Freelancers vs. Agencies:

Which is Better for You?

Many freelancers face the question: should they work solo or join an agency? Similarly, clients wonder who to choose. Let's look at the pros and cons of working with freelancers and agencies from different perspectives. Also, see why our agency, Etcetera, stands out as a more comfortable option for both freelancers and clients. Let's dive in!

What are Freelancers?

Freelancers are independent professionals who offer their services on the market. One of the main advantages of working with freelancers is flexibility. They can easily adapt to different schedules and requirements, which is especially valuable when you need to complete a project quickly.

Pros and Cons of Freelancers

Pros:

  • Flexible Schedule: You plan your day and workload.
  • Choice of Projects and Clients: You pick interesting projects and niches, allowing you to become an expert in a specific area.
  • Earning Potential: You earn as much as you work.

Cons:

  • Unstable Income: Your earnings depend on having clients. You might not always have time to find new projects while working on current ones.
  • Unpaid Time: You often get paid per project, not hourly, so not all your work time is compensated. Overtime can be common, especially when outsourcing projects.
  • High Responsibility: You handle everything yourself—HR, design, accounting, and client communication.
  • No Backup: If you get sick or have an emergency, there’s often no one to cover for you. This affects your productivity and deadlines.
  • Limited Specialization: Due to handling all tasks alone, you may not have time to improve your specific hard skills.

What About Agencies?

An agency is a structured organization of professionals from various fields, ensuring effective project execution through a comprehensive approach and clear management system. Unlike freelancers, agencies offer standardized communication and client service, guaranteeing high levels of interaction and service.

Pros and Cons of Working in an Agency

Pros:

  • Stable Income: Consistent paycheck.
  • Defined Roles: Clear responsibilities and team roles.
  • Specialization: Focus on your expertise while the agency handles communication, project management, and client acquisition.
  • Project Management: Effective control over projects.
  • Team Backup: Extra resources to handle unforeseen circumstances.

Cons:

  • No Choice of Projects and Clients: You work on assigned projects, even if they don’t interest you.
  • Less Control Over Schedule: More structured work hours and deadlines, less flexibility.

What Makes Etcetera Unique?

Our core value is freedom—both geographically and in choice. Etcetera combines freelancing and organizational structure. What does this mean?

Our Agency Provides:

  • Client Acquisition: We have dedicated people who enjoy finding and initially communicating with clients.
  • Management: Freelancers don’t spend time on organizational tasks.
  • Infrastructure: We maintain a supportive environment where everyone shares common values and experiences.
  • Community Support: Our team members support each other and share their knowledge.

What Do Freelancers Do with Us?

  • Choose Projects: Select projects that interest them, leading to higher engagement and better results.
  • Client Communication: Understand project needs, discuss plans, and directly influence projects.
  • Plan Their Schedule: Work out a timetable that suits both the client and the agency.

We aim for every freelancer in our team to be successful and free—choosing where to live and whom to work with, while continuously improving their skills.

In our team, freelancers remain freelancers—with the freedom to choose clients, great pay, and support from our team. If you want to join our team, send us your CV!​

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