To Freelance or Not to Freelance: Architect’s Edition

The Pros and Cons of Freelancing as an Architect

Jonnel Mamauag
3 min readJun 4, 2023

Freelancing has become increasingly popular in today’s professional landscape, offering individuals the flexibility to pursue additional work opportunities while maintaining their primary employment. This holds true for architects as well, who often find themselves drawn to freelancing to explore new projects, gain diverse experiences, and supplement their income. However, while freelancing can bring several advantages, it also poses certain challenges, especially when it comes to getting paid properly within one’s existing job. In the field of architecture, this issue becomes even more complex due to the intricacies of project billing and payment structures. Let’s explore the pros and cons of freelancing while employed as an architect within a company, with a focus on the difficulty of getting paid properly.

Pros of Freelancing While Employed

1. Additional Income:

Freelancing allows architects to earn extra money outside of their regular salary, providing financial stability and the opportunity to invest in personal and professional development. Having another source of income outside of your day job is only a smart move.

2. Diverse Project Portfolio

Taking on freelance work enables architects to expand their portfolio and gain experience in a wider range of…

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Jonnel Mamauag

I draw and design often. I write sometimes. Both for Architecture. See my work on www.metropolitan.design