The way things have been done in the past means nothing in today’s age. Becoming an adult during a global pandemic requires us to do things differently. I must remind myself to be patient and flexible and that the path that most follow is not the only path.
No two days are alike. The traditional work world offers a predictable routine, from the daily commute to the awkward Monday morning staff meetings. The freelancer’s workday has a different feel that you will get used to. Time is now in your hands and it’s up to you to make the most of it. If you want to start your day at 6:30 a.m. and take a workout break at 10 a.m., you can.
Graduating from college in the middle of a pandemic is far from ideal. With the United States unemployment rates above 10%, securing a full-time position or a summer internship is extremely difficult. In May, many companies were making layoffs and definitely not looking to hire a college student with little professional experience.
I find I need a certain amount of order around me to be productive. I’m not extraordinarily neat or fastidious (wish it were so) but, still, I can’t operate surrounded by visual and auditory chaos. At the same time, even more crucially, I need to be comfortable. I need a good chair, a good caffeinated beverage, and for most types of writing or editing work, I need some good background music that’s just interesting enough while at the same time not being too distracting. This is my “must-have” home office list.
While there are numerous advantages to working as a freelancer, one of the biggest disadvantages is not having certain financial accounts set up for you automatically — most employers give full-time employees a retirement fund, as well as other savings types of accounts. Of course, you can absolutely set these accounts up for yourself as a freelancer, you just have to have the motivation (and knowledge) to get started.
For a lot of self-employed individuals and freelancers, the cost of insurance can feel like a lot, especially since it’s coming directly out of your own pocket. Of course, the cost of not having insurance can be equally as high (if not significantly more). Insurance, whether home, auto, or health, ensures that you’re protected, especially in the case of emergencies and unforeseen disasters.
Facing job loss at the time of a pandemic is nothing anyone would embrace, and it’s possibly one of the most difficult challenges of your adult life, but you still have options. You could seek another job in your industry, a position suited to your unique skill set. In a strong jobs climate, this wouldn’t seem as much of a gamble as it does right now. Because, with the job market uncertain, what if you don’t find something right away, this month, or even this year?
There’s a big difference between someone who freelances and someone who makes a living as a freelancer. In order to find yourself in the latter group, there are a few things you should start doing today. Becoming a professional freelancer isn’t difficult, especially when you have the skills necessary to deliver outstanding work. However, in order to become truly successful you have to commit to what you’re doing, which means showing up day after day and following the advice of other successful freelancers.
One of the major reasons freelancers tend to find more success on CareerGig than other freelance platforms is that CareerGig works with freelancers, making sure they’re finding gigs that match the skills and expertise they bring to the table. One of the ways CareerGig does this is by leveraging skills assessments in a variety of areas.