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Working Freelance Vs In-house – A Guest Post

In house or not for freelance writersGuest post by Arba.

Content writing is emerging as one of the most in-demand internet based careers. With thousands of websites and blogs being launched every day, online business is always in a frantic need of sound writers. If you are good at writing, and you are not charging insane charges for an article, there is plenty of work for you on the web. It’s up to you to decide, if you want to work from home or as an in-house writer.

Both of these options have their own pros and cons and though some may love the idea of working at home, others may find it extremely hard to manage. If you are an aspiring writer, and confused about working as a freelancer or as an in-house writer, this post will surely help you to decide.

Reasons to Choose Freelancing  Over In-house Job

Since content writing is an internet based job, you can work anytime, from anywhere, for anyone as long as you have computer and of course, an internet connection. You can churn out as many articles as you want from the comfort of your home and earn a pretty good amount. Here are some benefits that freelancing offers over in-house jobs.

  • Freedom: You don’t have to drag yourself to the typical 9 to 5 routines. No stress of having a hectic routine of running around, getting dressed, having breakfast or sitting on a hard and painful office chair the whole day. You love your couch don’t you?
  • Multiple Jobs: If you can manage, you can decide to work with multiple companies and clients, instead of being forced to stick with just one. The best part? No one has to know.
  • Being with Your Family: If you have a parent, a spouse, or a child you cannot leave alone at home, then freelancing is the best option for you. You can work, while also being able to spend some time with them, without having all sorts of worries going around your mind.
  • Lifestyle Flexibility: Yes. You can sleep anytime you want, eat anytime you want and go out any time you want (as long as you are meeting all deadlines). Do you get that at an office job? NO.
  • Earn More: An office job can give you a fix salary every month, however with freelancing you can always earn more if you know how to manage and distribute your time evenly.

Reasons to Choose In-house Over Freelancing

Remember freelancing is not all fun and relaxation. You do have to meet client deadlines and you must also know how to be responsible and dedicated to your work, if you want to earn a good reputation and of course, income. In case you don’t have a suitable environment for freelancing, you would consider the following benefits of working in an office.

  • Fixed Routine: Are you somebody who prefers and organized fixed routine? As compared to the full 18 hours a day that freelancing can keep you involved, do you like to start working from 9 and ending at 5? If you do, then an office routine is just perfect for you.
  • A Proper Work Environment:  Sometimes a home environment is not the perfect place to work. Family members may constantly disturb you while there may always be some kind of interruptions going on (if you are not stern about your work timing even at home). The office provides an ideal workplace, with a professional environment to utilize your skills.
  • Social Recognition: People would scoff at you or would never take your work seriously if you’re a mere freelancer. Unless you have your own business in place, No one will take you seriously (except maybe another freelancer). Working in a professional environment will not only hone your skills but it will also provide you with a good social standing. If you have a social life, this is definitely important.
  • Career Development: Working in an office, you can always have a shot at a better career opportunity; content marketing manager, content consultant, and so on. Working at home, it would be hard to actually go up the ladder of career advancement.
  • Social Network: When exposed to an office environment, you will be meeting a number of people who can help you grow in your career. You are open to the world and to new developments; something which staying at home doesn’t allow you to experience.

the end of the day, it all depends on your own needs and career goals. If content writing is not your preferred career, you can always be a part time freelancer. If however, you are serious about the writing as a career, you must try and get some exposure from in-house jobs. You can attempt to manage both, a full time in-house job and some part time freelancing tasks, if you have the time, energy and dedication. Whatever you choose do make sure that it helps you in your financial endeavors as well.

So What Do You Choose?

Arba is an entrepreneur and writes on all topics related to Online Business. She’s working for smartpress.com that offers cheap brochure printing  services.

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  • This may come as a shock to those who’ve known me for years, but I recently started working full time in-house for an HR software firm as a content writer. This is after a 6-year stint as a full time freelancer. Why I did this is because I found myself becoming less productive working from my comfortable home office, and I wanted to take my career to the next level as a web copy writer. I also wanted to be able to share my HR background and knowledge with many more people. So far, it has been working out well, and I enjoy the daily interaction with other technology pros.

    While I do think freelancing has its many benefits, there’s also somewhat of a downside to it at times. While I still retain several of my private freelance clients and intend on doing so for the long-term, I have encountered a great deal of respect from my peers as an in-house writer — which really surprised me. As a freelancer, I was often taken for granted and I had to continually fight to be recognized as part of the “team”. I put up with behaviors from so-called pros who knew better.

    But, don’t get me wrong. Freelancing has it perks, including flexibility and the ability to write your own paycheck. It’s also the perfect situation for anyone who is a caregiver or has limitations to full time employment. I’m glad I freelance (part time now), and I will return to it when I semi-retire someday. But for now, working FT just works better for my career aspirations.

    • Good for you, Tess, for knowing what works for you now… and congrats on the inside job.

  • Anna

    I am also pro freelancing. I just freak out when I have no controls on all my activities:)

  • I have made the jump to freelancing after 10 years of grant writing in an office. The main advantages to office work are healthcare, benefits, access to software, free coffee, and the occasional slice of cake or cookie.

    I disagree about social recognition because there wasn’t any for me. My name almost never appeared on my work and I rarely left the office to meet with anyone.

    I know I will have a drop in net income because my tax and healthcare burden will rise. But I know that if I work as hard as I did in the office, I’ll manage just fine. The transition will be difficult, especially because there’s little room to slack off in freelance.

    • You’re right, Caroline – much of corporate writing is done anonymously. And I remember the coffee… most of it was horrid, but the price was right.

  • For me, I’m definitely choosing freelance. I feel like I have more control over my career and where it goes. I can say no to jobs if I want to because I know the risks, and I don’t have a boss telling me that I have to say yes. You know?

    And if I need any work written for me, I am going to choose freelancers as well. They have the ability to say no as well, so that’s how I know they really want to work for me.
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  • Quality content is the key. Save your money or spend the extra to hire someone that’s going to produce quality content for you. Anyone can write an article but that doesn’t mean anyone will read it.
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