What is Freelancing

Freelancing doesn’t mean that it’s free. But there is freedom of timing, environment, and freedom from the boss. In freelancing, you can sell your services/skills online on different freelancing websites. As already described in my previous post that there are many skills you can sell online. A freelancer means self-employed and not in any commitment to fulfill any or particular employer for the long term. You can get a task as per your skill for a given time frame. If you work as per the requirement of your client, he will pay you money. That’s it.

Freelancing is also beneficial for the employer as he is not bound to cover your insurance. He does not need to rent a workplace. So many benefits of freelancing are here for the employer too that’s why freelancing is growing day by day.

Types of Freelancing websites/ Marketplaces:

1. Traditional Market Place

2. Non-Traditional Market Place

Traditional Market Place:

In a traditional freelance marketplace, the buyer comes and posts his project. Freelancers bid on that project. Usually, the buyer selects the freelancing viewing freelancer’s profile. If you can satisfy the buyer that you have understood his project and no one can do this better other than you so you can win the project. After completion of the project, the buyer accepts your completed project and transfers your charges to that freelance marketplace and that marketplace sends money to you after deduction of its commission.

Non-Traditional Market Place:

In the Non-Tradition freelance marketplace, freelancer posts their skills in well-mannered design. Just like a shopping mall you have to open your shop and show you display beautifully. Similar is the case for a freelancing website. The buyer comes and visits many posts and award the project to that freelancer who satisfies him. Payment producers remain almost the same.

Advantages of Freelancing:

As a freelancer, you are free of time and space. When doing freelancing, you can work as per your desired timings which means that you are free from 9-5 office timing. A big benefit of freelancing is that you are your boss. You can work as much as you want and you can earn as much as you want. Another benefit of freelancing is that you don’t have to follow the employer rules and any official languages or dressing. In freelancing, chances of self-growth are high. You can learn many other skills which means you can sell more services online on different freelancing websites. After completing many projects successfully, you can get self-recognition. Clients always want to award their projects to experienced freelancers.

Dis-Advantages of Freelancing:

Freelancers compromise their health to earn more money and it is a major disadvantage of freelancing. A freelancer has to sit on the computer for long periods continuously. Sitting at the same place continuously is harmful to your health. You have to schedule your sitting time to avoid this serious issue of your health. As freedom of timing is the main benefit of freelancing but you should be online for 24 hours. Biding on more projects can increase your chances to get a project awarded. Avoid the isolation from society as mostly freelancers remain isolated from society. They limit their social life. The more you bid, the more orders you will get, and thus the busier you are. Eventually, you don’t give time to your friends and family. So please don’t Over-DO it. Do less work but with efficiency and honesty. Maintain your social life and be healthy. Don’t overthink your work and your projects. You can overcome all the above disadvantages to maintain your work schedule.

For freelancing, you need to find the right freelancing website that suits your sort of work. You can work as an hourly-paid freelancer or someone who likes to get paid for the whole task in the end. It’s up to you.

Here is a list of some of the top freelancing websites:

  • Upwork
  • Designhill
  • Toptal
  • LinkedIn and LinkedIn ProFinder
  • We Work Remotely
  • Behance
  • SimplyHired
  • Dribbble
  • Fiverr
  • PeoplePerHour
  • Guru
  • Freelancer
  • AngelList
  • DesignCrowd
  • 99designs
  • Working Not Working

Now that you are well aware of what freelancing is and the types of freelancing websites available, you can just learn a skill and start selling your services as a freelancer straightaway!

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