Are you tired of your regular 9 – 5 job?
Perhaps you have been in the job market for some time, and it's getting tiring. It is probably time you start exploring other options and look into the freelancing market. If you are someone that loves to have control of his or her time and professional life, then freelancing is the step you want to take.
Freelancers work for themselves, wear what they wish to work remotely, it gives room for flexibility.
What is a Freelancer?
A freelancer is someone that works for himself, an independent contractor who is not committed to any employer.
This means, a freelancer doesn’t have the regular 9 – 5 job or be a part of the ‘rat race’ as some might call it, freelancers can work several jobs for multiple clients at the same time.
Although freelancers do contract jobs for companies and organizations, they are self-employed.
A lot of people who have regular jobs also do some freelancing work on the side to complement their regular jobs and make some extra money.
Freelancers go out and find employment themselves or join an agency that brings freelancers and clients together and serve as an intermediary to conduct business.
Freelancers are paid according to their industry, experience, skills, and location.
Freelancers charge by the hour, day, and a set rate or on a per-project basis.
Some freelancers use a value-based pricing method, where the client pays according to the perceived value of the job done.
Note that freelancers are not sole proprietors even though they are both 'self-employed.'
Sole proprietors are single business owners who run a particular business; freelancers, on the other hand, can run different jobs or projects at once.
The only exception is if the freelance contract restricts him/her to work for another organization, especially competitors, until the end of the project or the contract.
Difference between freelancers and traditional employees is in the responsibilities that come with jobs such as having control over work hours, billing clients, keeping track of time spent on projects, and paying their employment and business taxes.
Freelancers majorly work remotely and are not considered as employees by organizations they work for but as contractors.
Common Freelance Career Fields
After a lot of researching from a variety of companies, organizations, and some government agencies that hire freelancers, we could come up with the most common career fields that freelancers thrive in.
The creative industry houses some of the most common freelance jobs.
However, it is essential to note that freelancing is opened to almost all types of career fields, from short-term projects to long-term projects and also full-time projects, but mostly short.
Editing, Proofreading, and Writing HR and Recruiting Software Development Data Entry Translating Web and Graphic Design Project Management Technical Support Analyst Administrative Accounting and Finance Computer and IT Freelancing are experiencing impressive growth all over the world due to technological advancements, and organizations and individuals are starting to conform to the idea of hiring freelancers.