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What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Working as a Freelance Animator?

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:

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Working as a Freelance Animator?

Advantages:

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.

1. Work your own hours and amounts

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.

2. Determine your own rates

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!

3. You can work remotely

Disadvantages:

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.

1. Rather unstable work-life, searching for work all the time

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.

2. Feelings of isolation

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.

3. No paid time-off

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