Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Freelancing


FREELANCING


freelancer is a selfemployed person who, most commonly, serves as content editor, copy-writer  web designer, graphic arts expert, photographer, computer programmer, recipe writer etc. As the freelancers are the self employed persons hence they are not employed to any business or company rather they work independently by selling their services.

The freelancers gain their experience in a particular field while starting their career with an agency or business. The talented freelancers join this business after resigning their full-time job because there is a huge demand of their services and they will get the opportunities for handsome salaries. Freelancers normally work at home however they may have to work at the premises of their clients or in any community as per the demand of the work or job assigned to them.

Any business normally employed many people to complete their full-time routine works. But for any sporadic work or one-time project, which may normally be generated during the business operations, the businesses normally hire a freelancer because they do not have the skilled employee to complete such a particular job. It is also cost-effective to a business to hire a freelancer as company is not obligated to pay the expenditures like retirement benefits, travelling expenses, payments of sick days and health insurance and finally company saves all such expenditures.

Freelancers can work as full time or part time, as they wish. Experienced freelancers, who are skilled in a particular field, can start their full time work in their desirable time slab. But inexperienced freelancers are not advised to leave their full time job for freelancing  they can start freelancing as part time job managing their working hours out of their time slab of full time job. After they get the experience in a particular field as freelancer and start getting stable resources of money in this career they can leave their full time job. Now they will have freedom to choose the clients and projects on their will and requirement as they will have more time.

Freelancers can register themselves or can work on their own terms and conditions without registering. The business does not put any extra burden or work pressure on freelancers.

Last but not least, it is important to advertise and create visibility amongst the winning clients, which is a challenge for many freelancers, but it is not all such difficult. A lot of tools are available on the internet to advertise the services which are fastest and convenient to use. One of them is the Email which is fastest and convenient to many freelancers. Freelancers can try yellow pages, their own website, white pages, web forums or community websites.

How to begin freelancing

In the today’s world; when there is revolutionary change in information technology, digital media, the mere mention of the word ‘freelancing’ is inspiring to many people. Freelancing means, for the most people, freedom from slavery of conventional 8 hour time slab of employment, daily fight with supervisors and bosses etc. To overcome such altercations and time bound duties people start looking forward to the way of freelancing freedom.

Now if you are going to start your career as a freelancer then, first, find out the productivity of this business because any incorrect step in launching your freelancing business will be a dangerous factor. You have to identify your skilled field of expertise and not only compare it with your competitors but also check the market demand of your skill.

First you have to conduct the market research by yourself. After seeing the result of market research you will find that how beneficial the freelancing career is. If you try to conduct the market research from others then you have to be dependent on others and it may be self-defeating to rely on the report of others.

If you are skilled in multiple fields then concentrate on the strongest one which is more demanding in the market. Choose at least two fields of expertise in which you have the firm hold, as these skills will help you to market yourself further.

To market yourself your own website will be the best and cost-effective way. To develop a website you can take the service of a web designer. The web designers are also working as freelancers like you and they will complete your work in nominal fee. After developing the website you will be required to make it popular to your targeted clients, for which you have to take the services of SEO consultant. However if you are skilled in web designing and search engine optimization then you can do your work yourself.

Next you are required to know the places where your clients chat about their demands to take your services. You can offer your services online or offline to your prospective clients who will play an important role in your success. Never think to outsource your skill as it will cost your fortune.

Web forums play an important and essential role in the career of freelancing as here you can participate in the conversations held and make visible your services to the prospective and targeted clients. Hence you should participate actively in the conversations and present your services to the point so nobody can point the finger at you for spamming. Being accused of spamming will be rigorously harmful to the success map of your freelancing career, so be careful.

Lastly offer competitive rates in the freelancing. You should remember that the quoted rates are not very high or very low. The high rates will give you fewer chances for the works to be awarded and low rates will down your dignity and rating in the market which ultimately will also drop your chances of the works to be awarded. Low rates also will downgrade your quality of work which will decrease your rating in market, however if you do not compromise with quality of work then you have to work hard all the more. Hence be always on top of your competitors as a quality freelancer.

Where to start
There are lot of freelancing works the only thing is that you should know where such works are available. Whether you are working as legal expert, content writer  managementexpert, teacher, computer programmer, web designer there are a lot of works around the globe. However it may take quite time to establish your career as freelancer in the starting.

