The memories of the day when I learned of this new opportunity called “Freelancing” is still vividly recorded in my mind.
I was still employed during that time, but there was a growing sense of discontentment inside me with regards to my career.
Because of this, I was seriously considering whether I should continue with my job or just tender my resignation.
There a lot of reasons that I could think of why I wanted to resign, but just like most employees, there are also many questions and considerations that were bothering me and at the same time kept me from leaving my unsatisfying life in the office.
In the midst of my frustrations, I came across an article on the web where the writer is telling of this opportunity to earn a serious amount of money online. And the best part is that you can do it while working from the comfort of your own house.
I was hooked! If that is true…
“Man, I can fire my boss! I can leave this dead end job and have more time with the things I really want to do!”
I was curious, and as I read through the article, I learned that the writer is talking about Freelancing.
“What the hell is Freelancing?” I said to myself.
I did some research and found out what Freelancing is and how it works.
And off I go!
I immediately created a profile in one of the Freelancing platforms mentioned in the post, and then without any hint of hesitation, I started applying to jobs.
“What will I lose? There’s no harm in trying, right?”
But after sending several bids and proposals to different projects that I see on the platform, I realized that something was amiss.
“Where are the high paying jobs?”
“Where are the different clients who might be interested in my skills?”
“Where is that serious money that the writer of the article talks about?”
Then, it hit me. “Man, I don’t know anything about Freelancing!”
There are a lot of people who are jumping on the Freelance bandwagon without really knowing what Freelancing is all about.
Well, who can blame them? Maybe, just like me, they are desperate to find something – an opportunity, a chance, a miracle – that can turn their life around.
Perhaps, they sincerely desire to leave their jobs so they can spend more time with their family.
Or maybe, they just want to escape the stress of the Metro and leave their job that is slowly eating them.
There’s nothing wrong with that. But what pains me the most is to see people who are leaving their jobs in the corporate world, without really knowing what’s waiting for them on the other side of the Freelancing spectrum. Let me call it the dark side of Freelancing.
I sincerely want to help those people.
Yes, I’m still not in the place where I want to go, but Freelancing has given me a huge jumpstart!
To help you, here are some hidden truths about Freelancing that you can consider while building up your career.
1. It is not easy to become a Freelancer
I see a lot of people who are trying to become a Freelancer --
and man, how excited they are -- only to find themselves giving up after a couple of rejections.
I don’t know, but it seems that they think that Freelancing is easy and money will just magically appear from thin air without doing anything.
If this is true, then you won’t see any employees right now.
Everyone must be in front of their computers, sitting comfy in their house while wearing nothing and browsing the net like crazy.
No. That’s not Freelancing, that’s Free-dreaming.
If you are considering to become a Freelancer, then expect it to be difficult and challenging.
2. There are people out there who want to get your money
They are called “scammers.”
I won't go into detail, but here are some ideas that will help you in identifying if a project is a scam and you possibly talking to a scammer.
· If the client asks for an ‘unreasonable’ free work. What’s unreasonable? Well, something that constitutes a whole project – that is.
· When the offer is too good to be true, then it is. Don't entertain it. Again, don't entertain it even if you will earn millions doing copy/paste jobs.
· If the job is illegal, like hacking and phishing, then you can’t also trust the client who is asking you to do it.
· When it’s asking money from you, it’s a scam.
3. Freelancing will consume your time
Like your job in the office right now, Freelancing will also consume your time.
My friend, Freelancing is still a job, a career, a business.
You don’t come in here and say, “Hey. I want to make money while just watching TV.”
But what’s good in Freelancing is that you actually holds your time.
I'm speaking about those true blue Freelancers who are being paid per project and are not remotely employed.
You work when you want to work. You rest when you want to rest. And as long as you get the job done according to what the client wants, you're good!
4. You might be rejected over and over again
“Hell, no. Are you saying that my precious ego will be ripped off to pieces?”
What are you, stupid? I didn’t say that!
But there is a small possibility… Alright, no, there is a great possibility it will happen.
Freelancing is a game of rejection. And it is better that you find this out early on so you won’t have unrealistic expectations.
If you are the chosen 0.01%, then good for you. You’re a rare Pokémon.
But for the majority of new Freelancers, don’t get discouraged when you get rejected. That’s all part of the game.
And the ability to handle failures and rejections well are what separates the successful Freelancers from those egoistic individuals who will just return to their safe rabbit holes to nurse their wounded pride.
5. If you are not wise, you will be overworked and underpaid
My friend, here’s the thing.
The money that you will be making in Freelancing is entirely dependent on you.
Yes, what you have just read is right.
It always fascinates me to see that there are people who earn $3 per hour in their work, while there are those who are making six-digit income per month.
Isn’t it surprising?
That’s the essence of this point. If you won’t be wise enough to learn new skills, find great gigs, and connect with the right people, then you are bound to stay where you want to stay.
It’s a complicated topic to cover so I won’t do it here. But for now, let me tell you this:
“The difference between the guy who makes a million every month and the guy who barely makes any for a month is one simple thing..."
Let me give you a clue – it is mindset.
Beware of the Dark Side!
So, there you have it. Things you need to know about Freelancing that no one might be telling you.
But beware. I didn’t share this to frighten the daylights out of you so you will be discouraged to start.
No, my reason is far from that.
I want you to be prepared.
I want you to be ready.
You know what I mean?
So, go out there and be a Freelancer.
Rom Rulida is a CPA, University professor, and an aspiring motivational speaker. He is the founder of Team Infopreneur, a website that aims to help individuals to leverage their knowledge and information in order to create a lifestyle that is truly rewarding. He believes that the best way to succeed is through continuous personal development and growth. He loves to read and to share what he learns through his blogs. Rom’s vision is to help every person that he meets to become the best version of themselves by discovering their purpose and unleashing their potentials.