What is Freelancing? What do I do?

I am often asked what I do. I’m freelancing. But how do you explain what freelancing is? What does Wikipedia say about freelancing? Redirects to the definition of “freelancer”, but not “freelance”. Many people guess who a freelancer is, but they imagine it in different ways. But what is “freelancing”?

For the impatient, I will answer right away: I do not know a clear definition. I know something else. That’s what I want to share. Let’s go!

1. Freelance: part-time work or business?

For me, freelancing began as a part-time job, an additional income. I think that almost everyone starts freelancing in order to earn extra money. Whether freelancing will remain a place of part-time work or evolve into a business depends on the person himself. It so happened to me that freelancing has become a business, the main source of livelihood.

For novice freelancers, I advise you to decide, the sooner, what Freelance will be for you: a part-time job or a business. And if you choose the second option, then adopt the laws of Business, implement them and develop them as a Business. So you will quickly go down the right path.

My answer: freelancing can be both a part-time job and a business. It’s up to you! The sooner the better!

2. Freelancing: slavery or freedom?

If you’ve heard of freelancing, you’ve heard of its main benefit: Freedom: freedom to choose projects; freedom of choice of customers; freedom of time and place of work, etc.

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It sounds cool, but in fact the medal has a different side. The customer who suits you chooses others. The project that interests you goes to others. You’ve picked up so many projects that you don’t have enough time to eat and sleep normally. It is more convenient and cheaper to work from home, but someone constantly interferes with you and you are distracted by all sorts of nonsense constantly, etc.

And then you become a slave:

  • slave exchanges on which projects are published and customers are sought, since it is necessary to “monitor” projects, study TK, leave applications;
  • a slave whose time is too much, then too little from deadlines or brute force;
  • slave to the place because you need to work on the computer in an atmosphere where you can concentrate, and carry a laptop and look for good internet and work running is difficult;
  • a slave to finances, money for living is needed, and how much and when you earn is a mystery.

Be prepared to accept both “freedom” and “slavery.” Most of the difficulties are solvable: you can hire a manager to search for orders, you can set a work schedule, you can work in coworking or organize a workplace where you can concentrate and work, etc. Everyone decides this in his own way, and this is also his own freedom. Freelancing sometimes takes more time for me than if I went to work, but I can choose the time when I work. I have FREEDOM OF CHOICE.

My answer is that freelancing is freedom with the added “slavery.” You can gradually get rid of the “add-on”, but you can also make the “add-on” much heavier.

3. Freelancing: torment or pleasure?

Everyone wants to have fun (people who enjoy the torment… let’s leave aside):

  • pleasure from the result of the work performed;
  • the pleasure of rewards;
  • the pleasure of what you could.
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Do they get it? Not always. But how often it turns out that the work is done “just to do it”, deadlines are missed, the task turns out to be more difficult than expected, etc. All this leads to torment. The main thing is not to aggravate the situation and look for a constructive solution. The way to a constructive solution is dialogue.

From my experience, I will say that it is better to be honest with the customer, do not be afraid to discuss problems and look for solutions, as a result, there will be less torment and more pleasure (at least from the fact that you will solve some problem :)). If you are constantly in agony – freelancing is not for you.

My answer is that freelancing is either a torment or a pleasure. Try to increase the pleasure by any means. What matters is your condition: are you happy or not?

4. Freelancing: is it worth it or not?

It is good to sit in the office, perform a clear range of duties, receive a stable salary (pension in the future), have a social package (sick leave, vacation pay) and be happy. If you are satisfied with everything, it is better not to change. As my boss once said to my initiative, “The best is the enemy of the good.” If something does not suit you, you need to change something. You can still put up with it. That’s what I thought when I was working at work. Now I know that something needs to change. What to change? Myself, then everything else.

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Identify life goals and priorities, think about how you can achieve them. Think again. And again. The solution must mature. You have to accept it and execute it. I had it differently. I thought a lot and for a long time, but did not dare. Then life circumstances just made a decision for me. All I have to do is execute. Had I known sooner, I wouldn’t have dragged it on that long.

My answer is “no” if you’re okay with it, “yes” if you think but haven’t decided yet.

In conclusion, what is “freelancing”?

My answer hasn’t changed: I don’t know a clear definition of “freelancing.” In this concept, a lot of things are intertwined. It is still difficult for me to explain to ordinary people what I do. I know something else. Freelancing changed me. I changed my mindset (I look at many things differently now). Taught me how to make decisions. He taught not to be afraid and to take responsibility. He gave freedom of choice. Freed up time for other things. I gave a bunch of opportunities and a lot of buns.

Try Freelancing! Take care of your health! Love your loved ones! Peace and goodness to all!


Written by Shubham

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