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What Does it Mean to be a Freelancer?

A freelancer is a person who works for themself. The person is considered to be self-employed and contracts their services to a company. Freelance is growing in popularity; more and more companies are using freelancers and are used in various professions. A freelancer can work for more than one company at a time. Becoming a freelancer is an easy, low cost way to start working for yourself. If you need or want a more flexible schedule and to have the ability to work from home on your own terms then freelancing could be for you.


There are many advantages of being a freelancer. The number one advantage is you are able to make your own schedule. Also, most freelancers work from the comfort of their own home. You are able to pick and choose the work that you want to do. Unlike working for an employer, you have the flexibility in the hours and days you work. In most cases, once you agree to complete a particular job for a company then you work independently. You are given a deadline for which the work is to be completed by. Another benefit is that you decide how much you will make. The more experience, the more you can charge for your services. There are various sites that you can advertise or search for work, these are usually free sites. I will list companies that you can find freelance work and the types of freelance jobs at the end of this article.


Like anything else, there are disadvantages to being a freelancer. First, you must keep track of all of your earnings because you are responsible for your own taxes. Not to forget that you need to acquire your own health benefits, also set up your own retirement savings. You must realize that you may not always have steady work and plan accordingly. Sometimes finding work can be a full time job in itself.


If you have been out of the workforce for some time, for an example a stay at home mom, this is a good way to get back into the workforce. You can slowly dive into the workforce and gain valuable experience. Freelance is also good for a retired person looking for a flexible position to supplement their income. Although freelance is just not for people looking for part time work, once you become established this can be a full time income.


There are many websites to find freelance work. It is best to go through a site to ensure payment and the terms are followed. Most sites have their own system in place for payment, for the safety of the freelancer and company. Each site will be different as far as how to obtain work. There are sites that you will need to bid on jobs then the company will choose a person. At the beginning, you may need to bid lower to establish yourself and get a good rating on a site. Then once you have a good track record, you will be able to bid higher and gain more jobs.

Below is a small list of freelance sites, if you do a Google search (where to find freelance jobs) you will find 100’s of sites.

1. www.elance.com








Now a days it is more than just writing jobs, there are various fields that use freelancers.