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"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 other 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?


Airtasker

Visit site

  Airtasker is a unique company that provides an opportunity for people to realise their skills and earn money. Easy to get a job - Easy to get paid!

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

Features: A Sydney-based Australian company / An online and mobile marketplace (Apps available) / Sing up to the platform - free (with an email address or a Facebook or Google account) / 15% fee - a commission for each job / The seamless and secure way / Over 1.6 million people using Airtaskers/ You can make money right now!

OzLance (Australia's Freelance Marketplace)

Visit site

  OzLance is a portal for clients and Australian and New Zealand Freelancers.

Features: Tiny Overheads / Lower Rates / Local Staff / Higher Quality

Cost: To post a project or job advert - $7

Operate since: 2006

The Freelance Collective

Visit site

  The platform is for Australian freelance bloggers, photographers, journalists, graphic designers, web developers, social media and marketing gurus and more.

Cost: Profile on the site: $15 per month / or Sign up for a year for $160 (+GST)

Operate since: 2015

Freelance Australia

Visit site

  Freelance Australia is the largest independent community of freelancers and independent workers in Australia.

Costs: From $9 per month

Freelance-Market

Visit site

  Freelance-Market is a great portal for finding the most suitable contractors.

Features: Full cost control / 600 contractors in 45 categories / Professional approach

Cost: Find more here

Operate since: 2004

Simply Hired

Visit site

  Simply Hired is an employment website and mobile application that aggregates job listings from thousands of websites and job boards.

Features: Post job for free / A huge range of jobs

Operate since: 2003

Freelancer.com

Visit site

  Freelancer.com is the simplest and safest way to post a job and to get a job.

Features: Support available 24/7 / Up-to-date mobile app / Professional service

Fees & Charges: Find here

Upwork

Visit site

  Upwork is a global freelancing platform to connect businesses and independent professionals.

Cost: Basic - Free / Plus - $49 per month / Business - $499 per month

Operate since: 2015

Fiverr

Visit site

  Fiverr is the world's largest online marketplace for freelance services.

Features: 24/7 support / Guaranteed / Payment protection / No hourly rates, just a fixed price

Operate since: 2010

Guru

Visit site

  Guru is a freelance marketplace that provides high quality freelancers.

Features: A simple and secure solutions / Protected payment / Pay by task / Pay by the hour

Operate since: 2007


Let's laugh together

Freelancing

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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