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Freelancing is not an easy job, and it definitely does take as much of your time and energy as a traditional 9 to 5 job. But there’s a silver lining, which makes freelancing stand out and makes it the choice of almost every individual. It is the liberty to do your job as and when you like it. There’s no obligation of work hours, as long as you deliver your piece of work within a said timeline.
You get room to be creative and play with your own ideas, tweaking old traditional methods. Although you can be creative in a conventional job environment, let’s not forget that management still exists and can make certain decisions. Employees suffer bouts of frustration for not being able to do things their way, and so they prefer the freedom of freelancing.
And why not? It’s the best job in the world. You can travel whenever you want because hey, no hassle of your boss hovering around. If you are a freelancer, you choose your holidays the way you want it to be. No permissions required. Also, many freelancers choose to work while on vacation. Why you ask? Because they can. No other explanation, it’s a choice.
Freelancing is a choice!
But let’s not get too settled with the idea of freelancing because it may also bring some troubles for you. Troubles like not getting paid on time, issues for not having a defined contract and many others. But these are some problems that can easily be fixed with the help of a few tips:
Most freelancers, more specifically beginners, tend to forget all about money at first because they are more after getting substantial work added to their profile. But what is the point of doing all this work if you don’t get the money you deserve? This is why you should always discuss money matters beforehand and put a price on your work. Don’t forget ‘If you’re good at something, never do it for free.’
Clients can be dreadful sometimes as they demand frequent changes in your work. They may want something today and the day after they may want things to be changed. Some clients may also refuse to pay you the amount discussed previously, saying the work delivered was not as expected. To avoid situations like these, it’s best to have a contract prepared to keep both parties safe.
More often than not, freelancers suffer from a situation where it becomes extremely difficult for them to find clients. You may think that you do a job for a few clients and others will come to you offering work. But that happens very rarely. Word of mouth will definitely bring you clients, but not as many as you would want. Your best bet is to network as much as possible. Attend social events related to your work field and meet with as many people as you can. The more social you become, the easier it gets for you to get the work you desire.
When you work as a freelancer, you don’t really have the luxury to procrastinate on things which may be acceptable in a traditional workplace. You are your own boss in this scenario, so you’ve trained your mind to never take your work for granted. In a traditional job, the worst that can happen is you’ll get yelled at, but if you miss a deadline while freelancing, you might lose a client and your reputation is at risk.
It is possible that no matter what work you do, you may not always get the desired results and your business may grow a little slower at first. But have faith in your work and keep doing it. You will definitely taste success while enjoying freelancing.