THE BENEFITS OF THE CREATIVE FREELANCE GIG
This could be your ideal workplace
1. THE EASE OF WORKING
Whether you’re a recent graduate who loathes the cubicle atmosphere or a headhunter with a distaste for the office lifestyle, you are going to love the functions of a creative freelancer workspace. No need to deal with hectic meetings in cramped conference rooms or even the need to dress to the occasion. Most startup entrepreneurs consider the internet to be the biggest ally that almost makes working seem like a cake walk with its own set of freedoms and liberties. They say that you should dress up for the job you want and not the one you have. So why not dress up in what you find comfortable and relaxing.
Want to meet a client in your casual wear? No problem. Is your boss' verbal diatribe about deadlines making you envision murder? It’s a thing of the past. Office timings killing sleep and lunch time? Forget about it. Feeling more comfortable working from home or struck with a bed-ridden condition? No need to worry.
2. OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND WORK
Unlike the general life cycle of any educated person who ends up committing himself or herself entirely to a company or group, the very nature of freelancing provides its adherents with a much bigger oyster to explore and conquer. Instead of walking the walk and talking the corporate talk to reach the top, freelancers set many exciting milestones. They cater to not just one superior or head but to many more. The true beauty here being that your work is on display not just with the client you are working with but also several others.
Before publishing his seminal work ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’, Hunter.S.Thompson spent endless nights analyzing the writing styles of literary giants like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald to replicate the same works for TIME Magazine. But the articles proved to be such a rage that he became a regular for Rogue Magazine, The Nation, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Harper’s. He is just one of the several examples of those fine men and women who never let linearity deter their true potential.
3. COMPANIES DEMAND FRESH MINDS
Not in the post-apocalyptic sense that they crave minds, but they desperately yearn for fresh content. With content advertising becoming the holy grail for attracting and cementing the bonds of customer relations, content has to be churned out every day and it must be even more alluring than what it was yesterday.
While the seedy heavens don’t exactly burst pennies for creative freelancers but the number of companies in need of visual, audio and written content is rising almost to an exponential level. This concept of a shifting employment where freelancers offer their services to a wide array of groups is what keeps the wheels well greased and stable.
Over a certain timeline companies undergo a stunted growth in employee creativity backed by lethargy and fatigue, but the rails of creative wizards never come to an end. And with platforms like Up work, Elance, and Peopleperhour, both clients and freelancers enjoy endless choices on who to employ and who to work for.
This keeps the entire cycle of creativity and demand in control and brimming with opportunities. What is even better is that if a person's talents aren't acknowledged or appreciated by a particular client, they always find recognition by someone or somebody on the vast spaces of the internet.
5. THE DEATH OF OFFICE POLITICS
Any corporate fat cat would tell you about how the world of suits is no different from any battlefield. You’ve got them all. Gossipers, boot-lickers, kings, queens, headhunters and many more playing out their cards in a melting pot to get the top position, a shining letter of recommendation, their own parking space, a windowed office with a secretary and what not.
But enter the world of creative freelancers and you see a promising era of young minds who work to serve man and not ‘The Man’. There exists a much more amicable atmosphere in the micro-gig economy where the aim is to please customers and not to compete which often has disastrous consequences on the employee-employee morale.
The system of a class based work atmosphere is brought to an end and everyone is placed on the same forefront in terms of authority and position. There are deadlines to be met and expectations to be achieved but the need to reach to the top by being an apathetic back stabbing two faced employee is completely eliminated.
4. IT’S THE ECONOMY STUPID
Oversaturation kills oysters. And no we don’t mean excess salt but market oversaturation. Take the example of a village with hundred families with all the current children yet deciding what they wish to do in life.
Economics defines a perfect market being a market where the profit opportunities are always eliminated and at at one time there are many people searching for them. What's different about the creative freelance market is that the opportunities are always available and still the search for good content is always on point.
Now suppose that all of them decided to fill just one niche of the economy because their brother’s classmate’s sister’s friend told them that being a particular professional would entitle them to a huge salary plus benefits. The result. You’ve got an entire village of educated urchins now competing with each other for the same position.
Creative freelancing eliminates this by propagating the skills and qualities of potential employees globally, supported by social networking and the internet to keep the micro-gig economy afloat. It’s no secret that by another twenty years, forty percent of all graduates are expected to become a part of this industry. And since the proportions of freelancers are never concentrated in a single sector or global region, unemployment, both visible and invisible becomes a thing of the past.
6.GETTING MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK.
Scott Adams of Dilbert fame would be our best proponent to explain the death of the modern 9 to 5 worker. Time like a harsh mistress is rarely ever available for a person to fulfill all they wanted. But creative freelancers would say that they have all the time in the world.
Instead of spending hours with eyes glued to a computer monochrome or running blocks for a meeting, freelancers have all the time to partake in family activities, practice hobbies and unwind themselves. Not on does this substantiate their work-life balance but also keeps them safe from many of the repetitive stress disorders exhibited by office employees.
The working atmosphere at the moment has produced a generation of cubicle cyborgs who feel completely flustered with the work that they have at end. The ambition to excel and improve is only limited to the work life since there is no time to indulge in extra activities.
In the end it's all about being the employee who is at the top of his/her game when it comes to content and how it is delivered. The possibilities of a person's artwork, article, photo, graphic design and whatnot reaching momentum on the internet is exorbitant. And to finally close up with Bill Gates' golden words- "CONTENT IS KING".