A Day in the Life of a #Freelancer

Don’t want to commit to a particular employer and kind of “float” around? Maybe, life as a Freelancer would work for you! What’s a Freelancer?

A Freelancer is defined as:

A person who is self-employed and not necessarily committed to a particular employer long-term. An “Independent Contractor” who sells freelance labor to clients, works independently, or one who uses associations or websites to obtain work.”

FreelancersUnion.org estimates that 53 Million Americans are doing Freelance work. That’s approximately 34% of today’s workforce. Why are there so many?

  1. Technology makes it very easy for Freelancers to offer services.
  2. Some turn to Freelancing to financially cushion their full-time jobs.
  3. Finding work in Corporate America is becoming increasingly more difficult.
  4. People love the freedom of being their own boss and working around their lifestyle.

But I really don’t want to elaborate on the “Why”. Today I want to visually show you the Life of a Freelancer.

The Breakdown

Being a Freelancer can be very challenging. Some ask me as to why I am pursuing a career in Freelancing. Simply put, I want to be my own boss. I know what lies ahead for me, as someone who is just starting out on her own, is going difficult but rewarding in the end.

Rome wasn’t built in a day.

The benefits of Freelancing, in my opinion, outweigh the obstacles and the demands to get there.

Let’s talk a look at this Infographic below, The Beauty and Madness of Freelancing.

http://visual.ly/track.php?q=http://visual.ly/beauty-and-madness-freelancing&slug=beauty-and-madness-freelancingThe Beauty and Madness of Freelancing

Despite the numerous people in America or outlying Countries that are offering Freelance Services, if it is your passion, your dream, pursue it and make it happen. There are many variables and tasks that incorporate Freelancing as a whole. Find your niche and work it!

Over to you

If you are a Freelancer, how long have you been doing it? Did it take you long to find your special niche? If you are contemplating becoming a Freelancer, for whatever reason, are you up for the challenge?

I’d love to hear from you.

24 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a #Freelancer

  1. Bren, that infographic is the best. ^^
    I started this journey back when my first son was born. I didn’t really call it freelancing though. I altered between working with a temp. agency and trying to find something to work from home. It was definitely a journey.
    Now, I’ve found what I’m good at, what people who are attracted to me want, and together we’re making this freelance thing work.
    I can’t wait for you “I quit my day job” post. ^
    ^

  2. Thanks for giving us a glimpse Brenda!

    I love your infographic BTW, it’s very informative.

    And the really great thing about a temporarily rocky economy,
    it opens the door to the savvy freelancers such as yourself!

    Thanks reminding us of what’s possible!

    1. Hi Mark,

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you like the infographic. I thought it was perfect!

      You’re right in saying being a Freelancer can open doors for those who lost a job, are looking to supplement their income, or are looking to leave Corporate America behind and work from home. Thank goodness for the world wide web!

      I appreciate you sharing with us again. I hope you are having a great weekend.

      Brenda

  3. I am looking for freelancing jobs or independent contractor jobs for the reasons that you listed. I want to work 100% from home or at 80% from home when I get a car. I love the flexibility that it provides. Some days I do not want to work or some I cannot work for whatever reason. I plan on moving in the future and starting a family. I see from the example of an older cousin of mines that several workplaces do not be understanding when you have to leave work early or cannot come to work some days to deal when you have infants or some children who are in daycare, pre-school; etc. She have got fired many times because of that. I do not want that to be me. I would rather have flexible jobs such as freelance jobs and independent contractor jobs and pay for my own health insurance; etc. on the side. It is all worth it. By the way, how did you get started working as a social media manager & virtual assistant and start your own website? I am interested in doing the same thing.

    1. Hi Kandy,

      I can agree when you have children or other priorities that may make you leave a Corporate office. Some employers are lenient and, as you know, others aren’t. I think some can be lenient but if “abused” then may take action against the employee. I hope that you find a way to make money as a Freelancer so you don’t run into any issues.

      As for what I do, I am simply just a Freelancer for now. I work full-time outside of the home so for now, I don’t have a lot of time to Freelance full-time. I pick up odd jobs, mostly social media or blog content to hold me over for now. I’m taking baby steps so that I can build my business and eventually work-at-home full-time.

      Anyone can start a website and they aren’t that difficult to do. You could start by reading my Blogging 101 series. As for my website, once I obtained my business license, I built my site and here I am.

      It’s great to talk to you and if you need anything, please contact me. Thanks for responding.

      Brenda

    1. Hi Christina,

      I’m glad you jumped into the freedom of being your own boss! How is your business growing? Are you using social media to help you?

      Brenda

  4. Hey Brenda,

    I don’t blame anyone who decides to become a freelancer. I think it’s a smart way to go actually due to all the jobs that are being downsized and companies that are going bankrupt today. So many of these positions that are being eliminated are being replaced by freelancers/contract workers. The companies can save a lot of money going this route so why not be that valuable person they need.

