Full Time Versus Freelance Quiz: Are You Ready to Be Your Own Boss?

9.23.2016, Written by Nora Hartman

freelance-minShifting from full-time work to freelancing isn’t easy – but it’s a choice one in three Americans have opted for.

With any change, there comes a laundry list of pros and cons. If you’re still on the fence about freelance work, take this quiz to see whether you should consider making the switch.

 

1) Im not afraid to put myself out there

Freelancing takes gumption. Independent workers are constantly liaising with new and existing clients to find their next project. You need to be able establish new relationships quickly and not be afraid of chasing down opportunities.

True: ____________

False: ___________

 

2) Working with multiple employers doesn’t faze me

Freelancing means making the shift towards a project-based lifestyle. Effective freelancers work with multiple clients at once on a variety of projects. Each employer will have different expectations and management styles, and maintaining these relationship – whether it’s via email, Skype, or in-person – is key.

True: ____________

False: ___________

 

3) I value structure and stability in my work

One of the primary appeals of a 9 to 5 traditional job is that it’s just that – a 9 to 5. Standard 40 hour work weeks are ideal if you thrive on structured, routine days with a concrete idea of what tasks you will be expected to fulfill.

True: ____________

False: ___________

 

4) Im okay with working at all hours of the day

Freelancers choose their own schedule based on the times they are the most productive. The downfall of is is that as long as you have your laptop and phone on hand, you’re constantly on-the-clock.

True: ____________

False: ___________

 

5) I enjoy having a consistent workspace

There is a certain comfort that comes from decorating a desk with photos and mementos of your family and friends. Transitioning from full-time to freelance means giving up your office, cubby, or desk in exchange for a home workspace or a constantly shifting series of coffee shops. While freelancing allows you to discover where you work best, the inconsistency of location can be jarring.

True: ____________

False: ___________

 

6) Im fine with being alone

Freelancing can be a lonely slog, and the most interaction you have may be with the barista handing you your coffee. While co-working spaces have made it easier for freelancers to collaborate, socialize, and build a community, the camaraderie still falls short of what you would find at a full-time job.

True: ____________

False: ___________

 

7) I dont deal well with rejection

Freelancers need to have a thick skin. As an independent, the value of your work is constantly being assessed, which can be a nerve-wracking and anxiety-riddled experience. Rejections come hard and fast, and freelancers need to be able to not take them personally and move on to the next pitch or project.

True: ____________

False: ___________

 

8) I need a comprehensive benefits package

A literal benefit of a full-time job is the benefits package that often comes alongside. For freelancers, a private benefits package can be elusive. There is, however, support: the Freelancers Union represents independent workers in America and offers benefits packages for health, dental, travel medical insurance, and more.

True: ____________

False: ___________

 

9) I need to receive a regular paycheck

Even if freelancers are constantly doing work, payment schedules may be irregular. Freelancers need to be saving money from previous jobs and looking forward to where their next paycheck will come from. If you need a consistent bi-monthly or monthly paycheck, freelancing may not be for you.

True: ____________

False: ___________

 

10) Freedom, creativity, and self-management are the most important things to me

Overall, this is what freelancing offers. The freedom to select which projects you want to work on, the creativity to work with clients on a vision that appeals to you both, and the ability to manage everything yourself, from your work schedule and finances, to your location.

True: ____________

False: ___________

 

Answer Key

  • If you answered “true” to questions 1, 2, 4, 6, and 10 give yourself two points; if you answered “false” give yourself one point.
  • If you answered “false” to questions 3, 5, 8, 7, and 9 give yourself one point; if you answered “true” to these questions give yourself two points.

If you have 13 to 20 points you are ready to take the leap to become a freelancer! If you’re ready, you can join the 95% of independent contractors that state they are either satisfied or very satisfied with their careers. If you have 12 points or less you may wish to reconsider your options before leaving your full-time job.