Freelancing is an increasing popular way for individuals, companies and employers to outsource work. Freelancing is sometimes referred to as part of the “gig” economy. In the gig economy, instead of a regular wage, workers get paid for the “gigs” they do, such as a taxi ride, logo design, tutoring etc. Freelancing is now a global industry with opportunities for people to find freelance work through technology. In addition, opportunities now exist for individuals to undertake work for people outside of their city or country. So a Zambian based in Lusaka (or wherever) could design a logo for a person in the USA or teach English to an individual in China.
What exactly is freelance work?
Freelance work involves selling your service by the hour, day, job, etc. rather than working on a salaried basis for an employer.
What type of services?
If you have access to a computer, an internet connection and some skills then you have the basic tools needed for freelance work. Popular categories of freelance work include:
- Graphic Design
- Web Design
- Translation/Tutoring Services
How do I find freelance work?
There are a number of great websites that help people to find freelance work. These include:
Is there much freelance work on these sites?
Yes! The amount of work available on these sites is increasing each year. In 2014, just Elance-Odesk reported freelancer earnings of more than $941 million!
What do I have to do?
Most sites require you to register and create an online profile. You will then be able to see work being offered and apply for jobs.
How will I manage my work?
If you register for the sites above you will be given access to a platform that helps you communicate with your client, share files and project-related documents, track your time, and get paid.
What are the pros and cons of working freelance?
If you choose to work on a freelance basis then you get to decide what work you want to do, when you want to do it and how much you want to get paid. On the flip side, you will have to find work, manage your own time and will not receive the benefits that many permanent employees receive.
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