HOW FREELANCING EXPOSED ME TO DISCOVER UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES AND WHY YOU SHOULD START TOO!
So you have landed on this page because you are curious
of freelancing or maybe because you don’t
particularly like your 9-5 job and are seeking
for ways to have more freedom with your time.
Or you are looking to get an additional income aside
from your current work because of a low paying job that has little room for growth.
Disclosure: I have been in the freelance world (Upwork and outside) for about 3 years now and
I’ve seen the worst and the best of employers online.
Most were short term but quite a few long term working relationship.
I am writing this blog post to let you have an idea of how amazing it is to be
a part of the freelancing community and why you should start too!
Now I know that most of us are also working full time and perhaps freelancing on the side is a total eater of time. That’s what I thought three years ago when I started. I kept asking how could I manage my time considering hat working in the healthcare industry is stressful enough! But I jumped at the opportunity and thought less of how it could work.
THE WORLD OF FREELANCE
Freelancing is very vague. Talk about collaborating as a fashion designer, web designer, virtual assistant, customer service representative, transcriptionist and even as a freelance photographer. I started in Upwork with little to no experience, and the only thing I could do is write and type information from one unto the other. So when I have to decide what services I could offer, I just placed “virtual assistant and “writer.” LOL! I can’t even remember why I chose those titles.
Freelancing’s hard, but there are tons of benefits you can reap afterward you maximize your skills.
Remember I only wrote the two descriptions above beside my name, however, I eventually learned specific skills as most of my employers taught me how to work within their desired outcome. I enjoyed while I was learning because I never could have imagined these different tasks do exist. Here are some and one of the best.
1. Freelancing offers opportunities to learn how business transactions work online.
One of the most exciting things I am learning online is how business transactions work on floating air and how selected products are profitable online until today. I learned how to communicate with different personalities and nationalities involved in the business. It gave me an idea of where and how to find suppliers for a profitable product and how to sustain a starting business.
Most of these online companies came from a platform called Amazon. Now when a freelancer has the background of how these things work, it’s up to him or her to research on the rest and may even end up being one of the sellers on Amazon. It takes a lot of researching and testing for these stuff since it’s business. Yes, we risk, but we intelligently risk to maintain business online.
2. Freelancing offers opportunities to understand the blogging and publishing industry.
While I was still starting out, I offered a writing service to Upwork and its clients. I charged them a minimal amount until I progressed and worked with someone who had a publishing business and a blogger at the same time. (This I cannot disclose).
Moreover, as the weeks and months passed, I got the chance to learn how to set up a blog, run it, and maintain it. One of the first aid behind the launch of this blog. I had enough information and skill to actually start one, so I jumped again, and I am here right now giving this a try.
The only responsibility left for me here is how to increase traffic and how to maintain the blog. Do you have any suggestions on these? I’d be glad to hear from you.
3. Freelancing offers opportunities to learn basic graphic design skills
The majority of the clients online are already busy with their daily activities, and they search for people around the globe to keep track of their demands. Most of them require experience in these kinds of tasks, but I was lucky to have landed a contract that accepted no experience at all as long as I have the commitment to learn.
It is very basic, and once you familiarize yourself with designing simple graphics with texts online, there’s a high percentage of becoming an expert at it. Who knows this might be your passion.
4. Last – opportunity to be a virtual alarm clock! (haha)
This was like the weirdest job that I took over a year ago while I was doing nothing and waited for a call from an institution that I applied. I didn’t know why I accepted it at first, maybe because it was fun and weird in a way, so I tried it out.
My task for two months was to wake my client and remind him to go to sleep at a particular time when he was overlooking the time he spent on working with his business. This was a constant battle between waking myself up and getting a hold of him due to the timezone of the Philippines and the U.S and because of this, I was paid well.
My client needed a reminder and also a motivator so when things get too hectic, unproductive, or low, I motivate him to get up. (by the way, this was also part of my responsibilities).
Crazy as it seems all of those I mentioned above didn’t felt like hard work for me. Number one reason was curiosity and the interest of how things work. You may or may not want to try this but I tell you, this was absolutely one of the greatest things I was exposed in. In this community, we are certainly making and changing decisions and that allows us to learn.
It is also important to say no to jobs which don’t interest you in a way because it will all be useless. Find your comfort and interest and it will lead you to the right door. I hope I’m giving you an idea of how freelance works and enlighten you to try it out 🙂
How about you? Have you tried working as a freelancer?
What were your experiences? Share with me in the comment section below 🙂