As an employee, how much you earn is necessarily limited. If you make $40,000, that’s what you make. Period. You can probably get a small raise here and there, but if you suddenly decide you want to earn six figures, you’re outta luck.
As a freelancer, you control how much money you make. Once you know what your return is on your marketing—for example, how many pitches you need to send out to make X amount of dollars—you can earn more just by doing more. And if your schedule gets overloaded with work, that’s a sign you need to raise your prices or go after better-paying clients.
There’s no middleman siphoning away your value and no boss putting a ceiling on your income.