Monthly Archives: January 2013

Freelancing vs. Being Employed

final logo_179_url [Converted]Let’s look at the benefits of being an employee versus being a freelancer.

As an employee:

On the plus side:

  • You have a fixed income, which gives you financial stability
  • You have colleagues to socialize with
  • You are paid regardless if there is not much to be done (e.g., during the summer)
  • You have a structured working week
  • You might look better on LinkenIn and among your peers as an employee at a company
  • You need to build your image as a reliable employee
  • You are at the whim of other people

On the down side:

  • You have no creative freedom
  • You have to deal with obnoxious colleagues/bosses
  • You are not in charge of your work schedule or working hours
  • You have to commute, which translates to wasting time in traffic
  • You worry about company politics (the company being bought up, lay-off, etc.)
  • You have a fixed income, so any additional effort or overtime is not paid for.
  • You must be careful on your social media; big brother is watching you!

As a freelancer:

On the plus side:

  • You can choose your customers and get easily get rid of “bad” ones
  • You meet a lot of companies (and managers)  in various industries
  • Each customer opens a new world of knowledge and opportunities
  • You can hone your skills due to new challenges that you encounter with each new client
  • You can leverage your knowledge and experience to the maximum
  • You do not have to put up with obnoxious colleagues or bosses
  • You manage your own work, working schedule and working hours
  • No need to commute; unless you opt for an in-house project
  • You can use social media to your own advantage and that of your clients

On the down side:

  • Your income varies month to month (unless you are able to get retainers)
  • You need to hunt for project/customers
  • You need to track payments, which involves administration
  • You need to balance your input with what you are paid for: any additional efforts you make are freebies
  • Every hour you don’t work, is “loss of income”

Conclusion:

Once thing that is often overlooked: you get a lot more respect as a freelancer than an employee and you also treated better. Clients are aware that as a freelancer, you can walk away from a project at any moment. As an employee, they can treat you anyway they like…they know you are not likely to quit!

Freelancing is great if you are organized and disciplined. If you are the kind of person that likes to be around people, chitchat and have coffee and lunch klatches – freelance is not the way for you to go.

But if you are a creative, organized, disciplined person that likes to juggle multiple projects and be in control of you own work and time – freelancing is the way to go!

(Debra Daumier is currently happily working as a freelance technical and marketing writer. Previously, she worked in various B2B companies. She is also a published fiction writer. She is a member of the  Freelancer Union. Please feel free to connect via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.)

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Paperless Library Coming to You Soon!

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Let’s face it – in the era of paperless and e-books, it was only a matter of time before a library to go bookless.

San Antonio Bexar County will be the first to open its doors to the first bookless public library. There will be plenty of books – just not the tangible ones, but e-books.

The library will open its doors in Fall 2013. Readers will be able to roam the 4,989 square-foot space. This library is the brainchild of Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who claims that he got the brainwave after reading Walter Issacson’s Steve Jobs biography.

The library will not feature the traditional aisles of books, but instead will boast aisles of computers and gadgets. At the start, the library will facilitate 100 e-readers for circulation and to take out, According to the library, it will also have 50 e-readers for children, 50 computer stations, 25 laptops and 25 tablets on site.

We all know the world is changing. I am an avid book reader. I read hardcover books; I have a collection of 1,000 first editions. Books are important to me,” stated Wolff . “But the world is changing and this is the best, most effective way to brin g services to our community.”

Library visitors will be able to take out books on any of the devices in the library. They will be able to take out any of the 50 e-readers for a period of time. They will also be able to bring their own e-readers to the library for loading books onto their own devices. The library will also be partnering with e-book providers or distributors to provide access to over 10,000 titles.

However, the provider(s) of equipment, including e-readers, has not been decided yet.

Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble are known to offer services on their respective e-readers which work at libraries.

However, the library will not be completely paperless. As Wolff stated: “the only thing I believe we will charge for, is if you want to print out something. We will charge for the copies you would want to print out.”

What do you think – is this a great development? Or, like me, would you like to leaf through (hard copy) books? Please let me know!

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