Freelance in English means “free peak”. In the old days, freelancers were called mercenary soldiers who served for a monetary reward. Nowadays, freelancing is a remote job, that is, work at home through the Internet, and freelancers are called freelancers.
Basically, freelancers perform such work as: creation and promotion of sites, translation and writing of texts, web design, writing course and diploma papers, etc.
Due to the fact that this direction is becoming more and more popular every day, there are not a few myths concerning this type of earnings. Therefore, consider the most common statements and find out whether they really are true.
Freelance is an easy and quick way to earn money.
Controversial statement. Easy this kind of earnings can not be called. The search for customers alone can take a lot of time and energy. And about the performance of the work and do not say at all, because it’s clear to the hedgehog that the money will be paid only for a work done in good faith. As for the speed of earnings, everything here will depend on how quickly the freelancer will perform the work, and the customer will pay for this work.
Freelancers have a lot of free time.
A rather erroneous opinion. If a person works for themselves, this does not mean that most of the time he, to put it mildly, is messy. In fact, freelancers work almost as much as an office employee. And not always their employment is reduced to an eight-hour working day, quite often such a “freelance worker” “plows” at least 24 hours a day (especially a novice freelancer). This fact is explained by the fact that the freelancer does everything himself, starting with the search for customers and finishing with the execution of work. By the way, it’s not easy for those freelancers who do not know how to properly manage their time. After all, it’s so hard to force yourself to sit down for work, there can always be a thousand and one reason why work is postponed to the last. But the terms are tightening up, and having to “stick out your tongue” like after running a hundred-meter mark for a while, catch up on lost time.
Freelancers, basically, are students, therefore professionals among such workers are few.
It is enough to “run through” the “freelance” exchanges to understand how absurd this statement is. On such exchanges for a freelancer, everyone will tell his portfolio, where this employee published his work. And, often such a professional freelancer performs serious projects and, accordingly, receives for them a decent payment. Well, the absence of a portfolio means one thing – a person is just starting his career in the field of freelancing. But among the newcomers there are bona fide freelancers who perform work qualitatively and on time. Here from them also “grow” the pro. Incidentally, sometimes an ordinary student with his abilities can “outperform” a person who is far beyond forty.
Freelancer does not earn much.
Why? Earns, and how! Earnings depend on how much the person himself evaluates his work, as well as on his professional skills and work experience. For example, a copywriter can write a text and evaluate it in one dollar for a thousand characters, or maybe – in four dollars per thousand. The main thing is that the quality of work corresponds to the price. Consequently, the more quality and professional work is performed, the more expensive it is paid for.
Freelancer does not have to have a website.
Of course, your site does not have to have, but it’s still desirable. Your site for a freelancer is, in a way, his business card, thanks to which you can easily find customers or show your work. The only negative – customers are different, and therefore there is a risk of being deceived.
Freelancers are often deceived.
Yes, there are unscrupulous customers who may not pay for a freelancer job, arguing that, for example, that the work does not meet the requirements of the customer.By the way, customers are also often deceived by freelancers. To avoid deception, it is best to look for customers (freelancers) through remote work exchanges. With the help of these exchanges, as a freelancer (so, incidentally, the customer) will be confident that he will not be “thrown”. Many exchanges even have a rating system, through which you can find out about the customer (freelancer), for example, how long he is in this system and how many positive / negative reviews about him are available.
In remote workplace exchanges, it’s unrealistic for a beginner to find a job.
It is difficult for a new person to “make his way” always and everywhere. Everything depends on the patience and perseverance of a person. If you sit and wait for a customer to deign to look at your person, then in this way you will really “starve to death” without waiting for anything. If you yourself begin to act (for example, to search for customers and leave them their proposals for cooperation), then in a short period of time you can “get” permanent customers and work with them.
To become a freelancer, you need to have special knowledge.
No special knowledge of the freelancer is required. Freelancer can be any person who knows how to do something. For example, someone copes well with the control work on a particular subject – therefore, such a person will never be left without work, since in the world there are not a few people who do not give this subject. And if the person himself once studied the site building, then he will be able to realize his skills, making sites on order. In general, the field for this activity is unlimited, and most importantly this work will not be hard labor, as a person will do what he likes.
The freelancer does not have a stable income.
It is really so, then thickly, then empty. There are orders – there is money, there are no orders – there is no earnings. Therefore, it is recommended to look for regular customers, for which it is necessary to perform a lot of work. In this case, firstly, you will always know that you will be paid for the work, and secondly, stability (albeit for a short period of time) will still appear.
Freelancers are people who can not find a job other than the Internet.
On the contrary, those who are oppressed by stuffy offices, tiresome bosses and salary delays are “hitting” in freelancers. Typically, freelancers at first do not hurry to leave the main (office) work, but as soon as the salary of a remote job several times exceeds the office one, the person, without a long time thinking, resigns from the main job and builds a career in the field of freelancing.