Updated: Jun 18, 2021
They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and while freelancing may not exactly be an invention, during these pandemic times it has undoubtedly become a means of survival for some. With companies shutting down and jobs being eliminated, the surge in numbers of those becoming their own boss is ever-growing. Of course, freelancing is not just a matter of turning your spare room into an office. There is so much more to it than that.
While the rate of people freelancing has been steadily increasing over the past several years, COVID-19 has caused those statistics to rise even higher. In some parts of the world, this past year saw 59 million people performing freelance work, representing 36 per cent of the workforce and an increase of 2 million freelancers since 2019. Looking at global data around freelancing during the pandemic, Payoneer found that 75 per cent of freelancers said pay rates remained stable and that the average 2020 freelance hourly rate was higher than in 2018.
Of course, technology has made much of this all possible. With a laptop, a web connection, and the proper skill set, you can work anywhere around the world. A company benefits from hiring a freelancer as their overhead costs are lower, costs such as benefits, payroll taxes, office space and equipment. Freelancers benefit as they can set their own rates, pick their own hours, select their clients and their projects and decide where they want to work. It can be a win-win situation on both sides.
Successful freelancers need to be self-disciplined, financially responsible, motivated, resilient and flexible. They must be professional and be adept at networking while excelling at time management. If these all sound like qualities you possess, and you are interested in delving deeper into the possibilities of taking your career in this direction, this Complete 2021 Superstar Freelancer Bundle is for you.
Naturally, the first step is to determine what type of work you are best suited for and what you love to do. Optimally those two things line up. Then you will need to sell yourself, make yourself stand out from the competition. Once the jobs start rolling in, you must work smartly and efficiently to ensure that you not only deliver what you promised but that you don’t burn yourself out. Through lessons in how you can source jobs, how to market yourself, how to improve your self-organization, and more, you can be well on your way to creating a thriving business. The coursework also offers basic bookkeeping lessons, allowing you to stay on top of your financial situation, and has some specific modules for those interested in exploring endeavours in the artistic fields such as designer, filmmaker and illustrator.
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This article was curated and sourced from https://financialpost.com/personal-finance/business-essentials/freelancers-in-some-areas-are-now-earning-over-70-per-cent-more-than-workers-with-traditional-jobs