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Be­come a Suc­cess­ful Free­lancer

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The year 2020 has seen a mo­men­tous shift in how em­ploy­ees per­form their full-time po­si­tions. Ac­cord­ing to the Stan­ford In­sti­tute for Eco­nomic Pol­icy Re­search study, about 42% of Amer­i­cans are cur­rently work­ing at home.

To gain a per­spec­tive on the change, the United States Bureau of La­bor doc­u­mented that the cat­e­gory only con­sisted of 24% of em­ployed per­sons in 2019.

This ad­just­ment in em­ploy­ment is of course, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and caused by the ef­forts of nu­mer­ous com­pa­nies do­ing their part to limit the virus and keep peo­ple at home.

How­ever, when the coun­try re­turns to a sense of nor­malcy, will the work­place re­turn to its tra­di­tional set­ting, or is work­ing from home here to stay?

Whether you’re cur­rently em­ployed by a com­pany that has set you up with an at-home op­por­tu­nity or are look­ing for a way to work for your­self, free­lanc­ing can open doors to nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Why Be­come a Free­lancer?

Free­lancers are in high de­mand among com­pa­nies through­out nu­mer­ous in­dus­tries. Whether you ex­cel at writ­ing, con­sult­ing busi­ness growth or flour­ish in dig­i­tal de­sign, there may be a re­mote op­por­tu­nity wait­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the So­ci­ety for Hu­man Re­source Man­age-ment, hir­ing man­agers turn to on-de­mand work­ers for th­ese crit­i­cal rea­sons:

• More cost-ef­fi­cient than hir­ing a full-time em­ployee with ben­e­fits.

• Cre­ates flexibilit­y to re­duce ca­pac­ity if de­mand drops.

• In­tro­duces a spe­cial­ized skill set and more pro­duc­tiv­ity.

• Job po­si­tions are filled faster than the tra­di­tional in­ter­view and re­cruit­ment process. Free­lance em­ploy­ees ben­e­fit from a vast va­ri­ety of avail­able jobs and ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with nu­mer­ous com­pa­nies and the op­por­tu­nity to net­work with in­dus­try ex­perts. A re­mote po­si­tion also pro­vides ex­cep­tional sched­ule flexibilit­y and al­lows most to work at their own pace.

How to Be­come an On-De­mand Worker

Since some on-de­mand po­si­tions are com­pletely re­mote, get­ting started with­out an on­line per­sona can be chal­leng­ing. If you don’t have the ex­pe­ri­ence to build a port­fo­lio, con­sider cre­at­ing a pro­fes­sional web­site where you can show­case your tal­ents and skills. Don’t be afraid to take on free or low-pay­ing gigs to build your reper­toire. Con­sider the site your hub to show clients what they can ex­pect and how to get in con­tact. With your mes­sage dis­played to en­tice em­ploy­ers and prove your­self, it’s im­per­a­tive to ad­ver­tise your brand. Start with re­search­ing com­pa­nies who typ­i­cally hire with on-de­mand tac­tics. You can eas­ily find them through so­cial media posts, pro­fes­sional net­work­ing sites and by shar­ing your own link on highly vis­i­ble web pages.

Gain­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence

Ideally, your free­lance jour­ney will be prof­itable and filled with pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences with in­ter­est­ing clients. Un­for­tu­nately, you may have to wade through some jobs that aren’t what you had in mind.

Doc­u­ment the in­ter­ac­tions through­out your ca­reer to have a jour­nal to look back on when you need to re­flect. An­other rule of thumb is to con­sider all ad­vice given from your clients as con­struc­tive.

With enough per­se­ver­ance, your role as an on-de­mand worker can turn into a full-fledged ca­reer if you find the right con­nec­tions.

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