total jobs On EmploymentCrossing


new jobs this week On EmploymentCrossing


Becoming a Freelancer

What do you think about this article? Rate it using the stars above and let us know what you think in the comments below.
A freelancer is a self�employed professional who works for different clients without a long�term contract with any one employer. Freelancing is a term that was first coined to describe medieval mercenaries who would fight for anyone who offered the highest pay. But today freelancers are seldom bloodthirsty soldiers who plunder and cart away booty. Rather they are experienced professionals who have made the decision to work for a number of different employers rather than simply remaining with one.

Why become a freelancer?

Most professionals make the decision to become a freelancer based on their personal schedule. Since many companies do not hire part-time professionals, some people decide to go out on their own and become free agents. Others freelancers may be attracted to the idea of working for themselves and the fact that they can set their own schedules. Freelancers also regularly enjoy a greater variety of assignments than ordinary employees and this actually affords them more real life experience in their chosen field. The professions where freelancing is most common include: journalism, copywriting, consulting, computer programming and graphic design.

Tips for Future Freelancers

First you need to make sure that there is a market for your services. Therefore, it is always a good idea to work as a freelancer part-time before you commit to full time freelancing work. This is a necessary first step every freelancer must take. All freelancers must make sure that there is enough work out there for them.

Once you have tested the market, it is always a good idea to establish your own website through which prospective employers can contact you. You should also join a few freelance communities where you will receive great advice as well as leads on potential assignments.

Another good suggestion is that you should attempt to meet a few of your clients in person. If the client is overseas or far away, this might be an impossibility, but if an employer is close by there is nothing that will impress them more than going the extra mile and arranging a meeting. Sure, emails and IM’s are nice, but a handshake always wins out in the end.

If, as we mentioned, it is not possible to meet a client in person, it is always a good idea to find out exactly what they like by researching their past projects. This will help you to ascertain the style and level of quality that they expect.

Possibly the single most important thing a freelancer can do before a project begins is to confirm the deadline date. Many disagreements that arise between clients and freelancers can be attributed to time management and the client claiming that the project is overdue. Therefore, it is always essential that you ask exactly when the assignment is due.

For the freelancer, salary is often difficult to calculate. That is why it is recommended that you always figure out and agree on an hourly rate before you begin a project. When calculating an hourly rate, you need to consider the fair market price of the work you are doing and what it would cost a permanent employee to complete the same work.

Lastly, all freelancer need to communicate with their clients about copyright issues, i.e., who owns the work they produce? If the client wishes to own the copyright to the work a freelancer produces, then he or she is in an extremely advantageous position and may be able to request a higher salary.
If this article has helped you in some way, will you say thanks by sharing it through a share, like, a link, or an email to someone you think would appreciate the reference.

Popular tags:

 salary  company  good idea  needs  emails  managers  consultants  websites  facts  methods

The number of jobs listed on EmploymentCrossing is great. I appreciate the efforts that are taken to ensure the accuracy and validity of all jobs.
Richard S - Baltimore, MD
  • All we do is research jobs.
  • Our team of researchers, programmers, and analysts find you jobs from over 1,000 career pages and other sources
  • Our members get more interviews and jobs than people who use "public job boards"
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars.
DesigningCrossing - #1 Job Aggregation and Private Job-Opening Research Service — The Most Quality Jobs Anywhere
DesigningCrossing is the first job consolidation service in the employment industry to seek to include every job that exists in the world.
Copyright © 2019 DesigningCrossing - All rights reserved. 21