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Your Guide to Freelance Jobs: Freelancing Work 101

As the gig economy grows, today’s workforce is comprised of many freelancers who often work from home depending on the type of job. If you’re one of those standing on the sidelines and wondering whether you should resist or be sucked in by this new-fangled way of finding work, we bring you the answers to some of your pressing questions.

Freelancing Work 101                             

Here are some freelance work facts worth knowing:

  • It’s wrong to assume that freelancing work is the choice of workers who are unable to find regular jobs. It’s now the way work is shaping up today, with employers creating new positions that are suitable for freelancers and not full-time employees.
  • Job security has become a thing of the past and the automation of jobs is making it even more so. Under the circumstances, freelancing has become the way to go. Accept the change as a worthy challenge instead of fighting it ineffectively.
  • In some cases, you don’t need to quit your existing job before taking up freelance work unless it conflicts with your work contract or interferes with your confidentiality or non-compete agreement. You could work weekends and evenings as you test yourself, the market and the prospects it holds for your specific skills. You could mix freelance work with either full-time or part-time work until you’re willing to strike out alone.
  • The work offers a lot of freedom and flexibility, which you can’t find in a typical desk job. Find work you like that suits your strengths and needs, collaborate with who you like to work with and, in some cases, you can shed your worries about fitting in a specific work culture, and eliminate a rigid structure and schedule.
  • If you happen to be facing any demands on your time from the personal front, nothing works better than freelancing, as you choose how much work you do and when you say no. You could always change someone who does not meet your expectations.
  • Working from home helps you focus more on your work, avoids commuting delays, lets you take breaks when needed and keeps you healthy, unlike an office job that has a lot of people working together, with some of them coming in even when they have contracted an infection.
  • A freelancer today can easily find enough work without worrying about involuntary downtime.
  • Moving back to mainstream work is also not impossible when you stop loving freelance work or can’t find anything suitable. Try putting some of the following tips in place:
    • List your work as a business and yourself as a business owner. This helps establish your ability to function efficiently without supervision and showcases your entrepreneurial spirit.
    • Ensure that you get some positive exposure for your professional skills using professional social media profiles such as LinkedIn and creating a professional network for yourself. Remember that it’s important to have people recognize your specific skills and work experience though your posts and opt for quality against quantity in all your online interactions. Expand the range of your interactions from your client base to include your industry and its thought leaders and, of course, prospective recruiters.
    • Some of your clients may be actually thrilled to have you on board, or may be willing to refer you to someone who needs your services on a temporary or even permanent basis. Make sure that your work standards make this possibility a cinch.
    • Keep in regular touch with your alumni network as well as family and friends to get a referral for an open position that would suit you. To succeed, this may require you to let them know that you’re on the lookout for a position again.
    • Even if you are financially in a position where you don’t need to keep working at a freelance job as you wait for a permanent position, it makes sense to keep taking work as you wait for that perfect offer. Ironic as it may seem, many employers are known to prefer hiring someone who is currently employed.

So go out and take another look at that freelancing gig…and see where the opportunity will lead you!

The content on this blog is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for competent legal advice. They reflect the opinions of DCR Workforce and may not reflect the opinions of any individual attorney. Do contact an attorney for advice specific to your issue or problem.
Lalita is a people/project manager with extensive experience in operations, HCM and training and development across industries like banking, education, business consulting, BPO and information technology. She believes in a dynamic approach to life and learning as change is the only constant.