The gig economy enables income opportunities that once seemed like pipe dreams. Technology has not only mobilized workers with remote tools, but it has also changed how we all work together. Mobility and connectivity have forever changed how people interact, and the same communication advances have seen businesses evolve as well.
Today, almost anyone can embark on a freelance career, but to be successful, one needs to identify a marketable skill set. Luckily, there is no shortage of freelancer-friendly work categories. From coding to marketing copywriting, businesses are increasingly looking to outsource many tasks for short and longer-term projects.
Often, freelancers interact with full-time resident employees in a hybrid team setting. Since more companies are becoming comfortable with bringing different types of workers together in a virtual team environment, remote work freelance growth opportunities will only continue to grow.
What Is Freelancing?
Freelancing is done on a project-by-project or contract-by-contract basis by a professional who isn’t employed full-time by the person or company paying for their services. Freelancers are typically paid on an hourly or project basis, and freelance work can be done from almost anywhere, making it a flexible career option for remote workers. Freelancing offers workers the flexibility to decide how much or how little work they want to do in a given period, so it can be a full-time or part-time source of income.
What Is a Freelance Job?
A freelance job is one where a person is self-employed instead of working for a company or other organization. Freelance jobs are often contracted jobs where the freelancer will work on specific projects for different organizations.
Why choose freelance over traditional jobs?
Better earning potential
A freelance job has bigger earning potential if you are motivated. It’s simple: work hard, earn more. You can decide how many projects to take on in a month and how much money you’d like to make.
Unlike traditional jobs, freelancers have the power to say no to gigs. But be mindful of why you are saying no. Is it because the project is a waste of your professional time or are you feeling lazy? Saying no often could mean that you’ll get fewer part-time offers of work.
Quicker professional growth
Freelancers are able to adjust or improve their skill set, making them adaptable and able to work in many different professional areas of expertise. Being well-versed in multiple professional areas can also mean a fatter paycheque. A lot of freelancers take the time to update their skill sets. There are many educational resources available online, both free and paid. Find out which skills are high in demand and which job sectors are hot right now.
Work from anywhere
Aside from having a flexible schedule, freelancing allows you to work from anywhere. Think of all the money you can save by not having to commute. Having a flexible schedule can also mean a healthier lifestyle, with time to exercise, cook and eat healthier with regular or semi-regular mealtimes. Bonus: there isn’t much need to get dressed for work.
Extra income streams
Freelancing also allows you to build passive income streams. If your website gets numerous hits, for example, try selling ad space or a members-only section. Offer e-courses sharing your expertise in one or more professional areas. The more creative freelancers can create a paid podcast series, ebooks, or vlogs.
Remember that there’s no harm in trying to freelance, whether it’s a necessary move or simply extra work to make extra money. The risks of freelancing are minimal and if you enjoy the freelance way of working, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do it full-time.
Web Freelance Tips – Get organized
I’ve always been a big advocated of the importance of being organized. For me, organization is one of the core skills needed to succeed as a freelance web professional. Clients will be impressed by freelancers who show great organizational skills, and a lack of organization is often the demise and cause of failure for many unsuccessful freelancers.
The key to getting organized is to keep records of all your work and work diligently to schedules. This includes keeping daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules, making a habit of keeping an updated calendar, using a to do list, and setting reminders to make sure you keep on top of your work and don’t miss deadlines.
To make life easier there are some really great tools out there for keeping organized. It’s worth testing out several different apps and software and try to find those which best fit your needs and lifestyles.