Though I’ve had full time, part time, and one-off clients for the past 15 years, I was strictly an independent contractor throughout that time. Freelancing allows me to choose the clients I want to work with, set my own rates, and be flexible with my time. It can be feast or famine, and not all clients are a joy to work with, but freelancing served me well over the years.
I recently began looking into leaving the home to work full time in a nearby office. It’s not really what I want but sometimes the reliability of the full-time office job appeals to me more than hustling for new clients. However, it wasn’t until we had a medical emergency in our family, that I realized the importance of freelancing for my particular situation.