Why freelancers should work in teams?
Freelancing has endless advantages. You can be your own boss. Work anytime. From anywhere. It’s the prime opportunity to focus all of your energy on your passion. You can create an ideal work-life balance that your cubicle-residing friends can only dream about.
However, that is only one side of the coin.
On the other side, you are responsible for marketing and business development. It is up to you to create positive relationships with clients, to build the necessary skills to keep up with ever-changing customer needs, and to make sure all the work gets done– all while maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction and creating a good reputation for your brand.
Freelancing starts out as a fun and exciting endeavor, but quickly transitions into an overwhelming one-man startup:
- Being your own boss makes you responsible for everything — from marketing to business development and client relationships
- Working anytime becomes working all the time
- Working anywhere becomes working everywhere
- Working on your passion becomes working on everything, sometimes on the activities that are not of best interest for you or your company
- The work-life balance falls out of balance
FreelancingTeams provides practical solutions to these pitfalls
Divide and conquer
Continue with your passion
According to Deloitte’s study, only 13% of the US workforce is passionate about their jobs. The lack of passion is attributed to three main reasons – a sense of instability on the firms putting pressure on individual workers, highly rigid and standardized organizational structures and processes, and risk averse.
By working in a specialized team, you are encouraged to create an environment that works best for your team. Whether you are a designer, architect, developer, or a QA person, you have the ability to focus on your passion or areas of interest. By working as a team, you share responsibilities with others instead of venturing out alone which takes away a lot of the pressure and allows each individual to hone in on their skillset.
Work with friends or people you know
Say no to loneliness
As Jyssica Schwartz pointed out in her blog, freelancing can be an incredibly lonely endeavor. Trying to juggle too many things at the same time is not only unrealistic and inefficient, but can be damaging, both physically and psychologically. One of the objectives of Freelancing teams is bringing people together, therefore keeping the mental state of teams and their members well balanced.
Develop specific or diversified skill sets
To keep up with these new advancements requires constant focus and continuous development. Working in a team provides a better opportunity to develop the skills either vertically or horizontally. For example, a passionate graphic designer can continue to specialize in graphic design by acquiring new knowledge on the emerging technologies in the graphic design area. Alternatively, a graphic designer may also venture into other areas such as web design or development based on the interest.
Sustainable growth opportunities
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