Freelancing


"You can think of freelancing as volatile and risky, or as flexible and opportunity-rich. Doesn't having multiple sources of income and multiple moneymaking skills sound less risky than putting all your eggs in one employer's basket? Freelancing lets you shift gears when the world does."

- Sara Horowitz


The word "Freelance" was created from two words: "free" - independent and "lance" which means the weapon. 

Do you know, that for the first time the concept of freelancer was described in the novel "Ivanhoe" written by Walter Scott, where the freelancer was considered as a medieval hired warrior?

"I offered Richard the service of my Free Lances, and he refused them... thanks to the bustling times, a man of action will always find employment"

 - Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott

Nowadays, the market for freelance services is already quite developed around the world. It sounds so attractive but what's really going on? Let's look at the Pros & Cons of Freelance.


Pros


  • You can work remotely;
  • You can choose clients;
  • No office policy and politics;
  • No one will say - you are fired!
  • You are the owner of your business;
  • You can do what you want and what can do the best;
  • You can form your own schedule (very convenient for students);
  • You can wear what you want: thongs, shorts, and a t-shirt - no more office dress code!

 Cons


  • Unstable earnings;
  • No one replaces you if you get sick;
  • It is necessary to search for new clients by yourself;
  • Customers can abandon your work and find another freelancer;
  • No paid leave, no paid time off, no paid paternity/ maternity leave;
  • You have to contributions to your Superannuation fund by yourself;
  • Some problems can arise if the client refuses to pay for the work done;
  • You will pay to set up your workplace (computer, fax, printer, stationery, etc);
  • You will be isolated from the whole world since you will be forced to work 24/ 7;
  • You will run all aspects of your business: taxes, marketing, sales, signing contracts, etc.

Questions & Answers


 What is freelance?

 Freelance is an effective and mutually beneficial way of cooperation between a company or a person with an independent worker, who is not part of a company's staff.

 

 Who is a freelancer?

 A freelancer is an independent person who works on his own initiative, with his work schedule. In another word, a freelancer is a person who is self-employed.

 

 What are the most popular professions?

 Tutors / Designers / Web Designers / Journalists / Translators / Copywriters / Bookkeepers / Programmers / Photographers / and many others!

 

 What does a freelancer need to work at home?

 Stationery / A fax machine / A Mobile Phone / Home phone line / A good printer/ Scanner / Internet access from home / One or several computers

 

 How much does a freelancer earn?

 In some cases, this may vary depending on the circumstances.

 It depends on:

  • your reputation
  • your ability to work 24/ 7
  • the quality of the performed work (portfolio)

 

 How to become a freelancer in Australia?

  • Register for an Australian Business Number (ABN)

 Visit the business.gov.au website to find more information (opens in a new window)

  • Be ready to create an invoice for your clients

 Visit the Cashboard website to find more information (opens in a new window)

  • Think about your Superannuation

 Visit the ATO website to find more information (opens in a new window)

 

 Where to find Marketplaces?

Visit the most popular websites to find more information (open in a new window)

 OzLance (Australia's Freelance Marketplace)

 The Freelance Collective

 Freelance Australia

 Freelance Market

 Simply Hired

 Freelancer

 Upwork

 Fiverr

 Guru

Let's laugh together

Son: "Dad, could you tell me please, what is a freelancer?"

Father: "A Freelancer is an office worker who escaped from the employer!"


A new client asks a freelancer: "Do you want to meet after work?"

"What is "after work"? replied the freelancer.


A novice freelancer asks a professional:

"Mr Smith, could you tell me, what the biggest problem a freelancer can encounter?"

The professional answered: "A freelancer has only two problems:

- Where can I find an order?

- Why did I get into this trouble?"


Good Luck!

 

 

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