Re: What is a Free Lancer???
Well anyone can work freelance. I often do, The thing is you need to work in an area that you are both experienced and able and confident in. There is no point becoming a freelance writer if you cannot write, for example, or a freelance photographer when you only own a mobile phone to take photos with. If you have a skill people want, then working for yourself, freelance is great as long as you realise you will have times when you don't actually earn any money and you don't overprice yourself.
Originally Posted by Mohan1289
Basically, someone offers you a project in your area of expertise and then you agree a time scale and payment. If you are wise you will have a written contract and record every transaction because sooner or later you will need to do taxes. You will also need an insurance stamp (though in the UK you can get and exemption for small earnings,) and possibly insurance.
I mostly get work by word of mouth, but people do have websites and even advertising in a shop window or an online notice board can get you work. Also look on online notice boards etc. I have got a surprising amount of work doing that over the years although I try to check things out before I meed anyone these days. Over the years I have done freelance writing, editing, cleaning, childminding, office work, teaching,..........Teaching has always been the most profitable but you don't get students all the time. If you learned how to do it, someone probably needs to learn it. If you are prepared to clean houses people are usually desperate for that but mainly go for the area in which you have expertise. One of the most interesting things I have done is to teach public speaking. Basically, if you can do it, and someone wants it then do it. Have a close relative who literally draws cartoons, freelance for a living: but he is pretty talented.
Last edited by Jackalyn; October 9th, 2012 at 10:18 AM.
Still deciding what to say.....