Web dev jobs
  1. Web dev jobs intro
  2. Web dev jobs basics
  3. Resume & cover letter
  4. Portfolios
  5. Experience
  6. Freelancing
  7. Freelancing vs. real job
  8. Web dev jobs sites
  9. Web dev job interviews
  10. Getting the job
  11. Keeping the job
  12. Outsourcing
  13. Getting fired
  14. Summary

Web development freelancing vs. real job

Freelancing is not for everyone but a "real job" is not for everyone either. To many people, a real job means working in an office for a company with a stable salary, while everything else is either temporary, unstable, or some other bad thing about it. Hey, as long as it pays the bills and keeps the bank account above zero, it's a real job, right?! This page compares and contrasts real jobs and freelancing and talks about doing both at once.

This tutorial focuses on:

Real job advantages & disadvantages

Advantages

Disadvantages

Freelancing advantages & disadvantages

Advantages

NOTE: With great power comes great responsibility

Disadvantages

Which one is better?

Depends who you ask. Some would say working for a company is better while others would say freelancing is better. Some people would even combine freelancing and working for a company and say that starting a company and being the boss is the best way to go. Evaluate the advantages & disadvantages of freelancing and working for a company and even consider the third option we just presented. Do some research, look into different options, figure out what works best for you.

Doing both at once

It's possible to do freelance work and work for a company at the same time. We wouldn't recommend it though, working two jobs can get really stressful. If you do decide to work for a company and be a freelancer at the same time, here are some suggestions:

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