The covid-19 outbreak changes the pattern of lives, it totally changes the office life. In 2020, the office workforce shift to remote work. Remote work leads to freelancing, many small-scale industries find freelancers for their work.
Many experts say that 2020 is the hint that freelancing is the future of Office work. According to a report of Forbes, 50% of work in the U.S.A shift to freelancing by 2027. This year saw a great increment in freelancer above 8%.
Why people choose to be a freelancer?
Freelancing is best suited for people who are self-confident, ready to make changes and want to be their own boss. Some people choose to freelance because they want to skip traveling, skip offices, skip negativity, and bad talk. Some people choose to freelance because they feel they paid less than they deserve or some people want to balance their work life.
The best thing about freelancing you could do the same office work with more earning at your own place.
Importance of freelancing
In countries like India, where the migration of people to big cities is common. Adults are separated from their families to find works and just get Sunday for their families. Freelancing could bring more work to their home at least they can lunch and dinner with their family. In developed countries freelancing bring real freedom, where employees are less paid in their company, freelancer gives them the freedom to choose their client from other countries.
Is 2020 boost freelancing?
The outbreak of Covid-19 force us to work remotely, Some professional and skilled employee lost their job, who are not able to work remotely. But most employees find ways to earning from remote work. This remote working culture helps people to earn their wages. and those who are not comfortable working with their offices started work as a freelancer. India witnessed about 46% of increment in the number of freelancers. While the number of increments in the USA. is 22% which contributes around 1.2 trillion to the USA economy(A report of CNBC). It can be said that the Lazy market trend boost freelancer markets and the freelance market eventually in the race to become one of the big markets.
Small scale industries will ready to pick a freelancer
Who doesn’t want to save money, and complete a project with less spend? A small-scale company which finds it hard to maintain their clients or have less number of employee. To pick a freelancer for them is the best plan to survive this lazy market. Maybe the market is down, and some employee left or lost their job when a certain project hit to a certain company, they find a freelancer that can manage their work with fewer efforts and less money.
The client will find you
Yes, every client will want their project will be done professionally. So, they move towards big companies but big companies need a big amount. Not all of them, are ready to pay a big amount and they find a freelancer that settles with a low price for them with professional work. The client tries to find a freelancer that can handle all their problems and ready to work for them. Freelancer ensures quality work at a low cost in comparison to the company.
Benefits of being a freelancer
1. Work/life balance
The most beautiful thing about freelancing that it provides you work-life balance. It gives you the flexibility to choose your time, pace, place, and work. It provides you the freedom to select your client and choose the criteria of work you want. In simple work, freelancing frees you from the rat race. You could be your own boss at work.
Imagine a freelancer life
Imagine you have a workplace in your home that could perform your work at your time, could take a necessary break, and attend lunch and dinner with your family. You could take care of your parents, play with your kids, go on a date with your life partner. Can sleep well and could earn well too.
Importance of work/life balance
A simple question helps you to understand the purpose behind freelancing. ‘Why we work’. We work to feed ourselves and our families, we work to live our own lifestyle but are we doing It by a job. Not at, the golden year of our life, we wasted in the job and just find a way to feed ourself daily. But it takes our life from 20-60, what we left in life. Childhood and old age.
To live the golden age of our lives, we need to find work/life balance. For this freelancing help us in many ways. We have the freedom to work more from our own place.
2. Help you for a start-up
One brings to two, two brings to four projects. More project needs more work and more work gives you the opportunity to create a team.
Choose your field of freelancing, try to get more and more work, do work yourself as possible, when you find work is beyond the capacity, try to give some work to others, in this way you could make a team. That could help you to set up a small-scale business.
3. Chances of your growth is high
Freelancers deal with new things, new clients, and new problems every day but you never know when this problem becomes an opportunity to learn new things. Freelancers can increase their criteria every day. They are far better than office employees when it comes to learning new things. In-office employee perform nearly the same thing daily also office has separated department for every possible thing, but freelancers needs to perform everything for themselves.
