Prodding a Freelancer

By biswasankita
March 22, 2019

When I started writing, nearly 6 years ago, I had no idea what this field had in store for me. Freelancing was becoming a big part of the gig economy and there were quite a few, as compared to thousands today, who were trying to make a mark in this world.

Prior to this journey, I had no clue as to the job of a Freelancer. I had probably heard about it off and on, but never really paid too much heed to it. It was only after the journey ensued that the world of freelancing started becoming more and more clearer every day.

It was all a jumble of words. Assignments given. Tasks completed. Payment received. 

There was absolutely nothing more that I could think of as a novice writer. I was more interested in getting back to full-time work, however, family commitments posed a big challenge for me to even take that step.
Although freelancing has been a journey of many glorious ups and downs (yes glorious downs as well!), but at the end it was all about what I could take away from it all.

So before you actually prod a freelancer, and I mean any category of freelancers, please heed my advice…

  • They are not doing it because they have nothing else to do! They are doing it because it is challenging enough for them to take it up.
  • They are doing it because many may have had to give up full-time careers to actually pursue working and not leave the world in all its’ glory, high and dry. (yeah! understand the pun attached.)
  • They are people who love to write, photograph, paint, market, and so on, because it gives them immense joy in presenting their thoughts, standing and emotions through their work, but are also careful when it comes to creating that perfect piece of art for their clients.
  • They are people who may like to sit at the other end of the screen and act as silent ‘Helpers’ to companies, clients, big/small enterprises in making their business stand out. These freelancers come from all corners of the world and love interacting with like-minded people.
  • They are not a ‘lost group of people’ who have to earn an extra buck to make ends meet! They truly enjoy doing what they do, and no one has the right to meddle in their business.
  • They respect every individual because of the type of clients or ‘colorful people’ that they have virtually come across while doing their work.
  • They have immense knowledge on a variety of subjects and topics, that probably a lay-man can only visually comprehend if he/she is a keen observer. There is a lot of reading, understanding, researching and looking up webmasters/dictionaries involved to create a good piece of content worthy of the client and his/her business. This holds true to every profession that has a freelancer attached to it, and not only writing.
  • They evolve EVERY DAY because of the tremendous effort that they put in while doing their work with precision.
  • They upskill EVERY DAY because they know that competition is stiff and it is truly ‘Survival of the Wordiest/Smartest’ that will help them remain in front of prospective clients.
  • They charge variable amounts, because of the experience and skill they carry, along with the innate ability to relate to every topic with ease. Money is very important, however, for most freelancers, quality supersedes everything else.
  • They work at odd hours to make sure that their work is never compromised in quality.
  • They AIM to make themselves better, along with contributing a little more to make this world a better place. (You will be surprised to know how many unknown people have helped each other in their freelancing careers.)

So, before ‘Prodding a Freelancer’ do take a look inside and ask yourself, ‘Are you truly happy in doing what you are doing?’ or ‘Am I learning anything new?’

Taking a jibe at freelancers just because they choose to work from home or at their flexible timings, does not give anyone the right to plunge them with comments.

The job of a Freelancer is far more challenging than that of a regular person, because of the level of intricacies involved in delivering every piece and creating something more unique than the other. Learning everything on their own to become better in their respective fields, sets them apart from a lot of regular peers.

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