    This is really a cool infographic depicting all the advantages to getting into freelancing. I know so many people who are doing extremely well in this area too.

    Glad you’ve decided to join them and I wish you the very best moving forward.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Hi Adrienne,

      Thank you for stopping by my new site!

      As you well know, the world of Freelancers is steadily growing because people are losing their jobs, more people are staying home with their children due to expensive childcare rates, and simply because many want the freedom to work various schedules.

      With the every growing freelance world, competition can be really stiff depending on which niche of the freelancing world you choose to partake in. I know you have down fabulous with your business my friend, and you truly are and idol for those who want to succeed at being their own boss.

      Thank you for sharing with us. It’s always a pleasure.

      N

  5. i might not be a 100% freelancer as I have a dedicated client but yes… telecommuting had really brought out the best in me and I have utilized my full potential. I am happy that my client became my family and we do have a very close relationship… 🙂

    1. Hello Francis,

      I’m happy to hear you have a dedicated client. I think there are many freelancers that would prefer that over short-term jobs. I wish you much success in your career!

      Thank you for taking the time to share with us.

      Brenda

  6. Great infographic Bren!

    I didn’t realize more Seniors are freelancing…if they’re doing it because they want to keep busy, it’s awesome. But if they have to do it because they need the income, ugh, that sucks for them.

    I for one am loving the freelance life. Sure I’m probably working harder than I did when I was working in an office but this is my baby and I answer to no one. 😉

    I did take me while to find my niche but I loved the learning process. 🙂

    Great post Bren. Definitely sharing this one! Hope you’re having a great day!

    Cori

    1. Hi Cori,

      Amazing, isn’t it? I’m wanting to freelance for a few reasons but mainly because I simply want out of Corporate America. There is no room for me there and the longer I stay, the more miserable I get. I know I can make it happen, but it will take time to find my special niche. I’m currently loving the aspect of Blog Content Writing and of course, my love of working with Genesis Framework and graphics. However, I’m definitely not opposed to the administrative aspect of freelancing as well. I am going to focus a bit locally first.

      I’m glad you found your niche, my friend. The good thing about freelancing definitely is being your own boss.

      Thank you for stopping by to share with us, Cori. I hope you’re enjoying the day after your birthday!

      Brenda

  7. Hi Brenda,

    Love that infographic you have shared here. With the way things are in our economy there are many seniors working freelance. The days of retiring to Boca in Florida and playing shuffle board are gone.

    For young moms, it is also a great way to pull in income. And all of us in between….indeed, working from home is complicated and takes a lot of dedication, but we can construct our days as we want.

    I’ve been running my own businesses for 3 decades (yep…that’s how old I am lol) But staying up with the times, and being on the leading edge of things is so addicting. I’m dedicated to what I do, but when I feel like writing a day off for myself I can. That’s the beauty of it.

    -Donna

    1. Hi Donna,

      I was surprised at the amount of seniors that are now doing freelance work. I guess when I think “senior”, I think of grandma and grandpa sitting back in the rocker just staring out at the world. It’s amazing that so many are keeping up with technology to be able too. Now personally, I don’t think there is anything wrong with retiring to Boca Raton and doing freelance because when I retire and start RV’ing across the states, I’m depending on freelancing as an extra source of income.

      As for moms, oh yes indeed! This is a fabulous way to save on child care and watch your children grow. As someone who doesn’t have children, but has two furchildren, I would love to be able to stay home all day, make money, and take breaks in between to be with my beloveds. This is my goal, my friend.

      I’m glad to hear you’ve been working freelance for 3 decades and, might I add, have made a very reputable business during this time. I will you many more decades my dear friend. Who knows, maybe in my RV travels I’ll work my way north and see your beautiful smile first-hand.

      Thanks for stopping by to share, Donna. It’s always a pleasure.

      Brenda

  8. Hi, Brenda

    Glad that you gave so detailed account of free-lancer market place. In addition as side incomes of professionals, they are important income for seniors. For many people, the benefit of free lancing is outweigh the challenge and obstacles.

    Thanks for reference of fourerr.com so that we can research more.

    Have a fantastic week ahead., Brenda
    – Stella

    1. Hi Stella,

      I wish I could take credit for the Infographic, but I cannot. I thought that is expressed the life of a Freelancer so perfectly that I just had to share it. The life of a Freelancer can have its ups ad downs, but I am ready for that challenge.

      Thanks for stopping by and connecting with me.

      Brenda

  9. I love the infographic! This is really a great post. I hope to one day be a freelancer, but I’ve got a long way to go. I’m OK with that since the kids are still home with me. Once they are all in school, it will be easier to focus.

    1. Hi Shann and Thank You!

      Enjoy your time with the little ones while you can. If Freelance is your passion, set your goals and pursue it when you ready.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. You’re the very first! 🙂

      B

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