A Career in Freelancing? What in the world were you thinking?
March 1, 2018
Author: Jeannette Roma
We have all been involved in conversations in different settings, being work related, weddings, funerals or any social gathering where we run across that one person when asked, “what do you do for a living” answers “I'm a freelancer”. Of course you immediately think, “oh a writer of some sorts, that can't get a “real job”. However, do we really know what a freelancer is/does? How do we actually feel about a “freelancer” in today's society, and do they really “fit in” to the bigger picture.
Today's Definition of Freelancer
According to dictionary.com, a freelancer is “a person who works as a writer, designer, performer, or the like, selling work or services by the hour, day, job, etc., rather than working on regular salary basis for one employer.” That sounds good, right. Let's further dissect the mysterious word of freelance into free and lance. Free, meaning able to do something at will; at liberty and lance, “to cut through”. A perfect description to envision a person who wants the freedom to choose the perfect type of work, use the talents he has to offer, when he wants to, at the salary he chooses and cut through, in essence, lance his way into the perfect work environment for himself. Ahhh, sounds good right?
Freelancing, Yay or Nay?
Well, it seems that freelancing is becoming especially attractive and much more acceptable in today's workforce for both employers and freelancers alike. Employers/Companies are seeking the most talented resources they can find to complete projects that require immediate service. Companies like the fact that they can hire out for a specific project, without having to commit to an employee “relationship” with the freelancer. Freelancers want to control what projects they become involved with, as well as the option of working remotely and having control over what payscale is acceptable. It seems like it can be a perfect union, as long as both parties involved understand what motivates both sides. Companies want completion of a project and freelancers want to offer their services to accomplish this goal. Many times, freelancers are looking to be paid a premium wage and some companies may be willing to pay in order to get the project done. Yay! However, the freelancer may also need to realize that in order to get some of these high paying projects, you may be giving up the standard weekly check that one receives from regular employment. I personally know a few IT freelancers that say they will never go back to being a fulltime employment. Why you ask? Being a freelancer keeps their skills sharp, changing focus helps keep the excitement, making great money and achieving personal satisfaction in completing a project are just a few reasons.
First Step to Freelance
You are probably wondering, how do l get this type of work? Where do I go, what do I do? Easy as pie. At sites like FreelancerMax.com, freelancers and employers can quickly create profiles and be connected in a professional setting. FreelancerMax.com allows the freelancer to register their unique profile, talk about their talents, what they are looking for and what their fees are. Employers can also register and show what jobs they are seeking freelancers for. OMG, how much does that cost? FreelancerMax.com is FREE to create a profile and register. Can this get any better? Absolutely, FreelancerMax.com is a site that is global, you know, it's like doctors without borders, Freely working anywhere in the world, for those types of careers that allow for working remotely. A company and a freelancer can connect regardless of where they are physically located in this big beautiful world, not to mention, FreelancerMax.com allows for an assortment of freelancers. Web Software, Information Technology, Sales/Marketing, Legal, Writing & Translation and so many more. Love that it has such an eclectic group that allows all types of freelancers/employers to post. In essence, no one is excluded. Check them out; you will be surprised how easy it is to be one click away from true professional freedom, of course, if that is what you want.
Personally, I love the idea. of being able to have the freedom to manage my time, money, where I want to focus my talent and for how long. I currently work part time as a diagnostic medical sonographer and freelance as a creative writer, where I can finally pursue my passion for writing, Being a freelancer seems to encompass so much freedom, perhaps too much for some. You have to be able to focus, manage and disciple yourself. You will be your own cheerleader on those sad a lonely days when you struggle to “get it done”. Is it for you? Only you can decide for you, until next time my fellow freelancers! Lance on....freely