Most of the assignments are available online by registering for basic services in the area of your expertise on website portals which offer the freelancing works. The registration can be done for free or premium by paying nominal fee to the portal. Both the buyers and sellers register on the portal and deal with one another through portal by quoting the rates. After finalization the deal the buyer award the work to the seller and then seller has to complete the work in the contract time, which must be discussed and agreed at the time of finalization of the deal. The portal gives the rating to both buyers and sellers. The deals are discussed normally on the basis of ratings which you have got by your experience; hence you should try to get an excellent rating for your work by giving the quality services and timely completion of work. Sellers also get the rating about their payment habits, work postings etc, hence you should look the rating of the sellers during browsing the works or opportunities.

There is no entry point in freelancing career, however in some countries licensing is required for some special fields like X-ray machine operator, MRI scan, Radiologist and CT Scan.

Assessment of the competition in the selected niche and ability of the market to absorb the beginners should be your first step to enter in the freelancing business.

Your profile on the net is the best resource to get the freelancing works which helps to promote your visibility in the market. You can keep your work experience with the details of work done on the website. You should also contribute the articles for appropriate directories with your author information.

As a beginner you can contribute your unpaid assistance which will help people to notice and rate you.

Once you have decided to enter in the freelancing business now next step is to search the work. The websites on the internet are the best resources where these sites float normally all types of works. However some special sites float works for special fields only.

1.      Some portals like Elance, Guru.com, Getacoder, Pajamanation, Getafreelancer.com, Rentacoder, Work n hire are best for freelancing business as they protect the participants, the buyers and sellers, from fraud through the process of arbitration or escrow accounts. The bidding is normally accepted on these sites by the reverse-auction method.

2.    The established freelancers have lot of works in their hands so you can approach them as they require the freelancers like you to complete the work in patches. 

3.      Tutopia is the portal which provides the freelancing business to the teachers around the globe which is very useful for the students who are completing their study by distance learning. The portal offers free registration and you can quote your rate on the basis of assignment or time. Skills like learning golf and playing piano are available on this portal.

4.      Freelancing works are also available offline which you can search at exhibitions, tradefares where effective employers look the freelancers like legal expert, motivational speakers, leadership consultants, management experts etc.

5.      Online subscriber magazines, trade journals, ezines, literature journals etc fulfil their demand by hiring the services of freelancers. However such magazines do not pay better but your visibility may increase, so keep searching for such magazines.

6.      Most of the websites require the writers for their website, so keep a continuous watch on such sites. These sites normally post their requirement for writers on their websites. Hence select a site of your core competence.

7.      If you are competent in resume writing then your demand in the market will be more as this is the most paying and demanding job in freelancing business.

8.      The writers can also go to the website ArticlesGratuits.com where they can sell their articles on the commission basis or revenue sharing basis.

Besides the resources mentioned above there are such websites which offer the job for proofreaders, translators, web development, subtitling, software localization etc. The only thing is that you have to select the right field according to your core competence.

Problems in the freelancing business

The freelancers have to face many challenges in the starting, however they have promising future once they have established.

Many people start their freelancing business resigning their full time job without seeking uncertainties in the freelancing career. In such cases their sources of self-dependence are closed and they have to work hard to face this challenge as there are lots of uncertainties in the freelancing business also, as in the other businesses.

Many people do not analyze all the aspects and leave their full-time job for freelancing and face many challenges. Analysis of even a minute aspect is important as the freelancing business takes time to come in full swing like other businesses to provide expected resources of income.

Like other businesses freelancing also takes time to establish as a career in market. After establishing this career you will have a smooth road before you, but before that, you have to cross the rough patches of your path of success in your career.

Normally the beginners normally overlook such realities and they have to face such problems in the freelancing career.

Some other main challenges in the freelancing career is faced by the freelancers when they did not get the work, lose their project, hardly get a project, or they got cheated; as these are the common phenomenon in this career. Hence the best way is, to obtain the work through reliable websites through registration where they will be always protected from scams.

Promoting the visibility in the market is another problem for some freelancers; they should remember that freelancing business also needs some investment like other businesses. But for the freelancers, those who have left their full time job, it is difficult to invest money in their financial instability.

Not doing the work well, or not getting the significant project are some other problems of this career and the career comes to the standstill which got very depressive to the freelancers and they leave this business. Hence this is the best way to the freelancers that they should start their business as part time job until they have got the experience in their core competence.



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