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How to Evaluate a Freelance Job Opportunity

Working as a freelancer gives you the freedom to choose your own opportunities. These 4 factors can determine whether your next gig is a torturous task or a passionate project.

Even though you love your job as Mommy, you’d like to find a job that allows you to flex your skills and still have time to be with your family, too. So you’ve decided the best way to have the best of both worlds would be to find a freelance job. Thing is, no two freelance jobs are the same, and there are many factors to consider before you apply for a freelance gig. Here are some questions to ask yourself in evaluating a freelance job opportunity to determine if it’s right for you—and more importantly—for your family.

Is this the type of work you want to do?

Typically, freelance work is specialized in a certain field. So if you are looking for work as a magazine writer but take on a freelance gig writing boring press releases for companies, you might not truly enjoy your work. Since one of the many benefits of freelance work is getting to choose exactly the type of work you’ll be doing, make sure that it is something you love. After all, if you’re passionate about the project, chances are you’ll excel at it—and increase your chances for future work, too.

Do you want to work with this client only once?

Maybe you’re looking for a steady freelance job. Or perhaps you simply want to score a freelance gig that can help offset some of the costs associated with your upcoming summer family trip to Disney World. If the client advertises that this is an ongoing job and you only want to work for a week or a month, you might want to consider another position that suits your timeline better.

Is it worth it financially?

You’ve been home for years and are busting to find a job, any job. You don’t even care how much it pays—but you will when you’re up to your neck in work and are only barely earning minimum wage. Even if you think that money is not important, it can become a prickly point of contention between you and your boss, especially if you feel that you’re doing a lot of work and not being compensated fairly for it. Take the time to figure out how much money you’d like to make, and don’t settle for anything less.

Is it good for your portfolio?

Perhaps you’re looking for a freelance job as a way to gently on-ramp back into the workforce. Consider if the position you’re applying for makes sense for the type of career you’d like to have. If you accept any position in any industry, it might stick out like a sore thumb on your resume. So think about what you’d like to do six months from now—or even a year from now—and find a freelance job that fits in with how you envision your career to be.

With work flexibility growing by leaps and bounds, finding a freelance job has never been easier. But consider all of your wants and needs in order to secure the perfect freelance job that works both for your professional and personal life.

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