How freelancing can help you take control of your life and career
With increased autonomy and flexibility, freelancing gives many people a career path that traditional employment can’t replicate.
want to be more available as a caregiver for their family.
want to address their personal mental or physical health needs.
are not able to work for a traditional employer because of personal circumstances, such as health issues or child care needs.
“I am more in control of my schedule as a self-employed person. Whether it's being a parent or simply being a human who needs time for a workout or a dentist appointment, working for myself means I am more able to take the time I need to recharge in order to do my work well.”
"I originally left my full-time job at a Fortune 500 company to freelance so I could travel and volunteer. Now that I'm a father, I'm even more grateful for the flexibility Upwork offers me to work on my own terms and be present with my two children."
“I am able to take care of my family, cook, read, grow my kitchen garden, and run two nonprofits because of Upwork.”
"Upwork provides me with the flexibility to pick and choose which projects I work on, what type of work I do, and who I work for."
“In my culture and region, working at a bank is considered the pillar of success. When I left my career at a bank to freelance on Upwork, everyone thought I was crazy. It was very hard to explain to my family why I was pursuing this path. Today, I am earning 10 times what I was earning at the bank, all while being able to have the flexibility to work whichever eight hours I choose during the day.”
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