The term ‘job security’ seems to have faded in comparison to the more attractive prospect of flexible work schedule. Not long back, importance was attached to having a job that was secured and provided regular income with periodic increase in salary and a holiday once in a year. Ever since online platforms started offering more scope to freelancers, many an eye has turned towards freelancing for all the flexibility it offers. It is believed that freelancers are all set to outplace regular employees in another few years. As a freelancer, you may want to cash in on the changing trend. Here are a few suggestions to help you get going.
As a freelancer, you can enjoy the flexibility that is offered and with no strings attached. You can choose your employer and your earnings too. If the needs are more, you can work extra hours and for a few more clients and if you want a break, you can have by all means.
Most of the employers who avail the services of freelancers give them the space the freelancers require. While it is beneficial to you, employers too enjoy financial flexibility as there is not going to be any binding to have you on regular pay roll and give you incentives and other perks that are due to regular employees. If you consider this to have a negative impact on your financial interests, take comfort from the fact that you have the freedom of choosing your employer and your paycheck.
Your incentives are your freedom and the scope to grow unlike a regular employee whose promotions depend mainly on the employer’s decision. You can work for a client and when you feel you have the stuff to increase your rate, you can always charge more or seek new horizons.
Thus, you can choose to work with a contractor for a particular assignment or for a particular period and the continuance of work relationship depends on mutual understanding and acceptance. No strings attached for you either.
As a freelancer, you may initially be in a situation to work for lower rates. However, once you establish your credentials, you will be in a better position to negotiate terms and get fair price for your quality. There are times when you may have to compromise on the payment terms for the flexibility of work schedule you enjoy but still, things are absolutely in your control and hence you can stand your ground and demand what you deserve.
Choose your clients wisely and negotiate with them to settle down for a reasonable price. It is true that like the situation of IT Jobs market, competition in the freelancing world is also tough and hence many freelancers are available for work for a lower pay. If your quality stands out, the ‘competition’ is not going to hurt you.
To use the booming freelance market right, you need to get creative and work more effectively to attract job offers that offer lucrative income. To cope up with upcoming freelance revolution and make best use of it, you need to identify the types of tasks that you excel at and apply for such job posts.
Dare To Succeed
The mantra to succeed as a freelancer is to dare. As long as you remain your humble self-looking for offers from clients, you are not going to make it to the creamy layer. Sharpen your skills, trust your ability, be dedicated to your commitment and just go for it. You may not become a overnight success but your bold and persistent attempts will soon bring you the success you richly deserve. It is the online world and hence you are not limited to serve only those in your neighborhood or your country; tap the market right and you can reach the far corners of the globe.