1. What is a freelancer?

Freelancer is someone who offers services for a fee. In general, a freelancer works independently without a long-term contract with a client.

2. What are the reasons of becoming a freelancer?

If you suddenly lost your job, you need to do something to earn some money. The sooner you do it, the more you are able to avoid the financial difficulties that may occur. While you are looking for a job and expect to be hired in a company, you can decide to become a freelancer and get the job independently. If you also want to be a boss of yourself, being a freelancer can be a great option. You can continue to look for a job while doing the duty as a freelancer.

3. What kinds of jobs does a freelancer do?

A freelancer can be asked to do any kinds of work which you can imagine!

Here are some examples:

- Freelance writer

- Virtual Assistant

- Graphic designer

But a freelancer is always asked to do any kinds of works which suit his skill well. Basically, anything that you can do very well in other places can also be done as a freelancer. And in many cases, it also even works on special professions that require a specific license.

4. What do you need and how do you become a freelancer?

To become a freelancer, basically, you need to have valuable thing that you can offer to clients. It is usually in the form of services that you are really good at. Many people quit working and begin offering services of becoming a freelancer. Well, the following are things that can help you begin a career of a freelancer:

• Create a blog / website to promote themselves

• Telephone lines to let clients contact you

• Ideally, business address

• Portfolio. Sample of your work in the past

• References from others. But this is not a must, as the time goes along, you will get these references by yourself

5. How do I get a job as a freelancer?

The answer depends on the job you wish to do. But, in general, you can find jobs fast in freelancer sites as follows:

• UpWork

• Guru

• Freelance.com

• Freelancer.com

• Toptal

• Staff.com

• Fiverr

• Seoclerk.com

The above sites are the best sites that I visited when I started working as a freelancer. The above sites enable us to bargain or provide stalls to sell the services we have.

As in guru.com, we are not only able to provide stalls to sell services we have, but we are also allowed to bid for jobs offered by the client.

Some freelancers’ sites are free, while others require you to pay some money to put forward your proposals. In general, these sites offer both the free and paid memberships. The free offers less jobs than the paid one. Upwork, and Seoclerk do not ask you to pay anything.

6. What are the main advantages of being a freelancer?

As a freelancer, you can adjust your work hour. You can be very busy this month, and a little chill in the other months. When your working hour is not too tight, you can look for other job opportunities or better your website / blog. It depends on you! Being a freelancer with the flexibility of managing their own working hour and working at home might be the dream of many people. The low capital and the absence of significant obstacles are another benefit of being a freelancer.

Being a freelancer can also be the best way to save your finances when you suddenly lose your main job. You will not only be able to earn some money by becoming a freelancer, but you can also still find a job, train and develop your skills which can be good for your next job. But, perhaps, you’ll end up deciding to become a full-time freelancer, and stop looking for another job. That's what I used to do.

7. What are the advantages of becoming a freelancer?

Some people believe that being a freelancer means you will not get satisfactory salary, while the client might also think that he does not need to pay for expensive services of a freelancer. All those things are caused by the global intense competition. People from all over the world offer the same services at a cheaper price. Yes, it is true! But it is too much and somewhat misguided. As the time goes along, your experience and your work will help you to obtain high salary which you can be proud of! In addition, there is one thing that you need to keep on your mind: You do not have to accept a job! If it does not suit your expectations well, look for another job that offers higher salary. Unfortunately, a few people take new freelancers for granted by giving them very low salary which is not paid on time, and so on. I have a story of a new freelancer who experienced it. But I believe, as experience increases, you will recognize potential clients easily so that you can avoid the fraud in the world of freelancers.

8. Conclusion

By knowing all the advantages and disadvantages (frankly speaking, I only see the advantages), being a freelancer is a worth doing career if you have any skills that you can offer.