Freelance, In the 2000s, “entrepreneurship” was the word of a decade when adults, regardless of age, discovered the world of remote work. This step brought a sense of freedom in the lives of many people, and its influence does not lose its strength today.
Now there is a shift in working culture. The COVID-19 pandemic closed many people at home, so now most of them are turning to freelance in order to get additional income in times of unpredictable situations in the global economy.
Now “freelance” is becoming a new trend including Pakistan. And as many begin to look closely at him, the first question that arises is: “Where can I find good suggestions for remote work?”
Before I share my favourite freelance communities, sites and resources, it is important to note that the first steps in the field of freelance are accompanied by a lot of difficulties. The entry barrier may below, but you are not guaranteed insurance or other benefits that apply to traditional work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It may also take years (or months if you are determined) to create a professional reputation for yourself when freelance and distance projects come to you on their own.
The good news is that you can start building a freelance career right now with the skills you have. The richer your experience in the profession or in a separate niche, the easier it will be for you to find a job that brings pleasure.
Question: where to look for good remote work?
The most popular freelance search resources, I’ll call them The Big Five: Upwork, Fiverr, people per hour, guru and Toptal. You could ask your freelancer friend for advice or look for “sites for freelancers” on Google, and these sites definitely caught your eye.
But are these really the best options for freelancers and teleworkers? Are these the only companies combining businesses and freelancers? And more importantly: do these companies care about the people who use them? Do they protect their rights?
The answers will depend on where you look for them. On the one hand, there will be people who say that Upwork saved their lives, on the other hand, there will be those whose experience with this platform was so terrible that they set out to warn everyone from working with this company.
In a recent survey conducted by Lancebase, the Fiverr freelancer community, launched in 2016, was named the best freelance platform. Fiverr is a platform similar to Upwork. It helps freelancers and customers find each other, and the price for work there starts at $ 5.
You are probably surprised to ask what professional service is priced at only $ 5? And you are not alone. Working with these sites can be a race for wear and tear.
Poll at Pakistan Freelancer Community
In addition to low wage rates, sites like Upwork and Fiverr take 20% of the freelancer’s earnings on each project. That is, you earn $ 5 on Fiverr, but in the end, you get $ 4. It looks and sounds illogical. Nevertheless, the Big Three manages the marketplace industry for freelancers.
As more and more people are looking for a freelance that will bring pleasure and will be highly paid, it was important for me to find sites and platforms that put freelancers in the first place or at least take care of them and protect their rights.
I agree that the Big Three is coping with its task of uniting businesses and freelancers – from the US to Africa – and provides them with additional income, but I also believe that it is time for monopolistic companies in this industry to take into account the well-being of specialists who work for the work.
Upwork and Fiverr have enough influence to set a minimum bid for each skill that is put up for sale on their platforms. And no, $ 5 is not an adequate price for a professional service. Obviously, letting the business publish the task of freelancer writing 10 blog articles for $ 10 is an operation, especially in the context of the spread of COVID-19 and the absence of work, many experts simply have no other choice.
In case Upwork and Fiverr takes an interest in how they can help the world during a pandemic, here is a suggestion: reduce the fee from each freelancer by only 50% so that they can earn 10% more.
We turn to our main question, but with reservations.
Where can you find good freelance deals?
There are many options. They just know and talk less about them than about the Big Three.
The minimum requirement for work that brings pleasure is mutual respect. The client respects the freelancer, and the freelancer respects the client. They are humanly related to each other and appreciate the contribution of each to the common cause. This is a partnership in which two people come together to achieve their goal together.
The following are resources where you, as a freelancer, can find such projects.
Their scale is not comparable with Upwork, so get ready to work a little harder on your professional reputation and interact more actively with specialists in your industry. But if you follow the chosen course, in the end, it will bring you more satisfaction and higher earnings.
1. Freelancer communities
If you are a freelancer, it is important to belong to the freelance communities, as through them you can get more projects, recommendations and tips that are relevant to your experience and will advance you on your career path. You will be able to receive offers of cooperation from other community freelancers and you will feel more confident simply because you are surrounded by people who are doing the same thing as you are ready to discuss ideas or reject them.
Word of mouth and recommendations play an important role in freelance communities, that is, the more communities you belong to, the more they know about you. This greatly simplifies the process of finding the right job for you. The good news is that most of these communities are not closed, groups. They often have a website where everyone is invited to join the community. In most cases, you just need to search carefully: skip the first page of Google search, filled with links to the Big Three and their ads, and find a group that suits your needs.
Feel free to join communities that target freelancers living in specific cities.
It is not worth mentioning that after weeks of quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us are beginning to realize that physical isolation can lead to a creative impasse. Freelance communities are also wonderful because you feel like a person in them, not a workforce, and you can build trusting relationships that will help you to be more productive and get inspired and enjoy the work you do. Take a look at these communities. Register or request an invitation if they match your niche.
2. Companies that work with freelancers and combine them
This is one of my favorite options. Certain companies work closely with freelancers or have products and services that help the freelance industry.
Such companies are equally loyal both to freelancers who work for them and to customers who pay them. They see them as partners, see people in them, maintain favorable and even long-term relationships between clients and freelancers.
This is a great option: you subscribe to the newsletter and receive daily or weekly freelance letters from reputable companies that are looking for employees, in most cases these are remote positions for working on a permanent basis.
Such services can be easily found by asking in the search engine “newsletter about remote work”. Don’t be limited to the first page of issue. Depending on your industry and the community’s SEO settings, the sites you need may appear on the 6th search page, but still they exist, and there are many of them.
4. Groups of graduates of freelance courses
This is another great source of support, projects, lifelong learning and collaboration. These groups are usually quite active, as the creator of the course shares a lot of useful content, and graduates know each other personally and in some cases even continue to see each other live.
If you are new to freelance, this is one of the best options for you. You gain new knowledge and recommendations, after which you can dive headlong into the sphere of freelancing, having the support of like-minded people.
And especially this season:
- Antiviral work for freelancers and small businesses: This Facebook group was created in March 2020 in response to the influence of COVID-19 on freelancers around the world with the name “freelancing network”. who support each other and share all the data and recommendations that only catch their eye.
Now you have four tools in your hands that will help you find more distance projects, keep in touch with friends and colleagues who are scattered around the world, but at the same time do the same thing as you.
In addition to all this, as a serious freelancer, you should actively develop your own website, as this will increase the trust of your customers and bring worthy customers.
Frequent posts on your own blog or on Medium are also a good way to get industry attention.
The freelance world is still full of novelty. We are the generation that forms the digital freelance culture. You, me, the Big Three, and all the small communities that contribute.
I wish you the best of luck in your search for freelancing and remote work, which are truly fun and paid accordingly.f