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Need extra-cash? The art of freelance work

Updated on May 27, 2012
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Do you need some extra money? Do you have some time on your hands? Why not give freelancing a try?

There's lots of ways to earn money on the internet: from blogging to selling stuff, but today I'm going to focus on Freelancing.

Are you good in translatting, do you master photoshop, are you an expert on php, can you make someone else's CV really stand out from the crowd?

These are only a few options where you can make some money freelancing.



What's a freelancer?

A freelancer is somebody who's self-employed and is not committed to a particular employer on a long term basis.

The term was first used by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) in Ivanhoe to describe a medieval mercenary warrior or "free-lance" (indicating that the lance is not sworn to any lord's services, not that the lance is available free of charge). It changed to a figurative noun around the 1860's and was recognized as a verb in 1903 by authorities in etymology such as the Oxford English Dictionary.

Only in modern times has the term morphed from a noun (a freelance) into an adjective (a freelance photographer), a verb (a photographer who freelances) and and adverb (he worked freelance), as well as into the noun "freelancer".

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Say "Hello World"!

Nowadays, thanks to the Internet, freelancer can work with companies/persons all over the world!

Just imagine this scenario: Sarah, an Australian Mum, who's at home taking care of her children, decides that she wants to put up a webpage to sell her cookies, which their sons and friends love. Lacking the technical skills for that, she goes online and puts an ad asking for someone to do it...

Somewhere in Island, John Doe, a school teacher looking for some extra money, sees the ad. On the past year, he has put up his blog online and helped some friends do theirs. So he sent a message to Sarah saying that he will do it for 150$.

Sarah looks at the Jonh's blog and decided to go for it. A few weeks later Sarah has her blog online and John has an extra 150$ on his account.

This is what the Internet allow us to do today! From the confort of our house, setting our own working hours, we can work for people anywhere in the world!

Benefits of being a freelancer

Being a freelancer has lots of benefits, I'm going to state a few.

You can set your own working hours. If you are working full time, you can do some freelance work at night or at the weekends. If you work part-time in the afternoon, freelance in the morning. Are you on vacations but staying at home? Why not take use that time to earn a few extra bucks?

Usually, as a freelancer, you work from the confort of your home! And this can be great, and if you ever get tired of being at home, why not go to a park with your laptop and work as you enjoy the sunshine on your face?

The work you do can be added to your portfolio! This way you're earning some extra money and building up your curriculum at the same time.

Earn money with your hobbies! I know lots of people who freelance on their hobbies, programmers who photograph weddings at weekend, Teachers who sell cakes, etc.

And there're several more benefits, I think it's easy to see that.


Drawback

The biggest drawback is the lack of continuous work and thus income. It's not certain that you'll earn money or get jobs, so it's difficult to live only by freelancing.

Although there's lots of people who do it!

Another drawback is the discipline and organization you require to be a freelancer. If you only have two hours per day to do the job, you have to be very focused on that and take advantage of every second on your hand.

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    • lbramos profile imageAUTHOR

      Luis Bivar Ramos 

      6 years ago from Porto, Portugal

      Thank you :) I'll try to keep my hubs useful :)

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ibramos, the internet is a bit of a mine field and your article gives great starting points for freelancing and some good advice, thank you, voting up and bookmarking

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