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					Essentials in freelancing

With the costs of living going on the upside and regular pay no longer
enough to make both ends meet, it is no wonder that people look for other
means of paying for the day to day expenses. One of the alternative that
people turn to when they need extra cash is freelancing.

Unlike other sidelines, freelancing allows you to do the work that you
have already been doing. This means that while you are working on the
side, you are able to practice the things that you are equipped to do.

Often, people who freelance on the side are in careers that are creative
in nature. Examples of these are writers, photographers, web designers,
graphic designers and a whole lot more. These people use their creativity
to think of new concepts and then produce them into something concrete.
Another plus why people in the creative business are the ones who usually
do freelancing is the time.

Freelancing do not have any prescribed hours. Unlike other sidelines like
doing part time work in the local mall or doing several hours at the
McDonald’s store, freelancing work ends when you finish the work. The
hours that you work will actually be dictated by you, on how fast you can
finish the job or how often you will be doing it.

Most people who do freelance accept work per project basis. A specific
period of time will be given to the freelancer to finish one project. The
shorter the time period, the better or higher will be the pay. It is then
up to the freelancer to manage or budget his time. The freedom in time is
also the reason why people who do freelancing can still hold their
regular jobs if they want to. This is of course if there are no conflicts
with the jobs and ethical considerations have been met.

Although it is not really a bad thing to do freelance work while holding
a regular job, it is still best to avoid this unless freelancing is
already an established profession within your profession. For instance,
writers in major publications and newspapers are allowed to write for
other publications provided that the publication is not a direct
competitor of the company they are working for. The same goes with
graphic design. Others who already have contacts do a referral system
wherein they do not actually do the job but find someone who can do the
job and get a percentage for it.

There are many freelancing opportunities that are available in the
country. The birth of the Internet has actually widened the scope and
reach of mass media, allowing freelancing work to double and even triple.
Writers, for instance, have become very much in demand because of the
need for online content updating. Writers now are hired on a freelance
basis to write articles on the site to boost readership.

Photographers are also given more range through sites that sell generic
photos. These photographers sell their stuff over the internet for a
minimal fee. Of course, websites also require freelance photographers to
provide them with photos for the articles that they are featuring.
The same goes with web designers who are hired to update websites and
other contents on the internet.

The internet has also given more freedom for freelancers in terms of
time. Because data can now be transferred over the internet, more and
more freelancers send their projects through these avenues. They no
longer have to personally submit their works.

				
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