Just trying to leave the house with a clean shirt

Thanks to high speed internet, laptop computers and now smart phones we don’t need to physically be in our offices to stay on top of our work. These technological advancements not only unshackle us from our desk, but also blur the typical lines of employer-employee relationships.

Many companies are realising the economic potential of not only releasing employees from their desks but also from the company framework, and this less structured approach can really benefit working mums, especially those with dependant families. Hiring freelancers allows a company to save money on travel expenses and benefits, and can work especially well when a company needs to fill a position short-term, with as little hassle as possible. It also works well when a company needs a skill set or expertise for an intensive project, and it is not worth training current employees in that field.

So it makes sense for Israeli companies to hire freelancers, but what is in it for you? The answer is flexibility. Freelancing offers you the option to work from home, with a flexibility of hours that most bosses are not willing to provide in-house. This means freelancing can be a great option for working mothers. You also get to be your own boss, choosing your own assignments and managing your own schedule. If you have a transferable skill set or profession, from programming to interior design, translating to bookkeeping it might be worth your while to go freelance.

Obviously freelancing requires effort on your part, both to find and manage your workload and also to deal with all the administrative side of the business. Some people also miss the social environment in the office, or worry about the lack of fixed pay cheques.

For some it might be a great short-term solution, in between in-house positions. For others, who thrives on self management and enjoy the flexibility, it could be the perfect working arrangement.

Are you a freelancer? An tips on keeping productive whilst working from home? All comments welcome!

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