Freelancing culture is one we are yet to appreciate and adopt here in Nigeria. With an unemployment rate of 13.9% and more industries laying off employees the idea of a fixed paid employment may presently seem elusive. Access to the internet has opened up many job opportunities, expanded available markets, and has contributed to service sector growth irrespective of location and that is where we should be tapping into presently. Being in a global village, our services transcends our immediate environment.
Before going too far, let’s get it clear what freelancing is or better still who a freelancer is. A freelancer is self-employed person offering services, usually to businesses and often to multiple clients at a time. The type of work freelancers do varies. Nearly every type of service a business would need could be provided by a freelancer, including (but not limited to), marketing, such as social media marketing, copywriting, and publicity, writing, such as articles and blog posts, technological support, such as web programming and design, creative works such as graphic design, and financial support, such as bookkeeping.
Now that is a wide coverage. A lot of people have these skills and are very good at it but are still waiting for an employment. Some are already thinking, I can do a lot of these things. Well yeah, and freelancing could be an avenue to improve on said skills while earning a little on the side. For some, this has become a full time means of livelihood.
So why has this not picked up? Why are people doubtful about going freelance? A lot of people are unaware of the idea of freelancing and its benefits and with a lot of benefits ascribed to freelancing, there’s really not much to lose in deciding to go ahead with it. Some benefits are;
1. Flexible Hours
The first advantage of becoming a freelancer is that you can work whenever you want. You get to choose your own hours. If you want to sleep in until noon, you can do that. If you want to take the weekend off to engage in a hobby. As a freelancer, you can actually work during your most productive hours, and those hours don’t have to fall in during regular business hours.
2. Control over Jobs and Clients
When you work for someone else, you don’t get a choice of who you work with. You can become stuck with unprofessional or rude clients. But, when you’re a freelancer, you can choose with whom you work. If you don’t mesh well with a client’s personality or business or payment philosophies, you can pass on the opportunity and wish them the best. It’s as easy as that. You get to say when enough is enough if you have too many clients and can’t handle the stress, you can drop one.
3. Work Wherever You Want
Whether you prefer consistency or shaking things up when it comes to your work environment, you can choose to work wherever you want, whether you choose one of the many coworking spaces or while you’re on vacation. You are no longer stuck in an office or even in your home. Find a place in which you work best. You could work in a park, at the library, or in your living room.
4. You’re the Boss
You no longer have to answer to anyone but your clients and yourself. No one is hanging over you or micromanaging you. You are free to do as you please, when you please. Making all the tough decisions just became your responsibility; you have all the control.
5. You Keep all the Profits
No longer do you have to work for a flat rate, no matter how large the projects are that you complete. Now, you get to allocate or keep all the profits from your large and small projects and clients. This gives you the freedom to then use that money to improve yourself and expand your business.
6. Freedom to Work from Anywhere
Not only can you head for unplanned vacations, you can take your work along with you. It doesn’t matter where you are, all you need is a good internet coverage.
Only a few have seen the potential in the freelance world and there is still a whole lot to be done as we are yet to scratch the surface. Go ahead and register on any of these platforms to get started; Asuqu, Icando, We Sabi, Jolancer, Gigs Nigeria, Just from 5k, Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer and Hire free hands.
What are your views on freelancing? What other platforms do you know that we missed? Leave your thoughts in the comment section.