In this economy climate with dozens of people applying for one available position, many think of alternative ways of employment – relocating to other cities, changing professions, starting their own small businesses. Another popular choice is freelancing: you can do the same job you would in an office, but you perform it from the comfort of your home. Here are some introductory things regarding this notion.
The best thing about freelancing – and basically the most important one – is that you perform work for someone else, but are still self-employed and depend only on your own resources and skills. Not having to answer to someone on a daily basis is liberating beyond understanding and only those who have tried this know how good this can feel.
Generally, freelancing is about finding your own projects and jobs and trying to do it as much as possible. You do not have to sit in an office, you do not have a boss but a client, and you are not employed in a traditional way. Freelancers work for themselves and are highly valued for their skills – often more than full-time employees.
When speaking about the perks of freelancing positions, many people point out the luxury of being able to stay in their pajamas or sweatshirts and a T-shirt all day long, while actually working. Not being forced to wear a suit and a tie, wake up early in the morning or commute to your office is priceless for people who have organizational problems and are unable to fulfill these obligations. Furthermore, freelancers are in a position to ask for more money for their work because they can be paid by the hour and some can even set their own price. This means that they can work whenever they want – at night, during weekends and when they feel like it – and still get as much money as those on a nine-to-five job.
However, being a freelancer means that you have to be available at all times. You do not get to leave your work at 5 o’clock and be done for the day, nor can you wait for the weekend to stop worrying about unfinished tasks. When you have a deadline, there are no such things as Saturdays and Sundays, holidays, breaks, a day off, etc. Sometimes, an urgent project has to be done as soon as possible, so freelancers are no strangers to pulling an all-nighter. Finally, freelancing can mean no time for social life and private affairs from time to time, especially with an important project due soon. Also, people with bad scheduling skills should definitely stay away from freelancing.
How to Find a Freelancing Job?
There are two major ways of how one can find a job as a freelancer: being recommended by previous clients or searching for new ones. People tend to start with the latter and then hope that their clients are satisfied with their work enough to pass the news onto their own contacts, and that is how a web of clients is developed and spread. On the other hand, there are numerous websites – Elance, Guru, Indeed, etc. – that offer a variety of freelancing jobs for countless professions, from writing, translating and designing to accounting, finance and marketing.
Who Can Freelance?
In short, everyone can do freelancing work, provided they have enough time and skills for it. With the fluctuation of the market being evident now more than ever, the list of most wanted freelance jobs keeps constantly changing, but almost every line of work offers a freelancing option as well.