Monday, July 2, 2018

Permanent Job Vs Freelance Job

This July marks me being three months without permanent job, and two months as a freelancer. How have I fared? Well, so far it's been okay. It's been challenging to explain to people on what I do, especially to my parents because most of my cousins and friends have permanent jobs. Sometimes I feel like I'm a part of the millennials :P

M&D still have yet to understand the idea of a freelance, so most days they would yell at the top of their lungs to ask what would I have for lunch, or drill the walls, or turn on the vacuum cleaner, as if I am not working. Sometimes they would enter my bedroom and ask trivial questions when I am in the middle of deadlines. Perhaps this is what parenting feels like.

Here is a table on what I think about permanent job and freelance job. Feel free to add in the comment.


Permanent Job
Freelance Job
You have a number of paid leaves in a year, with notice of leave.
You can take a leave anytime, with notice of leave. No work means no pay.
Usually you get a desk and a desktop/laptop/other work device
You work with your own laptop from home/other places that have desks+WiFi.
Usually you get allowances for health, eyeglasses, dental treatment
No allowances. You should be able to take care of your health.
Work hour is usually between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. You should catch public transportation on time.
Depending on the deadline, you can work on the time schedule that you like. Discipline is still the key.
Weekend and national holiday are really days off
Sometimes you still have to work on weekend and national holiday
You need to look neat as you represent your organization
You can work in pajamas, face masker and no pants
You have a supervisor, whom you should report to, and possibly office politics
The client is the boss. Usually no office politics.
You have a job until you reach retirement age. You have a comfort zone.
When a job is done, it’s done. You find another, develop skills, get experiences.
You have colleagues, lunch time, social events
You can find freelancer communities that share similar interest with your line of work.

Have a magnificent Monday, people!

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