4. Opportunity is high
It is not true that freelancing is just limited to web development, software development. Yes, it is true that the IT field is one of the hots among freelancers. IT field has lots of opportunities but Accountant, writers, script maker, video editor, professor, manager, designers, social media manager, sales and marketing, Translator, Photographer. SEO, SMO, and data entry are some other top payable and demanding. You have the opportunity to do everything that could add value to some’s life from your home.
5. Freelancing will be future
The freelancer’s growth of 2020, gives a signal that more opportunities are waiting for freelancers and the future belongs to freelancers. The number of services, jobs, and freelancers tends to increase this year too. Due to covid breakdown, 2021 could be the year of vaccination. Surely this process takes time and maybe you have enough time to polish your skills. You could ready yourself for the future to belong on the list of one of the best freelancers.
6. You could earn high
Freelancing removes the office chain, here freelancers have a direct connection with their clients, they could settle for their best prices, it is also possible that how much you earn through the office in a month you earn from a single project, throughout the week. Maybe this amount also low for customers as compared to the company, so the chance that the client comes back to you is high. And you could earn more than you think.
7. You could avoid unnecessary stuff in life
You need to travel to the office, have pressure not to be late, boss pressure, negative talk around you, and a totally strange environment. But in freelancing, you could save yourself from all unnecessary things. It will help you to have a clear vision of life.
Things to remember while freelancing
1. Your client is not your one-time payment
In this world of speed, everyone wants to grow fast, want to be rich fast, freelancers are also wanted that they complete their task as fast they can. And find a new project. But remember your client is not a one-time payment mode for you, you need more projects from them. So, try your level best to get their faith.
Most of the clients that assign projects to you, sometimes it is their life dream (Most in the case of website or application), so try to give 100% of you, and satisfy them. Your small mistake can cost high for your client. Try to achieve the trust of your client.
2. Make your image better
Image is everything in freelancing, the better the image you have, the more project you get. Try to polish your image, maintain your social media handles along with your freelancer’s profile, try to get connected with more people in your field especially on Facebook and LinkedIn.
3. Try to use your peak hours better
Everyone has the time that suited best of them, or they do work freely in that time, for me, it is 06 AM to 11 AM, on this time I have a fresh perspective to a problem and can handle difficult point of articles well. Know yours, and try to use your peak hour in a well sustainable manner.
4. Schedule becomes important
Most freelancer faces a problem after a certain time that they face a schedule related problem. Sometimes they spend more time in bed In the morning, sometimes they find due to a family function they didn’t work for a week or sometimes they a long unusual thing. But these things could haunt us, freelancer life is clear, the more work you do, the more you earn. Hard work and smart work both are essential.
Yes, you choose to freelance because you want to choose your time freely, but try to manage some schedule that will surely help you to earn more.
5. Ready to help your client
As we discuss, your client is not just a one-time payment mode, listen to them properly, note their views, try to solve their problem. Help your client, if any problem happens in near future. Set a certain support period for your client, it will be best suited for you.
6. Freelancer don’t think about job security
There is nothing like job security, you are just an employee for your office, they will find your alternate in hours, and you think that PF or Hospital service is your job security. You could be wrong, maybe they use the golden year of your life just to earn for others. Maybe it just avarice to stops you in their company. Nothing like a fixed salary maybe you earn in lakhs or you just earn your daily wages. Freelancer logic is simple, the more you work, the more you earn.
The last line
If you have a belief in your skills and have the confidence to handle new people, then freelancing is the best option for you. It gives your flexibility about time, place, and work. 2020 trends indicate that freelancers have a bright future. No freelancer tends to increase in 2021, which means more freelancer, more work, and obviously more competition for you. Covid-19 teaches us that family is everything, do the best with your family at your side. Make Work/life balance and use your golden years of life wisely. All the best freelance, the opportunity is waiting for you in 2021.