between freelancing or not.
  • Isolation — For many this point can swing in either direction as many people will feel out of place having to undertake all the responsibilities a team would have to deal with, while others are in their own element doing a project on their own without the burden of others.

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