Anyone who either has, or is looking to get a master’s degree in social work will want to know the differences between working for an agency and working for themselves. As a social worker, you will provide counseling to many people to help them overcome their personal concerns and help them improve their lives. When working as a social worker, there are benefits as well as drawbacks to working for an agency and for yourself. Many MSW graduate programs will often provide you a way to get your foot in the door to many agencies from local, state, and government offices. By understanding these factors, you will be in position to decide which option is right for you and your future.
MORE STABLE INCOME
One of the benefits of working for an agency is that you will have a much more stable income and a guaranteed source of work. When you work for an agency, you will be guaranteed a steady income and thus, will have more financial stability as soon as you begin working. This arrangement will enable you to focus on providing quality assistance to your clients without having to worry about your personal finances.
Another benefit of working for an agency is that you will have set prearranged clients. As part of an agency, you will be assigned to counsel certain people on a regular basis and will be guaranteed the opportunity to serve clients on a regular basis. It’s a great way to get started and find out what kind of people you enjoy working with.
MORE FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE
If you want to work on your own, you will be able to take advantage of some specific benefits. One being the ability to create a more flexible schedule. When you work on your own, you will be able to serve clients during hours that are most convenient for you and them and you can focus on taking care of personal errands during the day if necessary before you meet with them. Working on your own also gives you the freedom to work with clients as they want to. You’ll decide together what kind of meetings work best for them.
CHARGE YOUR OWN FEES
Working on your own also allows you to charge your own fees and set specific prices. When you work on your own, you can charge clients fees that provide you with the compensation that you need and can sometimes make more money than you would working at an agency.
Individuals who start a career in social work will have the opportunity to work for an agency or work on their own. Both options have their advantages. Depending on your needs and goals, it will be important to decide which is best for you. Those who value independence and flexibility will want to consider working on their own and anyone looking for steady clientele and income will be best suited for working at an agency.
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