WHY FREELANCERS ARE ON THE RISE
(AND HOW TO BECOME ONE)
COVID 19 has continued to spread around the world, affecting more than 300 million across the globe. Everything has changed drastically. Local communities, healthcare, schools, government and businesses were faced with challenges in dealing with the pandemic and a lot of livelihood and jobs were lost as a result. The whole world struggled and people have to rethink ways on how to do things for survival. But there is a silver lining to growing numbers of unemployed due to pandemic – freelancing.
Due to lockdowns and social restrictions, many people are relying on technology, from education, entertainment, to the basic necessities such as food. This has opened opportunities for highly technical roles that even in remote, on demand workforce can still accomplish. The growth of freelancing has expanded exponentially and is still rising as of this moment. More and more people are lured into the fastest growing industry today.
Flexibility. You are not bound to work a certain time, and has the liberty to work anytime and anywhere when it is most convenient to you. You can talk to your client and come to an agreement when it is more productive for you to work as long as deadlines are met. Travel time to work will be gone, (no more traffic dilemma) and all you need is a reliable internet connection and a laptop to do your work. The most important thing is to deliver the quality of work that the client demands and make sure it gets done on time.
Opportunity to Earn More. Geographical barriers are gone and you can work for clients outside your home country without even stepping outside your home. You can also work for multiple clients depending on your schedule and skills. The more experience you have and the more skills you acquire, the higher you can charge for your services.
Work-Life Balance. You have more time for things that matter like your family. You have the freedom to choose what works for you and your time. You can earn without compromising the quality of life that you want.
How to Start from Scratch?
Get the tools you need for the job. You will need a laptop or computer and a reliable internet connection to do your work. Certain applications or software are also required depending on the job.
Invest in knowledge. You don’t have to be a college graduate or have experience to start but you need to do a lot of research and studying. You can start by watching tutorials on Youtube or read articles online so you can have better understanding on the job scope. Acquire skills that will help you build your portfolio.
Get mentorship. Sometimes, too much information is overwhelming and you don’t know where to start so this is the way to go. The right mentor will give you confidence that you are on the right path. It will also save you time because you will be taught exactly what to do.
Surround yourself with a good support system. It will be a struggle at first but having people who supports you will be greatly helpful in your journey.
Believe in yourself. Only you can make things happen. Always remember your goals and your deepest whys. If everybody else can do it, so can you!