Five Great Things Why Being A SAP Freelancer sucks!

In this modern world, there are a number of career paths that a SAP Freelancer could benefit depending on the skills and projects that is in lined. But to establish as a legitimate and recognized SAP Freelancer can be challenging. Listed below are the reasons why being a SAP Freelancer can be difficult.

Uncertainty

While most freelancers working in SAP may have all the time to work on their own and spend vacation, the work behind a SAP freelancer has no definite time. The work can end soon or earlier than expected. This is the difficult part of being a freelancer in SAP. You get to work your own but your contract depends on your client whether he/she wants to rehire you to do another project or refer you to others.

Vacation

You may be thinking vacation is a big comfort that a SAP Freelancer should enjoy but to be honest its not. Yes, you can have all the time and days you want to spend your vacation but you need to remember as a freelancer, you spent the money based on the project you worked on. Unlike, if you are employed in a SAP Consultancy Company, you get paid when you take vacation. You need not to worry about the expenses you’re going to spend since some vacations are paid and at times shouldered by the company itself as a reward courtesy of hard work. Likewise, when you get injured then as a freelancer you need to spend your own money unlike if you’re employed by a company your health insurance will take care of it.

Administration

As a SAP Freelancer your role can be multi-facet which means you need to do a lot of things for your client. You may need to send them an invoice, issue a refund when a client is dissatisfied, attending to many clients with tight deadlines. See, you tend to be working alone all by yourself not unlike when you are employed in a company, your work schedule is fixed and by the time you finished your work in the office, you no longer have to work on other things but take a rest inside your home.  You get paid in a fixed month, insurance have been secured as well as taxes. So as a SAP freelancer is not an easy responsibility.

Selling yourself

Freelancing which relates to SAP Projects requires you as a freelancer to have the right skills and right portfolio so that your client will entrust you the project that you’ll be working. You need to build your name and earn your reputation in SAP Freelancing which can really be too difficult to handle. Unlike when you apply in a company, you just need to prepare one thing the interview and the exam so that you’ll be hired.

 

Lowest Rank

Last but not the least, as a SAP freelancer you don’t have the chance to be promoted or have a raised perhaps on your work performance. When you are employed in SAP Consultancy, these opportunities are already present; you just need to work hard for it.

At the end of the day, if you decide to work as a SAP Freelancer or apply to a company it’s a matter of choice. The decision lies on you whether which path you want to take.

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Technical

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I was thinking of areas where they do not document. I was thinking of childcare or housepainters. I guess that in the first instance it would make sense to document the child’s progress. The house painter could probably document what he has done, in order to avoid other problems in a later stage and easy paint the same color for the client again.

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The other poster wrote about a process for a creating for an entire hospital and how to make sure that everybody know how to document. A part of the process is also the test everybody’s knowledge according to some guidelines. That should also be an idea that we should start to implement.

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