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Freelance Myth Revealed

I this post I would like to share with you one idea.

I was once watched a totally Bmovie about a group of students in film school. Someone was picking them off one by one, the heroine got if off with a mysteriously rakish guy, yada yada yada.

And, when the killer was finally outed, who happened to be the student’steacher, the heroine furiously saidthose who cant do, teach!” before sending him to tell.

Too bad she was totally wrong.

Thats because freelancers who can teach can definitely do too. Some of the more successful freelancers Ive met are actually great teachers. They help their fellow contract workerscareers develop, and enjoy the profile associated with being an authority:

Helping Others Out

As a teacher, these freelancers freely (or not) share advice with others. They probably know the ins and outs of marketing, negotiation, and maximizing productivity. Aside from sharing unique ideas, perspectives, and insights, they also others avoid the mistakes by drawing on years of experience.

The fact that theyve worked at the job for a long time usually means theyre truly passionate about what they do, a very contagious emotion for willing recipients.

These freelancers also encourage the exchange of ideas crucial to the growth of any field, pushing it to improve. And anybody who can literally and figuratively afford to do that is successful in my book.

The Perks of Authority

An authoritative profile is very attractive to clients, publicists, other freelancers, and so many. Thats because people like to listen to what an authority has to say, approaching him rather than the other way around.

Its also human nature to want the best. Authority figures are usually experts in their fields, but this obsession with the best can also take a less practical form. A tremendously successful local photographer is a status symbol of sorts; society figures need to have pictures taken by him in order to be considered elite.

Those can can capture the ears of an audience means that he knows what hes talking about, or at least leaves the impression of his proficiency. Anyone who can pull this off is no doubt successful.

So if you find yourself fielding inquiries from people who want to learn from you, dont hesitate to take them. At the very least, youre helping someone else out, which is always a great thing. You also get to build a profile as an authority on the subject.

Things You Need to Know About Freelance Work

For the sixth theme day, well be talking about new beginnings, graduations, and anything this years recent graduates would find relevant. Check out Darlenes theme post to see what my colleagues have to say!

But before you do that, let me share my experiences over the previous year. Its just over a year since Ientered the world,” graduating last March, and began my career. As a fresh graduate, I decided to immediately freelance exclusively. Meaning I didnt even look for a job, since Id be working for myself. Unfortunately, turns out that wasnt the best move I made.

Thing started out well enough. I started making some computer models for a realestate company, was able to land a regular writing gigs covering gadgets (a personal favorite), executed some smallscale design projects, and discovered the wonderful world of blogging. Along the way, however, I realized that only more structure and guidance would allow me to grow as a person and a contract worker. I felt that my skills were stagnating, because

There was so much I needed to learn, and even if doing things would eventually teach, the faster route is always having someone or something show the ropes. Which is why I applied for a job.

I knew that if I relied only on myself for improvement, I’d end up nowhere. Though a corporate lifestyle is ultimately the antithesis of a freelancer, it still carries many advantages that will help beginning freelancers get off the ground. Youre sure of a regular salary, so you dont have to worry about how youll feed yourself while you concentrate on improving your skills. And your employer may enjoy certain perks that you can use to further your freelance career. My first job at a gadget distribution company meant I was constantly at local product launches, able to track the trends that let me be a better technology blogger. Working for the man and freelancing arent mutually exclusive.

I decided to enjoy the best of both worlds, realizing that it was too early for me to make a living exclusively from freelancing. As a fresh graduate, there so many things I didnt know. The great thing about the corporate world is that you can learn so much, literally at your companys expense.

In short, whether or not youve graduated recently, you should consider living off only freelancing once youve gained years of experience. And the corporate path is a good way to do this. Work at the right 9 to 5, and youll learn so many things, while getting a regular salary that will help you build a financial base to support you when you decide to strike it out on your own.