Saturday, June 30, 2012

Freelancing: your ticket to freedom from the rat-race

Ever since my intern gave me attitude, I realized freelancing really does make people who go to the office look kinda lame. If you haven't yet noticed, a lot of jobs are being performed from remote locations. Going to the office is so last-century these days.

FYI freelancing isn't just for writers, or for software developers. Yes, a lot of freelancing has to do with writing and software/ web development (2/3), but all kinds of services are being offered via the web, from accounting to XXX. For example, check out the number of categories on freelancer.com.

Pretty much anyone with any skills can decide to work from home, when they feel like it. Initially, it's a bit of a struggle but once you've established yourself with great feedback from clients, five star ratings and all that, you're on your way to higher hourly rates, better projects and a real self-made career.

There are a number of platforms for freelancing on the internet. These include the likes of oDeskElanceFreelancer (formerly GetAFreelancer) and Guru. Each of them has their own pricing and particular flavour. Sites like odesk.com are generally a lot more intuitive and have a simple revenue model in which they get 10% of whatever you earn. Other sites like freelancer.com have different membership levels from $0-50 per month and offer a bunch of other services. It also provides its users with all kinds of ways to make money, from actual freelancing as well as affiliate advertising, contests and even a services marketplace.

Freelancing is a multi-billion dollar industry that provides developed countries easy access to skilled labour, while also providing these countries a valuable sources of income and earning power. If you live in a country like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or the Philippines, all the better since the dollar exchange rate can really boost your regular income.

However, statistics published by odesk.com indicate countries that employ freelance workers are one of the main sources for freelance workers themselves. Let's face it, if you're an American, you're a lot more comfortable working with someone in the US. Language and cultural barriers frequently make it difficult to manage workers half-way round the world, though an established practice does make for huge savings. Freelancers that really succeed are the ones that are hard-working, professional and honest. 

There's really nothing to it. Watch this demo to understand how the whole thing works, then follow the step-by-step instructions on my website to get started. And there's rewards that can earn you much more than you imagine: read my other post about agencies. Getting your foot in the door is about the hardest part, but there's a lot you can do once you're inside.

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