Are freelancing jobs considered as work experience?
This question is not exactly straightforward. It can mean different things to different people, but let’s try and break it down to understand the issue better.
In most cases, that answer would be yes, because while freelancing isn’t full-time employment (with benefits), it can still help you gain experience in your field. In theory, if you’re just starting in a certain industry or area, freelancing allows you to eventually work on a more permanent contract basis with direct access to more responsibilities and pay.
However, employers are likely to look at this job type differs from other types of employment. They will view it as a job that can be performed at anytime with no responsibilities and therefore are unlikely to think it is skilled work, which will make them less likely to consider you for a more permanent job. In addition, if you have the money to live on your own (without the help of your parents or another family member), you can likely continue freelancing indefinitely without having any major financial commitments.
It is also highly unlikely that some employers will consider hiring someone who has worked for themselves since their careers generally move forward linearly (i.e. you start at an entry-level job and eventually move on to a higher-level position as your skills increase).
Freelancing is a complex issue that can get more confusing when you factor in the different types of freelancing options. While some freelance jobs, such as one that involves professional writing and editing, are considered to be skill-based work and are usually well-paying, others. For example, house cleaning, lawn cutting, babysitting or teaching can be viewed as services, or employers will not view them as work experience.
Freelancers may have an advantage over full-time employees in that they aren’t restricted by company policies like overtime pay, vacations, and holidays. The downside is that their income isn’t taxed. If they decide to start a family, they have no benefits other than what they can provide themselves.
Work experience is the combination of important personal information with professional skills and knowledge. Deciding whether or not a person can be considered as having work experience is based on his/her previous employment history and whether it relates to the job position at hand. Work experience is also linked with the length of employment, responsibilities, and tasks performed within the company or department level, length of time worked in a particular position within an organization, and in which specific organization or department. This combination of factors combined with facts about the job at hand helps determine if an individual has work experience for the position being applied for.