Freelancing Provides Far More Job Security Than a 9 to 5 — Here’s Why
I’m not here to lie to you about how freelancing is some kind of utopia; but in the modern world — it provides far more job security than a 9 to 5.
The other day, a recruiter reached out via LinkedIn. She said I looked like a good fit for a job she was recruiting for. The job? A senior copywriter for a successful London agency.
The job was full-time and technically remote. I would have to make the trek from the desolate north of England to the bustling centre of London once a month for a team meeting.
The pay was okay, too. I mean, it was less than I make right now but it came with benefits, the opportunity for mentorship and… job security?
I stopped short at that last statement.
Jobs for life don’t exist
I understand there was a time before I started working when jobs were forever. I can’t recall such a time, nor do I understand the type of security and stability that would come with it.
My own parents, older Gen X-ers, moved jobs often for better pay or due to redundancy.
Yet, back in the day, people had jobs for life. Some retired at 60 with lifelong, guaranteed pensions. Others got raises and promotions. Others didn’t climb the corporate ladder, but still had the means to afford what constituted a reasonable modern lifestyle in their day and age.
People were content and didn’t feel the need to move to earn more. But, most importantly, their jobs were secure. They weren’t going anywhere.
According to the Daily Mail though, jobs for life became a thing of the past way back in 2003 when 1 in 3 people stayed with their employer for less than a year. The reason for leaving?
Better opportunities. Or redundancy.
The way I see it, either you have to leave to get better pay, or you have to leave because your services are no longer required.