You’ve heard of them. There are countless excuses as to why someone has considered freelancing but declined. Or maybe you’re considering freelancing and trying to clarify the facts from fiction. Or maybe you’ve decided to become a freelancer and you’re exhausted by your parents or well-meaning friends.
In any case, now you will undoubtedly leave some wrong impressions, and there could be a lot of problems. I hope to answer some of these questions here while also providing a realistic picture of what to expect if you are considering entering the competition. Therefore, read it carefully and consider your decision carefully.
Freelance to make money fast
Wrong: It’s hard enough for a freelancer to get paid – even if the output is satisfactory to you – and you really think this is one of your best jobs. That’s because customers will hate it anyway. If he hates it, he won’t pay you. Did you know that 30% of the US population are freelancers – about 40% of them struggle to get paid? You will eventually get a fairly stable salary, but only if you build a reputation and make yourself an indispensable person by exceeding the expectations of your customers. When it is eventually paid, this money will be won – and certainly won heavily.
Freelancers serve the uneducated
I do not agree with it. A survey by elance.com shows that about 80% of freelancers surveyed by the company have a professional degree or job title, while only 4% have only a high school diploma. It’s true that talented freelancers have many opportunities to generate articles and blogs, proofread, help build websites, etc., for just a few cents – but real freelance work involves education – and experience. When you are hired as a freelancer, you are not spoiled, educated or “promoted”. You have to join and start production. Not trained? I do not think so.
Freelancers are lazy
Now, this is just unfair. Freelancing is a period of hard work. People choose to do this job primarily because it offers freedom – but in many other ways – it is more difficult than any job in the past. Imagine working in a job for a few months and just letting the client look at it – and make sure it’s not what they want. Knowing what you’re doing can minimize this risk, but nothing can make it go away completely. Freelancers understand that they run this risk. They may have to do five jobs before the client feels ready to spend money. The price of freedom is high – very high – but it is clearly worth it.
Freelancing is easier than working in a company.
Again, the mistake: Freelance is the closest thing to running a business. Finding the next job is always a struggle, and getting satisfying results is never inevitable. To make matters worse, freelancers work in a vacuum, cut off from any resources that offer them help or guidance. As if that weren’t enough, statistics show that freelancers have to work longer to earn the same income as working full-time. While statistics also show that 9 out of 10 freelancers are happier after leaving their full-time jobs, freelance is a pretty serious job — it takes dedication — and hard work.
Freelancing is not a profession.
Okay, maybe I’ll give you that. Freelancing is not a profession. A freelance business is of course a profession – in this country a lot of people have chosen such a profession. Every day, about 10 million people step up from their pockets to the world and establish their freelance jobs until they can be self-sufficient. The point here is that if you want to freelancing, you can do freelancing. You have to have courage and patience, but any meaningful achievement that doesn’t contain these two components… Yes. Understood!