Working as a freelancer is, for many, a very enticing thought.
It sure makes sense when you think of the benefits like working “your own personal hours," and charging “whatever you want” for the work you put out, but before you decide to take a dive into the ocean of freelancing, here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of being a freelance animator:
1. Work your own hours and amounts
Freelancers get to pick and choose when they want to work, and how much work they plan to do in a day, in a week, and in a month. For many, this is one of life's greatest treasures.
2. Determine your own rates
While this can be a blessing and a curse sometimes, it's certainly more of the former for the most part of working as a freelance animator. When you set a rate for yourself, you can be more honest about how much work you can do at any given time.
Additionally, you can increase the rate over time as you improve as an animator and a businessperson.
3. You can work remotely
Work from home, in a cafe, or even in an airport if you enjoy working there! Working freelance gives you the flexibility to work pretty much wherever you are most comfortable.
Also, not having to constantly report to others can be a blessing!
1. Rather unstable work-life, searching for work all the time
When we say the word hustle, we don't say it lightly. Starting out as a freelance animator often involves exhaustively searching for more work in the various corners of the animation market.
2. Feelings of isolation
It can get pretty lonely working as a freelance animator. While some people might thrive in solitude, it isn't for everyone, and it can be a little bit intense when you realize you don't have anyone else to fall back on when you work in a studio.
3. No paid time-off
The biggest problem with freelancing is that when you're not accepting work, you're not earning.
And when you take some time off, that's a lot of time you're not working and subsequently not earning.