What Does Freelance Mean?
These days the term freelancer has become quite popular. With the rise of travel blogs and digital nomads, many freelancers seem to be living extraordinary lives. But what is the meaning of freelancer? What does freelance mean?
A freelancer is someone who sells their skills and services instead of working a steady job. Rather than the security of a 9-5 job with a strict schedule and regular paycheck, freelancers opt for the freedom of choosing their own hours, projects, and clients.
Let’s dive a bit deeper into the idea of freelance and see if it’s a good fit for you.
What is Freelancing and How Does it Work?
Freelancing is sort of the definition of “being your own boss.” You work for yourself and you pick up projects, work, and clients, but not a job.
As a freelancer, you’re not “employed.” You may still do work with companies, but you will not be their employee, and the work will be on your terms.
So how does freelancing work? Well, you have to find businesses and individuals who are willing to pay you for the skills and services that you can provide.
In essence, you are your own business.
You can find individual projects to work on. A better bet though is to find long term clients who will use your services again and again.
What does it mean to be a freelancer?
As with most things in life, being a freelancer has its pros and cons. Let’s talk about the good stuff first.
The Good Stuff
FREEDOM. Boom. One word describes the biggest benefit of freelancing. You work for yourself, and no one can tell you what to do.
You get to choose when you work and when you don’t.
You decide exactly what is in your job description. If you don’t like something, you don’t have to do it.
You get to determine your own worth and charge for the value you feel you provide. The best part is, you actually get to keep your money! Instead of your employer keeping 80% of your labor, you keep 100%.
Instead of getting paid for the hours you work, you’ll be paid for the results you produce.
If you’re a hard worker who gets a lot accomplished in a short time frame this can work to your advantage. If you’re lazy and just tend to ride out the clock to a paycheck, then freelancing probably isn’t a good career choice for you.
If you get bored doing the same thing all day every day, freelancing gives you the opportunity to do different things every day. You can work for different clients every day, even multiple clients and projects in one day.
You can also freelance more than one skill. If you have multiple skills, you can stack them together to make sure you always have a variety of work so you never get bored!
Even with just one skill, you can stack clients. You choose your own hours, so if you want to fit extra clients into your schedule, you can improve your earnings instantly.
Alternatively, you can choose to spend more time with family instead.
For me right now, I have my daughter full-time every other week. This means that on the weeks I don’t have her, I load up my schedule with work.
This frees me up to work less on the weeks I do have her, which allows me to spend loads of quality time with my daughter, without needing a daycare or having to worry about missing out on anything.
When she’s with me, I wake up early and start getting my work done. This allows me to complete several hours of work each morning while she’s still asleep, ensuring my income never really takes a hit.
All that freedom comes at a price. The price is responsibility.
There is no one but you. The responsibility is all yours.
Everything falls onto your shoulders.
You can choose not to work anytime, but if you want to make money, you have to make results. Unlike a regular job, no one will make sure you’re at work on time. No one will care if you don’t show up.
Until you see your bank account after a few weeks.
If you can’t hold yourself accountable, then freelancing isn’t for you.
All the freedom can also make it hard to focus. So many things are vying for your attention, so you have to really learn to prioritize your time and not get distracted.
Sometimes, the people in your life can become resentful of the lifestyle the believe you are living. They don’t see the hard work. They just see the freedom and your ability to create money without a job.
It’s unfortunate, but when people don’t understand something, they can often look down on it for being different. Be prepared for this when you start your freelance lifestyle.
You’re responsible for finding all of your own projects and clients. If you don’t find paying customers, you don’t get paid.
There are many ways for you to find clients, but you’ll need to keep a constant line in the water. This usually requires a bit of daily sourcing to make sure your schedule doesn’t suddenly dry up.
What Can I Freelance In?
From here, I’ll assume you’ve read the pros and cons of freelancing and decided that it sounds like the right lifestyle choice for you. The next logical question you might ask yourself would be “what can I freelance in?”
Almost any skill can be freelanced. You don’t need an employer to pay you an hourly salary for you to get paid by doing a skill.
The first place to start is at skills you’ve already been paid for. I had been paid for personal training in a large box gym, so I decided to freelance my fitness skills and picked up clients of my own at $60 per hour. That’s quite a jump from the $19 per hour the gym was willing to pay me!
Construction or handyman skills can successfully be freelanced. Writing or editing skills can as well. Graphic design, cleaning, notary work, tutoring can all be done as freelancers.
For a list of the best skills you can use to make money freelancing from home, read 7 Best Work From Home Jobs 2019.
Freelancers sell their skills and services directly to the business or person who needs them, without the need for an employer to take a heavy chunk for organizing things.
If you think you have what it takes to build a job free income, then freelancing may be the best lifestyle choice for you.
If you need help getting your Job Free Lifestyle started, feel free to reach out to me by email at Dean@TheFreelanceResource.com
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