Freelancing has been growing in popularity over the years, with more and more professionals making their profiles on sites such as Upwork and Fiverr. Part of the reason for the popularity of sites like these is due to increasing competition in job markets around the world, many professionals, especially recent graduates, find it difficult to secure full-time jobs that pay well. This was increasingly the case when the pandemic hit and companies had to cut down on staff to survive. Freelancing became a popular alternative, as a result. Since you did not need companies and job titles to earn a buck, you simply needed your own skills and talents, and the ability to get the work done, to earn a buck.
The most popular question out there when it comes to freelancing is: is it a viable alternative to a “regular” job? There is no clear-cut answer for this. It depends, really. On lots of things, but mainly on your goals, ambitions, and wants. Do you desire to be a professional at a fancy publishing house? Has it been your dream to work at a large company? Perhaps, a multinational one? If your answer is yes to either of these questions, then freelancing is not the one for you. However, if you desire to work on your own hours, decide your own schedule, and be your own boss, then freelancing is the one for you.
Freelancing comes with a lot of cons that many people are not aware of. Due to large numbers of people with the same skills, it is important that you find a niche and distinguish yourself. This helps escape the problem of being underpaid on freelancing sites. Moreover, you need to learn how to market yourself well. While this is also essential during interviews at jobs, in freelancing you have to repeatedly do this each time you apply for a new task.