Freelancers- As soon as we hear that someone is doing a freelancing job or freelancing work, normally people start assuming “Oh!! he/she is just sitting at home and doing their choice of work”, “It’s great you are, your own boss”, “freelancer!! oh they don’t have much to do, they sit in their comfort zone and work as per their mood” and so on and on!!
Hold ON !!! Freelancers are not FREE, they are equally working as much as a person going for a 9 am to 5 pm job or rather more than that. But the value or respect a freelancer or freelancer mom deserved somewhere still lacking in society.
If I have to put it across, even a homemaker is a freelancer with no salary and no job description, no offer letter, no appraisal, and no holidays. Well, I don’t deny or don’t say that those who are working are wrong and their responsibilities are less but as a freelancer mom sharing some facts and true job descriptions.
Freelancers Job Description
Well, where to start from basically when you hear about freelancing it means everything, literally everything doing on your own. People supporting you will claim you as a boss lady, so but let’s face the true reality behind the closed doors of freelancers’ work:
- You will be known as Boss of your own as you are working for yourself.
- Search your work, all by yourself. Check with brands and companies to find job that fits your talent and work terms.
- Negotiate on terms of commercials as the matter of fact, freelancers are not so well paid but trust me, you are the only responsible person to pay your bills and taxes.
- You are in the driver’s seat so be flexible and work as per your convenience and time.
- Freelancing is not a piece of cake you need to be giving your 100% to your role and work.
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Challenges faced by Freelancers
Let me take into the life of a freelancer and know the truth and challenges a freelancer mom or any self-employed person faces.
1. To get work regularly:
As a freelancer, we continually look for work. Maintaining a continuous flow of work is the biggest challenge for any freelancer, there are times when we have time but no work, and sometimes the workload is more to handle and deliver.
As freelancers are one woman or one man army, we face a tough time finding out clients and brands, there is a lot of competition within the community and to fit in there and keep getting work is the biggest challenge for freelancers. You can check for freelancer jobs and work over here.
2. Financial Stability:
The grass is always green on the other side of the ground, but the reality is tougher than fiction. As a self employed where you have to pay your debts, bills and take care of all finances. Managing the expenses is the next challenge faced by freelancers as getting the next payment is a tough deal.
So, to maintain the flow of income we need to assure that flow of work and finances don’t get stopped, and while taking up assignments, and signing up the deal we need to be careful so that the lag of payments doesn’t cause a problem in your regular income.
3. Meeting up with deadlines:
Well, not to say, if you are a freelancer you know the pain and if you are a mom too then I don’t think needs to be explained more. Working from home with other responsibilities like cooking, switching off the gas after 2 whistles of the cooker, cleaning the poop of your little one, laundry work, and then sending up complete work in hand on time is the most toughest job in the world.
The only solution which helps us is to be organized, plan, and schedule because delivering projects on time can only help us to overcome the above two challenges in life and keep us getting trustworthy clients and brands for long-lasting work relationships.
4. NO employment benefits:
Are you looking for bank holidays, vacations, off-sites, or appraisals hold on !! A freelancing job is not for you. Well with 0 employment benefits and profits you are employed. Wow!! now that sounds so interesting right.
5. Deal alone with your failure:
It so many times happens that your pending money is not transferred or you are not receiving any job. That’s when you feel disappointed and disheartened, that’s only your loss as you are the only boss, employee, or peon of your brand and company. So, if you are getting a fake or bad client who refused to pay you, which happens many times with freelancers, you will be the only one to suffer and have to deal with it.
I know there are challenges in every field and every job role, but freelancers need to put a little extra effort to sustain themselves in the market where they know no fixed amount is going to be credited to their account.
What’s your take on this? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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