Thinking about skipping out on your 9-to-5 in favor of becoming a freelancer? There are a few key factors to weigh out before making the decision.
Our friends at JESS3 teamed up with 24 Seven to create this infographic that rounds up the opinions of freelancers who participated in their 2012 Salary Survey & Job Market Report. Overall, freelancers seem pretty happy with the career move.
The majority left their traditional employment in search of freedom and flexibility. Apparently, being worry-free isn’t a part of that package; freelancers’ top concerns are about staying professionally relevant, meeting deadlines and their lack of a clear direction.
The good news is that according to the study, the longer you freelance, the happier you’ll be beating to your own drum. While new freelancers said they’d be very likely to accept traditional employment in the first year (8.2 on a 10-point scale), seasoned freelancers of 10 years or longer reported a 6.1/10 likelihood. That could have something to do with the fact that 55% of freelancers are expecting a salary increase in 2012 (only 13% are expecting a decrease). Not bad, not bad at all.
Check out the full breakdown below. Are you a freelancer? Have any hot tips for people considering the switch? Tell us about it in the comments.