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Freelancing…what it is?

I come across my friends who are not aware of the term freelancing? I am so sorry for not mentioning explicitly what freelancing is all about? But the word “Freelancer” itself is so explanatory.

Wikipedia describes freelancer as “a person who is self-employed and is not committed to any employer for a long term.”

Fields in which freelancing is common include: music, journalism, publishing, screenwriting, filmmaking, acting, photojournalism, cosmetics, fragrances, editing, photography, event planning, event management, copy editing, proofreading, indexing, copywriting, computer programming, web design, graphic design, website development, consulting, tour guiding, video editing, video production, translating, illustrating and micro jobs.(from wiki)

Though it is difficult to gather data about all the above trades and conclude the number of freelancers the world has in the above fields, here is a quick infographics which would help you realize some facts about freelancing.

The first and foremost question is why do people freelance. I found this cool infographic from http://www.theblackandblue.com/2011/12/06/freelance-infographics/

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The advantages as you see can include, time management, having said that there are no schedule limitations; I would say freelancing is a job where you should be disciplined to the core to get the most of your time.

Yes, there is no commute and most importantly there is no one to boss around (isn’t it a big relief?)

But before taking up freelancing you should know whether you have the capacity of pulling off this responsibility wherein whatever you do establishes you as a brand. You are a budding entrepreneur while being a freelancer so the onus of the business lies solely on you. That demands more than 100% dedication and devotion in whatever you do. The word freelancing has a lot of free spirit to it, but with that free spirit comes a huge responsibility of being yourself. Try it if you dare..:)

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Wanna try freelancing?? for which trade???

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There are many different industries having different demands and workloads when it comes to working in those industries. Once, you are a part of one of them you try to find out people/ professionals who are similar to you and whom you can relate to.

I have been on this “find similarity” spree from the day I started freelancing and thanks to my observation I have been able to find out many trades which can be successfully taken up as a freelancer.

Photography:

Photography has always been a freelancing profession it just did not have

If you feel that you can see the world from the back of the lens better than what you see without it then this is a good option for you. The business of photography has been blooming as there is a huge demand for lifestyle photography.

Stand-up comedian:

A very skill specific job but then if your have lot many witty words in your kitty and you are sure that people are bound to find you funny enough to laugh their hearts out, be a stand-up comedian. As all freelancing trades there is no sure-shot pathway to success. It is a lot of hard work.

Painter:

I have been imagining a painter as a freelancer from my childhood days and it is still the same. This is a hugely creative field and I am sure, no creativity can follow deadlines. Rather it is hard to bind a creative mind with some crazy deadline.

Writer:

A lot has been written about writing and freelancing. This trade is for those who find their soul in words. Writer is a hard to find specie. Take this up if you have always wanted to weave words to let the world know what’s happening in your part of the world. Get yourself blogging or start writing content for magazines and alike.

The pain point here is how much should you charge for your services. Well, we are going to discuss this point in the next post and some add on to the above list.

But more than being a freelancer it is being natural in whatever you do. That’s the biggest key of success.

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The “me” speech

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I have been away for a while with a packed schedule of trainings and this time I have done trainings to my heart’s content. Training opportunity is always a way to bond with a new set of people. The fun part is I get to know what is trending in all types of industries.  The professional issues which the trainees are facing and also their quest to learn despite of all the issues is something to learn from.

Being a trainer, the first thing which the professionals would like me to tell is what I do? In short they want me to give a “me” speech. Thanks to Carol Tice for introducing this word to me through one of her articles on her popular blog “make a living writing”.

Initially, I used to fumble and used to say whatever comes to my mind. “Well, I am a freelancer doing so and so and from these many years blah blah” but some time later I started feeling that it is not leaving any impact on the audience. Basically, if I am not able to say whatever I am doing in exciting way, it is leaving a question mark on the confidence levels I possess. While training confidence is  the most important virtue and it may act as a catalyst.

The “me” speech had to be exciting because the first and foremost purpose of it is to make you feel enthusiastic about the work you are doing. And training for a professional certification is generally a four day affair, which gives me a lot of time to network and bond with people of different trades.  This “me” speech was a part which I had to work on in order to make the first impression (and as a freelancer you might not get such an easy gateway for introducing yourself).

The “me” speech is totally effective in launching yourself in front of your prospective clients without much hassle.  You never know at what instance you may bump on a potential client.

Let us take a look at what should you include in the “me” speech.

–          A brief and an exciting introduction about yourself and what you do.

–          Couple it up with what kind of clients you would like to work with as in your expectation from the client ( You never know you may be talking to a prospect)

–          Give some instances of your work as well to make the other person understand what exactly your scope of work (if time permits)

–          Be yourself while narrating your “me” speech

For some days now, I have been working on my “me speech” and though I have not crossed my ways with a good amount of prospects as yet, it gives me a huge high saying good things about me and my profession.

Wanna try it???

Here is Carol’s blog if you would like to read.

(The image credit http://www.etsy.com)

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Do what you like….

It is always a pleasure meeting people and knowing what are they made up of!! Freelancing has been fun just because of these people whom I meet every now and then, who make me realize that “Yes!! I am doing the right thing”

Freelancing is more about conviction. Conviction of doing things which you like. Because it is difficult to be  in somebody’s shoes throughout your life. Think about it!!

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The Write Thing!

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Imagine a day when there is a cloud of words surrounding you all the time. The august company of words is overwhelming at times. Besides making you feel assured, it helps you identify yourself over and over again. Be it just a simple blog post or an urgent requirement from a client, words keep coming on the interface of mind and they find their way to the console through the fingertips. Is it really that simple? No…not really.

Let us take a look at what exactly goes in for an article.

A bunch of thoughts

A lot of thought has to be poured in, followed by constant mulling over words. The palette of words presents some good ones, okay ones and the best ones. Choosing them appropriately to build a string of sentence can prove to be the toughest task if there are specific requirements from your client.

The harmony of words

Every article has to have its own persona. You have to set the tone of your article right at the starting of it. It is also very important to understand what you want to tell your reader. Do you want them to just follow the article as instructions or you would like to present your readers with the harmony of words which stays with them for a long time. I usually prefer the second one. Of course there are readers who would never indulge in reading huge paragraphs but the onus lies on you as an author of the article to create the attractive synergy of words, which appeals every reader. Always measure your successes based on whether the non-readers are finding your articles appealing or not?

Offerings to the reader

Packaging is a great deal. If you have all the above things in place without good packaging, the words will surely be losing their sheen. Relatively, whatever efforts you have put in creating the right perspective about the subject matter would not be as effective as it would if the presentation is not paid due attention.

In case of the articles on your blog, always have proper formatting and couple it with a good image. See to that the image is relevant to the subject matter you are writing. Spellings and grammar check is an essential part of packaging along with the right page size.

All your words should get the due respect when you are offering them to your readers. Ultimately, they are the ones which are building your relationship with your readers. The simile of thoughts, the perfect tone and the presentation blends together for building an everlasting connection with the reader. I am sure there are no exceptions to this at all