What is Freelancing? Want to be a Freelancer?

According to research, around 57 million Americans were doing freelancing in 2017. According to an article in Forbes.com, the number of Americans doing freelancing is increasing on daily basis and it is anticipated that over half of Americans will be doing freelancing till 2027, according to an article in Forbes. Some choose to freelance as a full-time job and there are still some people to do their normal routine jobs, wanted to join the freelance market to earn some extra penny. The proliferation of such part-time and freelance work has people talking about new kinds of labor markets.

What is Freelancing?

            Freelance, freelancer, freelance worker, and freelancing are commonly used terms that have the same meaning, used for a person who is self-employed and is not necessarily committed to a particular long-term project. These are those people who sell their skills. Sometimes represent a company or a temporary agency that resells freelance labor to clients.

The most common types of freelance opportunities include:

  • Graphic Designing
  • Article Writing
  • Blog Post Writing (for example Health Blog, About Pakistan, education)
  • Social Marketing
  • Accounting / Bookkeeping
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Teaching
  • Web Designing
  • Web Development

The income of freelancer varies from the skilled they offered, and the market they are targeting. Some freelance focus on a particular industry such as the pharmaceutical industry. Skills that required more education or experience. Such as accounting or website coding, generally pay more than skills that don’t require as much.

 Want to be a Freelancer?

            If you want to be a freelancer on a full-time or part-time basis one has to identify what set of skills you are having. If you are not able to identify your skills then try to learn some. There is a hell of material available at youtube.com and another website where you can learn new skills easily and can start your freelance career.

There is no hard and fast rule that can make you upset in regards to a freelance career, you just have to be committed and have a passion of work than you can start your work straight away. It is better to visit www.fiverr.com and explore this website, you will able to know how different opportunities can be targeted after using your skills.

Greenside of Freelance work:

  • You can work on your own flexible work schedule.
  • You have the choice and variety of work you can perform after using your skills.
  • One can set your own goals and direction for your business.
  • You are an independent contractor and can control your work.
  • One can create your own work and can get paid according to that.
  • You can choose your clients in your comfort zone.
  • More importantly, increased work/life balance and overall happiness.

Red Side of Freelance work:

  • You can work on your own schedule but your clients have a schedule too that sometimes create a hectic schedule for you.
  • Your income is not consistent in freelance work, especially at start your waiting period is too long in getting a project.
  • To establish yourself in the freelance market is not a cup of tea, you have to work very hard in order to get a place in the freelance market.
  • Getting multiple orders from multiple can be challenging.
  • Benefits like insurance, or pension plans are not awarded in the freelance work. Freelancers would be responsible for their own perks and benefits.