The answer is simply that it is up to you!
There are pros and cons to freelance vs. courtroom reporting making one perhaps more attractive than the other. It’s a personal decision dependent on factors like whether or not you want to work from home or with a group of people, whether you want the stability of a full-time job or the freedom to choose to work when you’d like.
Take your time and build your court reporter experience before deciding which is good for you.
As a freelancer, you’re able to make your own schedule in terms of when you want to work and when you want to take time off. That gives you the freedom and flexibility to travel, volunteer, or pursue whatever you’d like when you’re not working with clients but it may not be as perfect as it sounds.
Challenges to Freelance
You’ll likely be working from home which can be frustrating or lonely though for many it’s fulfilling and rewarding. For those that prefer not to have water cooler conversations (Do they call them that anymore?), it’s the perfect balance of having a career without the office politics weighing you down or wasting your time.
As a freelancer, you are responsible for finding and retaining clients.
That’s not as attractive for some as it is for others but it’s the tradeoff of being able to create your own schedule. While it can be feast or famine, you can establish a few relationships that can provide a client base that helps you pay the bills. Then the rest are bonus. For some, the risk is too great and they choose to work a more traditional job.
Working in a courtroom or as a reporter for a law firm means your schedule isn’t your own but you do get a salary and benefits which can be worth a lot if you’re not into networking for new clients as a freelancer. As a full-timer, you’ll know how much money you will be earning each month and can plan ahead for expenses. The downside is that you will likely have to ask for vacation or paid time off – or maybe that’s not a con on your list.
Ultimately, the choice is yours to decide what’s best for you and your family. The flexibility of freelance may outweigh the predictability of full-time or you may find a balance of both.
We recommend experiencing each so that you have a full understanding of the options.
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