Many people are struggling during these economic times. From the largest cities in the world to the smallest towns, millions of individuals find themselves needing extra income just to make it, or new jobs after an unexpected layoff. The 2009 world recession isn’t anything new. We see situations like these repeatedly. For many, the place to turn is the Internet. Freelance work is at an all-time high, and with a simple look, it’s easy to see why.
A “freelancer,” simply put, is a person who seeks work through their respective profession without the long-term commitments from an employer. Freelancing has historically proved to be recession-proof, thus causing an explosion of freelancers during tough times. There are no set-in-stone prerequisites for freelancing; basically, if you can perform a task, you have what it takes to succeed as a freelancer.
All types of demographics appreciate the freelancing market. One of the more popular “types” of freelancers is the stay-at-home parent. Whether it’s a busy mother who doesn’t have time for a career or a father who’s found himself out of work due to injury, or an infinite amount of other scenarios, freelancing work is available. Husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, single parents, etc.; freelancing remains a popular option.
The type of work you can do as a freelancer has no limits. Some of the most popular jobs found on the Internet include Web design, writing, data entry, programming, logo design, engineering, virtual assistant, and the list goes on and on. Even jobs that require on-location work can be found through freelancing.
Freelancing has multiple benefits. First and foremost, you have the freedom of being your own boss. This isn’t a get-rich-quick gimmick from a website that promises untold riches. Instead, you’re providing a solid service by doing what you know. You answer to no one except the person who pays you; and the terms of payment are usually very flexible, as both parties understand the business of freelancing.
The schedule is also a big draw to this type of work. People who are pressed for time – whether they need part-time or full-time income streams – often choose freelancing as a way to work when they want instead of when they need. The freedom involved with the work brings in millions of new freelancers per year.
However, there are a few downsides to freelance work. Any and every one with a particular skill can seek work out there, but it’s not a guarantee that work will be found. There’s no one out there handing over the work; in fact, the freelancing market is more difficult to compete in due to individuals who seek supplemental income and flexible schedules. Another downside to freelancing is the lack of benefits, as in health insurance, pension plans, hazard pay, etc.
Freelancing work is indiscriminate as a whole. Whether you’re a writer, a gardener, a programmer, an artist, or a million other titles, freelance work is out there for you. It’s suited for everyone who enjoys more freedoms and less of the hectic timekeeping and demanding bosses of the world.