Freelance (freelance) in translation from English means "free pick". In the old days, freelancers were called mercenary warriors who served for monetary compensation. These days, freelancing is teleworking, that is, working from home over the Internet, and freelancers are called freelancers.
Basically, freelancers perform such work as: creation and promotion of sites, translation and writing of texts, web design, writing term papers and theses, etc.
Due to the fact that this direction is becoming more and more in demand every day, there are many myths regarding this type of earnings. Therefore, we will consider the most common statements and find out whether they are actually true.
Freelancing is an easy and quick way to make money. Controversial statement. This kind of earnings cannot be called easy. Searching for customers alone can take a lot of time and effort. And it's not worth talking about the performance of work at all, since it is a no-brainer that money will only be paid for work done in good faith. As for the speed of earnings, everything here will depend on how quickly the freelancer completes the work, and the customer pays for this work.
Freelancers have a lot of free time. Quite a misconception. If a person works for himself, this does not mean that most of the time he, to put it mildly, hack. In fact, freelancers work no less than an office worker. And their employment is not always limited to an eight-hour working day, quite often such a "freelance worker" "plows" at least 24 hours a day (especially a novice freelancer). This fact is explained by the fact that the freelancer does everything himself, starting with the search for customers and ending with the work. By the way, it is not easy for those freelancers who do not know how to properly manage their time. After all, it is so difficult to force yourself to sit down to work, there can always be a thousand and one reasons why the work is postponed until the last. But the deadlines are running out, and you have to, "sticking out your tongue" like after running a hundred meters for a while, to catch up.
Freelancers are mostly students, so there are few professionals among such workers. It is enough to "run" through the "freelance" exchanges to understand how absurd this statement is. On such exchanges, for a freelancer, his portfolio will tell everything, where this employee published his completed work. Moreover, often such a professional freelancer carries out serious projects and, accordingly, receives a decent payment for them. Well, the lack of a portfolio means one thing - a person is just starting his career in the field of freelancing. But even among the beginners there are conscientious freelancers who perform work efficiently and on time. It is from them that the pros "grow". By the way, sometimes an ordinary student with his abilities can "surpass" a person who is well over forty.
A freelancer doesn't make a lot. Why then? Earns, and how! Earnings depend on how much a person evaluates his work himself, as well as on professional skills and work experience. For example, a copywriter might write text and rate it at one dollar per thousand characters, or maybe four dollars per thousand. The main thing is that the quality of work matches the price. Therefore, the better and more professionally the work is done, the more expensive it is paid.
A freelancer doesn't need to have a website. Of course, it is not necessary to have your own site, but it is still desirable. Your site for a freelancer is, in a way, his business card, thanks to which you can easily find customers or show your work. The only negative is that customers are different, and therefore there is a risk of being deceived.
Freelancers are often cheated. Yes, there are unscrupulous customers who may not pay the freelancer for the work, arguing, for example, that the work does not meet the customer's requirements. By the way, customers are also often deceived by freelancers. To avoid deception, it is best to look for customers (freelancers) through remote work exchanges. With the help of these exchanges, both a freelancer (and, incidentally, a customer) will be sure that he will not be thrown away. Many exchanges even have a rating system, thanks to which you can find out about the customer (freelancer), for example, how long he has been in this system and how many positive / negative reviews there are about him.
It is unrealistic for a newbie freelancer to find a job on remote work exchanges. It is difficult for a new person to "break through" always and everywhere. It all depends on the patience and perseverance of the person. If you sit and wait for some customer to deign to turn his gaze on your person, then in this way you will really "starve to death" without waiting for anything. If you start to act yourself (for example, look for customers and leave them your proposals for cooperation), then literally in a short period of time you can "acquire" regular customers and work with them.
To become a freelancer, you need special knowledge. No special knowledge is required for a freelancer. Anyone who knows how to do something can become a freelancer. For example, someone copes well with tests on a specific subject - therefore, such a person will never be left without work, since there are many people in the world who are not "given" this subject. And if a person himself once studied site building, then he will be able to realize his skills by making sites to order. In general, the field for this activity is limitless, and most importantly, such work will not be hard labor, since a person will do what he likes.
A freelancer does not have a stable income. It really is, sometimes thick, sometimes empty. There are orders - there is money, no orders - no earnings. Therefore, it is recommended to look for regular customers for whom a lot of work needs to be done. In this case, firstly, you will always know that you will be paid for the work, and secondly, stability (albeit for a short period of time) will still appear.
Freelancers are people who cannot find work outside of the Internet. On the contrary, freelancers are "hit" by those who are disgusted with stuffy offices, boring bosses and salary delays. As a rule, freelancers are not in a hurry to leave the main (office) job at first, but as soon as the salary of remote work several times exceeds the office one, then the person, without hesitation, quits his main job and builds a career in the field of freelancing.