Remaining Afloat on the Turbulent Sea of Freelancing

Recent years have seen such tremendous change in work activities where instead of the traditionally centralized workplace, employees can carry work home partly due to the advent of technology. The internet, for instance, has provided virtually endless opportunities for people to work from any location provided there is internet connectivity. Data is being stored in cloud storage where it is accessible at any time and in real time. As such, many business opportunities have opened up targeting almost every niche of the business ecology from marketing, education and perhaps the most notable of them all being freelancing. The internet has, therefore, addressed one of the oldest struggles of working people; work freedom and autonomy. People can now work from home, organize their timetable and schedule provided they complete their assigned task by the deadline.

 

Freelancing in particular reaps almost all its benefits from such autonomy and job flexibility. As such, many have rushed into the industry to make the “easy buck” without realizing that freelancing is just as professional as any other career out there where players are expected to maintain quality and dedication in providing work that is up to standard. Perhaps, the notion that there is easy money online has led to the unruly brood of novice freelancers who are providing mediocre projects and products and leaving many clients questioning the credibility of freelancing services. Like any other career, freelancing requires adequate training and a freelancer will sharpen their skills with experience. Below are some crucial tips for becoming a competent freelancer with a chance of surviving in the industry:

I. you should never, ever, plagiarize work

Plagiarism is one of the surest ways of sinking in the freelancing industry. There is not a chance whatsoever of making it though if you steal ideas from others and pass them as your own. The whole point of contracting a freelancer is because the client could not copy and paste the work of another author so when a freelancer plagiarizes, it beats the purpose of their hiring and aggravates the client. Consequences of plagiarizing work can be dire and may cost the client dearly. Often, new writers and sometimes the veterans resolve to get things done fast by simply copying resources and in so doing, play Russian roulette with both their careers and that of the client. If you have any prospects of surviving in the freelancing world, avoid plagiarism like the plague.

II. Competence

Handling client projects is not merely delivering a product at the stipulated date; it entails producing work that addresses the client’s instructions. Every order submitted by customers will often have personalized specifications, and it is the due responsibility of you as a freelancer to confirm that you are cognizant with the instructions in entirety. Therefore, it is crucial that you are sure that you can handle each project assigned to you before you accept to work on it. This will include any background knowledge on the subject, a quick search for academic resources applicable and lastly if you are sure and comfortable in delivering the project. You should run this quick competence check on any projects on offer to ensure you take only those projects you can competently handle.

III. Avoid being informal or over-simplistic

Clients will always have a problem with a project that sounds too informal or has a too simplistic tone; you can bank on that. Their usual reply will be “this project was not done by a professional,” and a refund request almost always follows. Maintain a professional and an academic tone with an authoritative air while passing ideas. This will also include a good language command, coherence in writing and topography that progressively addresses instructions.

There are many other domains of freelancing that a freelancer should be on the lookout but the above three will ensure your head remains above the water until you gain enough experience after which everything becomes easier and effortless. Handle all projects professionally, conduct sound research, synthesize ideas and keep time while at it and freelancing will become not only a means of income but a hobby next to none.

7 Replies to “Remaining Afloat on the Turbulent Sea of Freelancing”

  1. As the post says, “the notion that there is easy money online has led to the unruly brood of novice freelancers who are providing mediocre projects and products and leaving many clients questioning the credibility of freelancing services.”

    If I might add, freelancing writing (or any other form of professional writing) is highly involving. It requires a keen commitment, which wears one out sometimes.

    But, as with any other creative or intellectual process, the most satisfying part is the end product and not the payout.

    So, in my opinion, a lot of aspiring writers fail to identify what the business is about in its entirety, which leads to what the post terms as ‘questionable’ practices.

    All in all, the post has hit the nail on the head!

  2. I’d like to add, by the same token, that it’s not that much of a writer’s fault to identify what business is about, but mainly the company’s fault not to connect writers and end-consumers in a way where both of them would feel gratitude working with each other.

    At our company, we always strive to pass all the customers’ feedback to the executor as well as encourage constructive dialogues within the system.

    Gratification and understanding that your work is valued is something we all desire in order to feel better and approach more optimistically what we do. The results will follow.

    1. I’m with you on that one Chris. It’s all about communication! If it’s honest, respectful and timely — all parties get the opportunity to produce the much needed value for each project.

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