If you are a photographer then at some point of life you will, if you already haven’t, start thinking about whether you should work for some organization or you should work for yourself as a freelancer.

As the thought of being a freelancer starts peeping into your mind, you should be aware of certain things.

The main difference between being a freelancer and an in-house staff is the stability.

Besides, there are a few other differences which you should keep in your mind to be prepared for switching your career.

They are –

  • Different stability
  • Different financial conditions
  • Scope for creativity
  • Work-life
  • On-the-job differences

Today I will discuss about in-house vs freelance photographer with an intention of easing your life a bit with this article.

I hope, after reading this whole article, it will be easier for you to decide if you should become a freelancer or an in-house jockey.

OK, without any further due, let’s start the main discussion.

Stable or not?

For a freelancer photographer, there is no word called “job stability” in the dictionary. A freelancer may have a job today but s/he may not have one tomorrow. At the same time, he may make a lot more than any job-holder with multiple projects at the same time.

However, the people who work as in-house staffs have a lot more job stability. They may earn relatively lower than freelancers but they would know that they would earn a fixed amount of money every month as long as he is with some organization.

Financially safe?

There are several parts in this section. Among them, incomes, expenditures, and taxes are the main topics.

In the case of freelancers, the best part is, they can set up their own rate and pricing. Sometimes, this rate can be higher than any employed person. Besides, freelancers can have multiple projects going on at the same time. Moreover, they have to worry about their work and other projects. They are always in a constant tension of finding their next work

On the other hand, employed photographers have a fixed but settled income. No full-time photographer can go beyond his/her company’s decision. So, maybe the extra income is not their thing but the paycheck they get from their employers are confirmed. That is a huge relief!

After income, taxes are a big concern for freelancers. Most of the freelance photographer’s forget to do savings for their taxes. And, when the time comes, the banks and governments start posing taxes on their annual income. However, most of the employed photographer get the tax system from their offices. The employers pay their taxes.

The last but not the least is their expenses.

Freelancers have a lot of expenses on their part. For example, Own Photo Studio, the devices, maintenance cost, transport, and many others. On the other hand, typically employed or in-house photographers get the expenses paid by their companies.

Enough space for creativity?

One of the most basic and commonly sought freedoms in the photography industry is to show the photographer’s creativity in every image.

For employed photography, the chance of showing their creativity is relatively less than freelancers as they need to fulfill the demand of their house. Freelancers get the opportunity of showcasing their creativity as they work independently and not bound to fulfill someone’s objective for as long as they are not signed for it.

Work life:

Every single person has a different way of balancing work-life. People have different negotiation abilities and thus they lead their lives. No matter in which profession they are in.

Same goes for photographers. In case of both lifestyle and responsibilities, the freelancer and employed photographers have different level. However, both depends on how they negotiate with their clients.

Managing work-life balance for in-house full-time photographers is relatively easier as they typically have a fixed working time and has other people around to get their jobs done. However, the freelancers are less trustable in this case.

While on-job:

There are a few on-the-job differences between freelancers and in-house photographers. Most of the time, the in-house photographers have less pressure as they work with a team. Besides, their day-to-day works are similar depending on their companies. For an example, if a photographer works with a footwear manufacturer company then the highest possibility is he will keep snapping footwear products for as long as he will be with the agency.

Besides, the freelancer photographers have no fixed job. They have more opportunity to learn new things with new projects. Also, they have a more pressure as their clients rely on the particular photographer they hire.

Personal and professional development:

No human on earth would achieve success if he or she stops developing themselves at any point of career or life. We all are in a continuous process of developing ourselves.

Now, in the case of photographers, this is even more important as their career depends on how they improve and develop themselves for their work.

If any photographer’s skillset gets stuck in a place then that person will be in running out of business soon. For better skills, personal and professional development are very important.

For in-house photographers, the opportunity of developing themselves is relatively higher as most of the companies provides their staffs’ training.

Besides, as a freelancer, one can get the basic development lessons from experts.

These are some of the differences most freelancer and in-house photographers have. Depending on these points one can easily judge what he or she wants to become.

I hope this article helped you to reach the information you wanted to know.

Hope to get you back on the next article.

Thanks.