Are you growing and expanding your skillset?
If you’re considering a full-time job as an alternative to freelancing, maybe you’re in a rut. Depending on the type of work you do, freelancing can force you to take on the same kind of work over and over, offering minimal room for development in other areas. If you freelance for 40 hours (or more) per week and continually pick up the same type of work, it can be difficult to find the time to expand your skillset.
But maybe you’re a freelancer who is always pushing yourself to learn new things, despite having a busy work schedule. Maybe you are a self-starter who pursues jobs that are increasingly challenging and skill-expanding. Undeniably, freelancing teaches you how to deal with difficult clients on your own and work on tight timelines, but if you’re the right type of person, freelancing can also push you to grow in your career.
On the other hand, an employer may offer on-going training so you can continue to learn new skills. Most often, companies pay for on-site training. Beyond the skills that you develop, employers may also offer opportunities for advancement.
A question to ask yourself is, "As a freelancer, am I getting positive and negative feedback from my clients?" Usually, clients are more interested in your quality of service than your professional growth. But at a company, your employer might be invested in your growth and personal goals in addition to the work that you produce.