Sunday, October 28, 2012

Freelancing Dilemma

Let me be upfront, freelancing is not for people who wants guaranteed salary. It is not for people who finds security in having health insurance and other perks offered as benefits by companies.

In a letter published in The Guardian, a freelancer expressed how she become increasingly worn out because of the nature of the business, which requires endless application, the requirement of being flexible all the time, and the little separation between work and home. She longs in working in a team and being part of an organization.

In response, Jeremy Bullmore advised: "I think you feel trapped and tired. I think you need not so much a new job, as a new way of doing your existing job. Relieved of some of the loneliness and administrative burden, I believe you'd soon regain your appetite for work that, even now, you know you can not only do well, but greatly enjoy."  I don't entirely agree on Jeremy, I'm sorry. I always believe that freelancing simply isn't for everybody. Just like, everybody can't be a doctor. Freelancing simply doesn't work out for some people. You may read the entire letter and Jeremy's response in Dear Jeremy – your work issues solved.

If you are a freelancer and you are having some dilemma whether to continue the career or work in an office, freelancing may not be the path for you. I suggest to weigh things, know your priorities and know what makes you happy. If you are happy with what you do, you won't be having that dilemma.

If you have read my post on Read the Mind of an Independent Contractor, I shared some of my insights about this business and also posted the infographics from Mashable that shows the many things that occupies the mind of a freelancer. People who are new to this business (who are a freelancer for a year) are more likely of looking for permanent employment than those who who've spent years in freelancing.

Most of us are wired since our childhood to work as full-time employee in a company after our graduation. We believe that working in an office secures our future, which isn't really the case for everybody. Hence, working as independent contractor or as an entrepreneur makes it challenging because it is like going against what we were taught to do.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

ODesk Contractor Appreciation Day in Quezon City

Networking is very important in any type of business or industry. So, when I received this invitation from ODesk for the Contractor Appreciation Day in Quezon City this November 6th, I am compelled to attend.

If you are available by then, I suggest you go too.  ODesk emailed invites with your unique promotional code for registration.

One of the things that I hope will be discussed during the event is pricing among contractors. Though contractors have the freedom to set their own pricing, I think there should be some sort of standards or measurement we need to follow.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Future of Work

As I am nearing my second year anniversary as a freelancer, I looked at my future with excitement for more years of learning experiences and great business relationships with my clients. Freelancing as a business has been profitable for me. And I am hoping to a more productive years to come and more growth as an individual and as a freelancer. There is literally no room to get bored or idle. It's a busy and exciting world in freelancing.

Odesk has been keeping my hands tied on some virtual projects, which I'm pretty happy about.

It is anticipated that in less than 10 years, the landscape of employment or work would change as more people would be working online rather than on-site. Though this may mean competition among freelancers, this also mean more online work or projects.

Let me share some videos to orient you about freelancing or online jobs and ODesk.

oDesk - Changing How the World Works

Interview of Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk by Leena Rao of TechCrunch

Monday, October 8, 2012

Freelancing Business Requires Self-Discipline

Earlier today, I've posted this quote in my Facebook page by ‎Sir Alexander Paterson:
‎"The secret of discipline is motivation. When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself."

I've never taken discipline seriously until I've become a full-fledged freelancer. I am not saying that I don't have self-discipline before that. However, because of the nature of my business now, I've become more aware of how I use my time and other resources including electricity.

The saying talks about two intangible human virtues: discipline and motivation. A person can be disciplined but not motivated. This made me think of working in an office where you come to work on time and perform your job function. Nevertheless, you are doing things without your heart to it because you are not motivated.

When you have the passion on what you do and you have the drive for excellence, that is a manifestation of motivation. The goal could be material in nature or simply a sense of fulfillment.

In the freelancing business, self-discipline is a must. You have to fight against so many distractions especially when you are working home-based. To name a few--the television, social networking, cellphones and household chores. It is really different when you are working without a boss. You tend to be less conscious about everything knowing that you have the liberty,

When you are motivated to provide quality service or present your deliverable that meet or exceed the expectation of your clients, you won't be so much concern about self-discipline because it will happen inevitably. 
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