What is Freelancing – According to wikipedia Freelance (sometimes spelled free-lance or free lance) freelancer, and freelance worker, are terms commonly used for a person who is self-employed and is not necessarily committed to a particular employer long-term. Freelance workers are sometimes represented by a company or a temporary agency that resells freelance labor to clients; others work independently or use professional
Fields, professions, and industries where freelancing is predominant include: music, writing, acting, computer programming, web design, graphic design, translating and illustrating, film and video production and other forms of piece work which some cultural theorists consider as central to the cognitive-cultural economy.
Easily be defined as: freedom to work based on your preferred time, preferred projects and preferred place. Sounds pretty interesting right?.
As the trend leans on the popularity of working from home which some refer to as –freelancing, virtual assistance, home based job and so on. Many people are curious on how it works, some try learning additional skills but some people are hesitant to leave the corporate world and risk working as a freelancer. The big question is am I ready?
Planning to work as a freelancer are new to people who are used to the norm of working inside the office. While for some people it is something new to them so they are facing a blank canvass — full of how’s and the why’s. It’s understandable why some are doubtful to jump on the bandwagon of freelancers, let me break down a list of the disadvantages of working as a freelancer.
No job security – no benefits no retirement pay and no paid vacation leave.
Limited skill – you’re know how may be limited to some job posts available
Time management – messed up schedules due to several jobs at hand
Irregularity of income – your salary is based on how much work you’ve accomplished.
Feeling lonely and isolated – your home will be your office and you’ll sometimes feel you’re locked up from the buzz outside.
You might meet rude clients or worst not get paid. Ouch!
Freelancers are among the most valuable workers businesses have access to — and many successful businesses simply couldn’t survive without them.
To start freelancing:
- Know your strong points and skills
- Build your website and portfolio
- Create a LinkedIn account and other social media accounts. Be known.
- Make connections and build your credibility to your clients.
- Make a list of your skills and services
Advantages and privilege for freelancers are vast compared to working in an office, why? Here’s a list of advantages as a freelancer:
Once you establish yourself as a freelancer, works come find you through connections and the trust you built with your clients. Some clients may recommend you to other companies or businesses.
You are your own salesperson as you build your portfolio through experience and you imprint your credibility in every client and projects you handled.
There are a lot of free tutorials and webinars offered online to learn new skills and videos that you can see to learn and enhance your knowledge. The information are endless online. Or you may also join groups that provides helpful information in freelancing support group like FVA consultany that offers a wide range of SMM, SEO and Virtual Assistance training and consultation.
Your time is within your control, you can organize and adjust your schedule based on the projects your handling. It is a matter of time management.
You have the opportunity to earn more and the freedom to choose your work/project. Be the jack of all trades. Knowledge is power in the freelancing world.
Isolated? Nope… the whole world is your office and the warmest place called home is your workplace where you can see your loved ones while you work. You can also work while you travel anywhere and everywhere.
There are online job platforms that gives secure and safe haven for freelancers who wants to find a job such as:
- Online jobs
- HubStaff Talent
- Remote staff
- People per hour
You are an independent contractor, you are the bottom line, and the success or failure of the business. You are the captain that sails the business through the course of success. You must be highly self-motivated and disciplined to survive without a manager or colleagues to monitor, manage or keep you on track. Freelancer enables you to nurture your interpersonal skills and talent. You are exposed to different scenarios and experiences wherein your situational handling skills are heightened due to working simultaneously using a variety of skills and meeting with different people.
High paying jobs are also found in freelancing, as the projects are endless and depends on your versatility works comes in handy. Some high paying jobs are Graphic Design, Illustrator, Virtual Assistance, Customer Service Support, Marketing or PR Consultant and many more. And as freelancing becomes a necessity and pillar in every company or business, you might want to see the list of categories of jobs for freelancing.
- Data Entry
- Graphic Design
- General Virtual Assistance
- Administrative Assistance
- Customer Service Support
- Content Writer
- Social Media Manager
- Web DesignMarketing or PR Consultant
- Appointment Setter
Choosing to be a freelancer requires passion, that is the main ingredient to be a successful freelancer.
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