A freelancer is someone who is an independent contractor that bids for one or many jobs and gets paid per project. Instead of having a regular salary from one employer, a freelancer can have several different clients at the same time depending on the size of the project.
The most well known model of freelancing is the one you see on popular sites like Upwork.com , Guru.com etc. Clients list the project they need help with and freelancers bid on the project.
I love hearing about entrepreneurs who have succeeded in creating something out of nothing. Except that most of them didn´t really start out with nothing. When you did a little deeper they had financial help, or family support, or lived in the right place, knew the right people etc. I don´t want to take away from what they achieved, but I do want to highlight the fact that there millions of people throughout the world without access to those resources, who are suffering.
No, this is not a story about excuses for not making it big in the real world. This is a story about the fact that the world economy is changing and the world is not adapting to help those left behind. Let me correct that. It is not letting them help themselves.
Life used to be so much simpler. Not easier, simpler. You were a worker, or you were a boss. Some made the jump from the bottom to the top, but the lines were more clearly drawn then. Nowadays, with the growing liberation of women, the widespread use of the internet, and access to international markets, everyone has a chance to move up. Except that the majority trying to make the move from employee to employer or entrepreneur will get lost somewhere in the middle.
Finding ways to make money from home seems to be a complete mystery to most people. When I mention it as an alternative they look at me like I am an alien. I find their willingness to go through life miserable for eight hours a day just as strange!
While I was out for a walk with the dog this morning, I got a visual example of the problem. It reminded me why some people will never stray off the traditional route, no matter how unhappy they are. Because they follow the same path, regardless of the circumstances.
Where I walk the dog, you get to a certain area where you have two choices:
Take the paved, ´safe´ route around the urbanisation.
When you find it hard to stick to one thing. When you are easily bored by the school to grave job track. When you don´t want to ´be sensible´, people around you often act as if you have lost your mind! However, there are those of us who were just not meant to fit into one narrow lane in life.
I have a long list of jobs that I have tried over the years, falling into one thing or another depending on location and desperation. Impulsive, restless, indecisive and unrealistic are just some of the adjectives used to describe me, which is why I was delighted when I saw the video below by Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power and other books.
Many people who come to this site will, like me, be ´scanners´, a Barbara Sher term for those of us who are good at many things, have lots of different interests and find it hard to settle on one thing. So this video should let you know that you are not alone, that you can be successful at any stage of life, and that all of your experiences are valuable.