Why Your Job is Not for You
“I had to write a lot more than I was comfortable doing in order to earn a living.”
-Jennifer Bekker, freelance lawyer who has worked in the fields of entertainment, film, and design.
“I was working full time and making money on a lot of projects that were a total waste of my time.”
-Krista Gildersleeve, freelance web designer who has written articles for publications such as Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and more.
The Huffington Post recently reported on the number of freelance writers who are freelancers, which rose to almost 9% in 2013, a number that has since leveled off.
According to the Pew Research Center, the number is on track to be even higher in the future.
However, this is because there is a lack of knowledge among the younger generation, who are increasingly working part-time for a variety of reasons.
The lack of job-related knowledge may not be the biggest issue for some, but many freelancers feel it’s not something they are fully equipped to deal with, and are afraid of the unknown.
Freelance is about more than just earning a living, says Jennifer Bekkers blog.
She is also an author, speaker, and advocate, and her blog posts about the issues she deals with every day.
She’s a self-proclaimed “freelancer whisperer” who has helped people find and connect with freelancers who are willing to help them in a variety and interesting ways.
Bekkers and her partner, Krista Gilda, both have freelance clients, but they find it a challenge to get them to sign on for the whole project, because of the amount of work they have to do to get their clients to commit.
“A lot of the time I have to get people to sign a contract or commit to something, or they just don’t feel like signing up for a project,” she explains.
One of the hardest aspects of freelancer relationships is finding clients, says Bekrs blog.
While it may seem like it’s easy to find a client for an idea or a project, there is always the risk of a client rejecting you or getting bored with you, Bekks says.
For Bekers and Gilder, finding clients was a constant struggle.
“There’s a lot going on in their lives and it’s hard to find the right person to work with,” she says.
They also worry about losing their clients, which can be a stressful time.
“I was trying to figure out if I should sign up for this project or not,” she recalls.
So, how can you find the perfect freelancer?
There are so many factors to consider when it comes to finding the right freelancer.
You should look for someone who is willing to work hard for you, who is going to get things done and will be there for you.
If you’re looking for someone willing to be your partner and provide value to your business, then you’ll want someone who has an understanding of the freelancing industry, who has been working in it for a long time, and who knows their way around the internet.
You should also consider the size of your project and the amount you need to cover in your budget.
“If you have a small budget, and you have something you want to do, you’ll be able to work out a better budget,” says Gilds blog.
In terms of finding freelancers in your niche, there are a few things to keep in mind.
“You want to find someone who’s willing to tackle a project that you have no idea how to finish, so you can get more work done,” says Beker.
And of course, if you have specific questions about freelancing or freelancing-related issues, you can contact an experienced freelancer, such as Jennifer Beker, Kristy Gildes, or Jennifer B. Gilderman.
Follow her on Twitter at @JenniferBekker_ and follow her blog at www.jenniferbekker.com.