For anyone who's ever toyed with the idea of quitting their full-time job and working independently, CNBC speaks with two successful freelancers who've been there and done that.
Jon Yongfook Cockle, is a Singapore-based entrepreneur and software engineer who has founded several software companies such as Beatrix and Pitchpigeon, some of which were successfully acquired.
He had also spent the last two years as a digital nomad, rotating between sandy beaches and Asian cities which were his offices, and stayed in hotels where chores were never a concern.
"I travel from country to country and when I get the urge to explore another country and work there, I simply just go," Cockle told CNBC.
"That's the kind of independence you don't get with a typical office job."
Another expert, Jon Myers a digital product designer says he functions like a proper company, is able to scale up if a project calls for it, and customers who work with him also get to "plug into [his] network of A-list talents."
Myers has worked on various freelance projects from biotech to finance, and his most recent project was for a venture capital firm in Vietnam, where he helped to design a new digital bank from scratch.
Myers and Cockle are not exceptions to the norm.
"Freelancers are an important part of today's workforce," says Rahul Shinghal, general manager of Southeast Asia at PayPal, which also provides a payment services and 'seller protection' for freelancers.
"They add immense value to the global economy and provide high quality work at competitive rates," says Shinghal.