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Freelancing empowers individuals to lead the much sought-after laptop-lifestyle that comes with the freedom to work anytime, from a location of your choice.

There are many pros and cons attached to working freelance, it can be very daunting but also incredibly liberating. You must work hard to ensure work comes in at a steady pace, which requires a lot of self-motivation.

You have greater control of your workload

As a freelancer you have the authority so say when enough is enough. You are not confined to the standard 9-5, instead you can work around your own schedule based on your lifestyle.

Control over your workload also means control over the hours you work and the number of breaks you take. Research has shown that taking small breaks, even for 15 to 20 minutes, can sustain concentration and keep energy levels up all day long.

Variation of projects

You’ll be able to work with a  number of clients on various projects across different industries. Of course, you may want to focus on becoming more specialist and finding your niche, but this can still allow you to work on a number of different projects within that.

As with any role, you need to be careful to not juggle too many projects at once as this is when freelancing can become stressful. You have to be able to say no and prioritise what you work on.

You’re your own boss

As a freelancer you are essentially your own boss who has the freedom to pick and choose who you answer to. This gives you full control over your career and development.

You can say goodbye to the long commute

Most freelancers never have to leave the comfort of their own home to work, which is great for time management as for some, the morning commute can take up valuable hours of their day. But the freedom of having only yourself to answer to and no one to see all day, apart from maybe the cat, has downsides – the most pernicious to your health being the potential for loneliness to set in.

A lot of freelancers admit to finding the role lonely and isolating at times in comparison to working in a social office where you are part of a team. To overcome this, many  decide to take time out from their everyday workplace and move to different locations. Coffee shops are a popular choice amongst freelance workers as they can enjoy the relaxed ambience whilst getting the job done. Here’s a list of our top coffee shop choices for freelancer workers in London.

You keep all the profits

As a freelancer you get to allocate or keep all the profits from your projects. It is very important however to keep good quality and accurate financial records – with accurate records in place, you are in a much better position to catch any potential cash flow problems, to plan your tax bill, and generally to make good business decisions.

It all comes down to your lifestyle and what you want out of your work-life balance. As a freelancer you have the freedom to choose clients and projects that interest you, you have immense flexibility on location and a chance to experiment with your skills.