While you may have considered full time freelancing or consulting, in the past – but nothing came together – with the ‘new normal’ brought about by the coronavirus pandemic – believe it or not, this may be an excellent time to begin freelancing. Not to mention it could open new job doors for you.
It may come as a shock to some, but for nearly a decade American workers have been opting to work as freelancers – independent individuals who prefer working for a variety of different companies, performing unique tasks, projects and jobs which better fit their skills and expertise.
Here’s just a few of the reasons companies and brands have been regularly searching for freelancers, independents and consultants long before the virus:
For the freelancer this can mean getting hired in 24-48 hours instead of months. You’re not stuck in a long, arduous application and interview process. When a company posts a job, they want to hire now!
On the other hand, while it’s currently slower, entrepreneurial and startups are once again popping up – looking to hire creatives to help develop and distribute new products and services, for example. Creating the need to hire fast.
It’s no secret –
Since the Coronavirus infiltrated our lives companies have been laying workers off; many of which may never be rehired. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have been eliminated; yet much of that work still must be completed. With companies losing money, daily, they’re heading to freelance sites to hire individuals to complete projects. As a freelancer this means if you have the skills and expertise needed you may consistently work for the same company although may not be hired full time. But – as it were – you’d be on-call.
With the slow and steady rising necessity of immediate talent hiring, the ‘Gig Economy’ became established long before the recent pandemic forced nearly everyone to work at home. Recent reports from Pew and Forrester Research and the Delolitte-Touche Agency, among many, agree this is clearly what’s been happening.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed many things including the way we work. Meaning the freelance stigma has slowly been eliminated.
This shift to working at home, for the foreseeable future, is signaling a growing shift in certain industries toward remote working. A change which could become permanent. That said – through experiencing this work-at-home situation, you may decide on full-time freelancing.
While the company you’ve been working for may keep you employed, working at home, you also have the opportunity to pick up side jobs. Or choose to work full time as a freelancer. To do this, it’s best to sign up for several freelance marketplaces. There are dozens. For example – Indeed, Upwork, Freelancer, Guru, PeoplePerHour.
Once you sign up (it’s a minimal monthly fee) – you must set up a Profile – consider your profile as an introduction, resume, and personal marketing brochure rolled into one.
Says Upwork – Your profile:
* Must be complete
Your Profile page should also include – when available – comments from past clients and/or a boss and several recommendations, for example. In short, you should include all the pertinent info you want a visitor, potential clients and hiring pros to view the moment they land on your profile page – similar to your LinkedIn page.
If you are interested in joining the freelance industry, here’s
4 Profile Writing Tips to help you get started:
If you decide working from home suits you, and the work you do, use your freelance profile to showcase your skills and talents to help the right people, and opportunities, find their way to your freelance profile door.