Some people seem to excel when they work for themselves and others are best in a group or corporate setting. One is not better than the other, but it is important to know the difference between the two so that you can enjoy a successful and happy work life. Take accountancy jobs, for instance. These jobs can be done within an organization, or they can often be done from home. Using this as an example, here are a few of the differences between freelance and organizational work.
Freelance Means Being Your Own Boss
It’s not so bad to think of being your own boss. In fact, that sounds pretty good. If you are an accountant, you will like the lack of interruptions that come from a home setting, and you will be able to work whenever you want, as long as your tasks are completed.
The other side of freelancing and being your own boss is that you must seek out your own clients, and you are 100% accountable for your own work. That includes dealing with unhappy customers, paying taxes, paying office overheads, and making sure you get paid. In many ways, freelancing is much harder than working in an organization. You will have to purchase all of your own accounting software, too.
Working in an Organization
If you work for a corporation or small company, and you do your accountancy jobs in an office setting, the pros are that you have more social interaction with others. You are only responsible for your job description; others take care of customer service, office overheads, software support, and payroll. When the business slows down, as it often will, you will continue to receive a steady income.
For those who like to do things on their own, and in their own time, organizational work can be a challenge. You will be expected to work a rigid schedule, with very little flexibility, you don’t get to choose who you work with in the office, you have to follow the organization’s rules, and you often have no control over your job assignments.
When thinking about your career and future, do some deep self-examination. If you are a self-starter and like to work independently, try freelance. If you work better in a structured environment, then an organization will be right for you. A final bit of advice would be to begin your career with an organization so that you can learn your trade and build your reputation. Once you are professionally and financially established, you can break out on your own as a freelancer.
Authored by Elliot Jones
Elliot Jones is a recruitment specialist at Badenoch and Clark a leading international recruitment company.
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