Freelancing for me has been an amazing space to explore various avenues, learn new skills and also to interact with a lot of passionate people across fields and industries. The freedom to choose the work and time is most certainly the biggest advantage in a freelance career!
Freelancing on and off for almost over 2 years has certainly made me rich with experiences; some amusing, some annoying and some totally off-putting!
Let me share with you a few scenarios and for all the freelancers out there I am sure you will resonate with the below:
Firstly most people think ‘Freelancers are free and rich!’ 😉 That would be amazing right if it were true. Well, let’s get to the actual definition by Cambridge dictionary – “Freelancing-working independently usually for various organizations rather than as an employee of a particular one!” And of course getting paid for the service provided!
Client: Could you JUST do this? It does not require extra money!
Frankly Me: Ahem! JUST = my time, my efforts, my skills! And yes you have to pay me for that!
Freelancers of course have to be paid at the end of providing a service! It is as simple as paying for food at a restaurant and secondly even after you were happy with the meal or not!
Client: I will make the payment tomorrow!
(tomorrow never comes! When is tomorrow?!)
Frankly Me: How about I provide the service tomorrow! 😉
It is so annoying when people expect a product/service to be on time but are least bothered to make the payment on time!
Or in worst cases, don’t make the payment at all! It is disheartening to see people act this way after using the service provided!
Client: Could you make the charges lesser?
Frankly Me: Oh yes, how about I provide you a lesser service with a lesser quality!
The service is priced at a certain level owing to the time, effort, skill-set, quality!
Client: I have the tools, could you teach me how to ace the skill in a day?
Frankly Me: As good as saying I am new to Cricket and have all the Cricket gears, teach me how to hit a six in the match today!
A person provides his skill after working hard on learning it, practicing it, mastering it and expects to be paid fairly when providing the service. Respect the person’s time and effort. It has nothing to do with exposure!
‘If a person is good at something, don’t do it for free!”
People: You are free right, could you come and do this?
Frankly Me: I am not free but I will make some time for it!
Juggling with multiple projects, commitments, they make time for people!
People: You have all the free time in the world, what are you actually doing?
Frankly Me: I am a Freelancer!
People: Ok, but what do you do for making money seriously?
Frankly Me: Seriously I make money through freelancing!
People: Oh! Does it pay you so much?
Frankly Me: A decent amount from which I can sustain myself and I am growing day by day! Most importantly, I enjoy what I do even if it pays me a decent amount!
Freelancing is a possibility, a reality! You just have to try it and be one!
Client: Why should I pay you?
Frankly Me: Because I am providing a service which you want like any other company!
Do Companies get a upper hand than Freelancers? Is it because they have a logo, registered company, an office?
It really doesn’t seem fair to compare these parties. At the end of the day, a service is a service!
Well, all in all, those were few of the many things that happen in a Freelancer’s world!
With all that said, I have to admit, each day is new, challenging, intriguing when I have to find out new ways to work out things. It keeps me on the edge and I get to use my brains a lot! The avenues are innumerable if one wants to take on a freelancer / entrepreneur mode!
Though in the US, especially New York City Freelancers Union have an Act in place which protects the freelancers’ rights of getting paid timely and legally.
In India, many people are opting out to be Freelancers but there aren’t any local laws in place yet. I guess firstly and hopefully, the mindset of people should change with regards to taking Freelancers seriously! And more so respecting the work, time and efforts put in the service provided!
These are a few small annoying things but the journey of a freelancer / entrepreneur / solopreneur is quite a courageous and an adventurous one!
More power and love to all fellow freelancers and entrepreneurs, we rock!
So, have you experienced any of the above with your clients? Or have you been a good client? Time to reassess!
Do you have good laws or acts in place in your region or industry?