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Start a Freelance Business if Tired of Working for Others
In one of the blog posts I wrote about how top bloggers make money online, I mentioned freelancing as one of their income sources. When one of my followers read it, she wrote to me an email of appreciation because this article gave her a lot of food for thought about starting a freelance business.
She didn’t know where and how to start a freelance business. After searching around the internet, she landed on a helpful guide to starting a freelancing career thanks to the inspiration she got from my article. She generously suggested to me to add it to our website for the benefit of people like her, who want to start a freelance business but feel a bit lost because they don’t know where to begin. I therefore dedicate this post to Paola Mesber for inspiring me too to write this article.
IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HAVE THIS FREE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO STARTING A FREELANCING CAREER, READ THIS ARTICLE TO THE END.
What is a Freelance Business?
Before going far, let’s first understand what freelancing is all about. What is freelancing? And how does it work? What does a freelancer do? Well, most people when they finish their studies, they look for a job in government, NGOs or private companies. With this kind of job, you are having a traditional career where you work for others to earn a salary.
Freelancing is a different way of working. Instead of working for a company in one specific job, freelancers employ themselves. They’re self-employed and get work through a variety of sources. They look for clients who hire them to offer a service or complete a project. This means that they can have several projects at any one time for different customers. They’re skilled people each in their own field of expertise.
A freelance business is therefore a business where you work on a self-employed basis. It requires skills in a specific field. You can run your freelance business offline. But establishing your online presence is more effective and rewarding. If you have a skill and you don’t have a job or tired of working for others, it could be a better option to think starting a freelance business.
Freelance Business vs Working for Others
I am a strong advocate for self-employment as opposed to holding on a traditional career. Why? Below are my reasons. Click on each tab to read them.
Meaningful Employment Isn’t Easy Nowadays
In a country like Uganda, where the job market is limited to a handful of people, thinking employing yourself is better. With the skills you have you cannot fail to find something to do to employ yourself. Become a bit serious and start a freelance business.
Having No Control Is Hectic
There is nothing as good as being your own boss. As an employee, you have little control over what happens on your job. For instance, you have no say or little say in the following:
- Picking workmates – you don’t have control over who to recruit to work with you. Your employer decides when and who to bring. Even when you feel overwhelmed with the work and need another person, it can only work if your employer agrees.
- Retirement plan – you have no control over which retirement plan is good for you. Your retirement plan is what they tell you it will be. Whether it’s good or bad, you don’t have your own input. Even when it comes to how to invest your money, you have no control over it.
- Taking time off – you have less say about when you take time off and how much can take. Most employers want to see you working because when you’re on leave, you’re not making them any money. I know many employees who don’t take leave for fear of losing their jobs. And it has happened, in a government institution I will not mention, someone went for a vacation and the person they brought to temporarily step in refused to leave the place when the office bearer returned from leave.
In one of the places I once worked, yes, I could take a 31-calendar vacation in year. But many times, the employer had much say on when to take it. Secondly, the employer could tell you to break it down into two weeks so that you take 2 weeks in January and 2 weeks in December. And this is when they know there is little demanding work.
- Salary – you don’t decide on the salary to earn. And you can work for long without any salary increment. If it’s there, it’s only peanuts. I remember an organisation where they used to give us an annual increment of 5% just to cater for inflation. Even if they give you a bigger salary, it only keeps a slave to your employer because you dance to their tune.
Being Fired Any Time Worries Many Employees
Yes, you’re employed but working at their mercy. Your employers can immediately terminate you if they feel you’re not doing what they want. Even if they like you and really appreciate your work, situations change. When situations change, they may lead to termination of your services. You have a job today; tomorrow you may not have it. This is why you should consider starting a freelance business to run alongside your job.
Tax Laws Aren’t Favorable To Employees
The tax laws are not at all in any favor of the employee but the employer. The employer passes on the tax burden to the employee in form of PAYE.
Which Freelance Niche Can You Venture Into?
There many freelance business opportunities around the world. If you think becoming a freelancer, I have identified a relatively comprehensive resource from which you cannot fail to identify one. Even if you don’t see one suitable for you, the list will obviously inspire you to think faster and, hopefully, help you to make your niche discovery.
If you seriously want to become a freelancer but don’t know where to begin, Forbes has a long list of freelance business ideas that you can learn by clicking on the image below. Anything on that page, including other related topics, is helpful. Take your time to read it all!
How do you start a Freelance Business? – Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Freelance.
You may have a great freelance business idea, but you don’t know where to begin from. As I promised you in the beginning, Paola Mesber came across a comprehensive guide. And I would like to share it with you. Hopefully, you will easily find your way to starting your own freelance business. This guide is by Bethenny Carl, a digital marketer. Click on the image below and take your time to read it to the end.
Getting into self-employment is good and has numerous benefits. Freelancing is one of the great ways to get into self-employment even when you have a full-time job. There are many freelance business opportunities around the world. If you really want to become a successful freelancer and didn’t know where to start from, read the two useful resources I have share with you above. You will a deeper understanding of which niche to venture into and how to go about it.
Secondly, make sure that you establish your freelance business online because if you don’t have a website, people may easily find you.
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Hello! My name is Charles Kiyimba, a creative engraver, a professional teacher, a passionate blogger, a self-made graphic / web designer and the founder of Goleza Designers Ltd, an engraving business that turns images into real products. Through my hands-on experience, I share with you free helpful information on our products and services, business, marketing and personal development. Always dive in for more!
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