Becoming a freelancer: ten steps to self-employment
Start writing a post

Becoming a freelancer: ten steps to self-employment

Becoming a freelancer is trendy. In times of co-working spaces and digital nomads, the freelance career is growing rapidly.

Becoming a freelancer: ten steps to self-employment

Maybe there is a pinch of coolness in the job title. But why is the step into self-employment worthwhile? And how do you actually become a freelancer? Here are reasons, tips, and a free 10-step plan from for a successful restart. Over the years have been accelerating companies in the digitization process.

Why become a freelancer?

The reasons for starting your own business are as varied and individual as the experiences of freelancers. Often, but not always, the decision to leave the company and take up a job is a personal dissatisfaction:

  • Under-work and restrictions in permanent employment
  • The desire for new challenges
  • Longing for freedom of choice and responsibility
  • A coincidental business idea can also be a reason for starting your own business.

Independence and flexibility

In fact, it is independence, the desire to be your own boss and to determine what you work for, which is the decisive factor in quitting your old job and breaking new ground into freelance work. As a freelancer, you are more flexible not only in deciding what to do, but also in how to do something. People who opt for a career as a self-employed person often have precisely this claim.

The much-valued flexibility also brings other advantages. Depending on the job, freelancers can not only decide where to work - in the home office, in the café, in the co-working space or even on the beach - but also when. In addition to local independence, you have certain freedom in choosing your project partners and can (or have to) say "no" to unsuitable projects. The advantages are obvious: Successful freelancers are completely free and decide for themselves which job to accept, where, with whom and when to work.


The desire for independence is closely linked to the need for self-realization. "Do your own thing", take full responsibility, take risks and seize opportunities. But also: finally do what you really like, what you can identify with and what you stand behind 100%.

Or just take the initiative and implement something. What is often propagated as welcome in the company as a permanent employee is not quite as popular in reality. The deadlines are too tight, the processes too bogged down. But it is human nature to want to realize oneself. As a freelancer, this need is automatically met.

Professional and personal development

As is well known, knowledge is power and expert knowledge is like superpowers in the labor market. Freelancers, as experts in their fields, are, so to speak, superheroes on the job market. However, this expert status is not simply retained for life. Much more freelancers are required to continually develop in order to stay up to date and so their competitors to stay one step ahead.

In addition, frequent changes in the environment are part of it: changing business partners, requirements, work locations and activities - you have to be agile and remain flexible. This not only leads to professional, but also to personal growth.

Financial possibilities

In addition to all the emotional reasons that speak for a career in freelance work, there is also a very rational aspect: Freelancing can be financially very attractive. Depending on the industry and requirements, the earning opportunities for freelancers are significantly better than in an employee.

Current labor market trends

But not only personal factors or the good earning potential speak in favor of a career as a freelance expert - general labor market trends also favor a future in freelancing. Alternative working time models and an expanded understanding of work-life balance as well as new workplace requirements are playing an increasingly important role for employees and employers. That makes it more difficult to fill jobs quickly and effectively. This is where "external parties" often come into play. With their know-how and often greater flexibility, freelancers are able to fill such gaps quickly and competently.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unleash Inspiration: 15 Relatable Disney Lyrics!

Leave it to Disney to write lyrics that kids of all ages can relate to.

The 15 most inspiring Disney songs

Disney songs are some of the most relatable and inspiring songs not only because of the lovable characters who sing them, but also because of their well-written song lyrics. While some lyrics make more sense with knowledge of the movie's story line that they were written for, other Disney lyrics are very relatable and inspiring for any listener.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments