What do you know about freelancing? Are you sceptical about it, or are you intrigued?
If you’re new to freelancing or have just begun your freelancing career, there are a lot of myths that you may have heard about. I’m going to address some of these myths here and dispel the misunderstandings about freelancing.
Not true! You might think that it would be impossible to charge for a service you provide for others. But, what do you think the definition of “freelancing” is? If you can get someone to pay you, then you’re “freelancing” — or you’re being hired.
But the point is, there’s a market for freelance work. There’s been a steady stream of online information and advice about freelancing for years now, and it keeps increasing as more and more people get started.
Freelancers are often told to “work long hours” to be successful, but this advice is not only wrong, it’s actually damaging to your career. Studies show that working long hours only affects productivity and success in the short term. So you may get more work done in the short term, but your productivity will drop over time.
Every beginner freelance writer will think that freelancing is risky. And, because it’s risky, people (especially those that are currently not freelancers) will say that you should keep your day occupation before quitting to freelance for a bit.
Admittedly, freelancers are prone to accidents because of the nature of the work they do. Freelancing comes with a bit of risk, but purchasing professional indemnity insurance can help freelancers avoid financial ruin if they get sued.
As a freelancer, you do not need an office to work from. More and more people are appreciating the benefits of working from home, especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.
Working from home is a great option, especially if you have young kids. It is true that it can be a big step away from the traditional workplace and that it can create a lot of uncertainty about how things will work, but there is still a certain level of satisfaction that you can gain from having your own workspace.
As a freelancer, you can be a writer, web developer, marketer, business owner, or anything else. It’s just that if you’re going to be successful, you’ll have to specialise in one area. For example, if you want to be a writer, you’ll have to become a specialist in that field. You’ll have to write lots of articles, blogs, books and do lots of research.
A great tip to keep in mind is that freelancing is work. All you need to do is produce results, be efficient, continue personal development and make your clients happy. You are in charge of your own business.
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