If you don’t know what working as a freelancer is or requires, you urgently have to update your knowledge. Being a freelancer, especially if you are a fresh graduate, can be amazing and super rewarding. It means you don’t have to wait for the job market to pick you, you get to pick what you want to do, where you want to do it and how you will do it. Working as a freelancer allows you work the jobs you want and serve your clients independently. Right now, it’s a highly disseminated trend in the market of journalism, design, advertising, IT, music, and many others. It looks cool, right? Well, to be a good – no, wait, not good, great! – freelancer, you need to step up your game, especially if you are new in this market. The expression literally means “free lancer” and derives from the times when medieval knights and mercenaries worked for the nobles who paid them more, fighting in their name for money. After all this, being a freelancer surely looks like fun, a cool job without hours to respect or places to be. But that is where you are completely wrong: being a free worker means you have to be extra careful with your schedule and work habits or you will end up losing track of time and, ultimately, scare the clients away. And good references leave with the unsatisfied clients. It’s okay to have flexible hours, but establish your own timetable and try to respect it on a daily basis, leaving a couple of days to rest during the week, like the usual worker. But let’s stop with all the advice - mainly because we have a much better way to deliver them: this awesome infographic called "A Grad's Guide To Freelancing"!
November 06, 2013