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Are You Ready to Become a Freelancer?

DGStaff

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Are you sick and tired of the 9 to 5 rat race? Maybe you are looking for a second income? Then it might be the right time to look into becoming a freelance professional. So how do you know you are ready for the move to become a freelancer? Here are some questions you need to answer.

How Will I Get Paid

You need to know how you are going to get paid if you are going to be a freelancer. This is important as you need to be sure that you will be paid for the work that you are doing. Many clients will pay through PayPal and some will pay by credit card, so be sure you are able to accept the payment arrangements that have been offered to you.

Where Will I Find Work

Where you find work is also an important question that needs to be answered; If you are going to take on freelance work, then there are many online freelancing marketplaces like u$#@%w and Freelancer, so you will be able to find a work in your niche; Sites like these are incredibly simple to sign up for and start looking for work.

How Can I Gain More Qualifications to Get More Work

Many freelancers start off with very little experience, and this leads them to want to know how to become more qualified in order to gain more work. There are many websites available out there that offer courses you can take to gain more qualifications. You could also take some courses at your local college to gain more experience so you can improve your chances of getting work, and as you are gaining more experience, then your rank increases, and this will lead to more freelance opportunities.

This is just the start of the questions that you should be asking before you make the jump in starting your own freelance business.
 

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To add to your brilliant tips, if you can answer the question "Do I stand out in my niche of interest?" and also all of the questions in the article, then you are probably ready to embark on the freelance journey. Now, the answer to this question comes down to your experience in the said niche. It is good to take some courses in your local college and also to take a course from websites that offer them, but you know what would be easier, and better? What if you ventured into a niche that is similar to your job?

Yes, I said it! You would be overqualified and your profile would be sparkling. I see it all the time where professional web designers who have a high paying day job doing what they love sign up on F#@%$r and freelancer and with their excellent resumes, get lots of offers and keep doing what they love for a side income. If you look closely at this freelance sites, most of these top performers provide the sane services to clients as they do in their workplaces. Basically, they take their work home. It sounds awesome right?
 

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This is a great article @DGStaff, I must admit that I made the mistake of not asking the number one question in the article when I took a step into becoming a freelancer. It was when it got to the point of getting paid that I was almost frustrated because most times payments are done using PayPal and PayPal services isn't available in my country. It took me a while before I could get someone to help me with his PayPal to get my payment. This is very informative article, I wish I had access to this when I wanted to become a freelancer.
 

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Great article with good insight as to the important information anyone who seeks to become a freelancer must know before taking up the job. Especially on how will one get paid after doing his or her job, it's really going to be heartbreajk if after working and you simply can't get paid because you don't have a means to receive your payment. Also on where to get more work, if you are a freelancer but can't find any job to do, then it's useless being into the field.
 

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Great article with good insight as to the important information anyone who seeks to become a freelancer must know before taking up the job. Especially on how will one get paid after doing his or her job, it's really going to be heartbreajk if after working and you simply can't get paid because you don't have a means to receive your payment. Also on where to get more work, if you are a freelancer but can't find any job to do, then it's useless being into the field.
Exactly @Heatman, this almost became my case when I found out that I only have to use PayPal to get my payments. I almost concluded that I wouldn't be able to get paid because all the efforts which I made to get a PayPal account was all fruitless. It's was later that I was introduced to exchangers who deal on such business that I was able to contract one whom I now transact with his PayPal.
 

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Personally, I think having a freelance career is one of the most exciting concept out there. But before you quit your job and decide to embark on it, make sure you've got enough savings to last you for at least an year. This is a safety measure before your freelancing career takes off.
 

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Exactly @Heatman, this almost became my case when I found out that I only have to use PayPal to get my payments. I almost concluded that I wouldn't be able to get paid because all the efforts which I made to get a PayPal account was all fruitless. It's was later that I was introduced to exchangers who deal on such business that I was able to contract one whom I now transact with his PayPal.
The reason why some countries don't have PayPal services is as a good too many cases of fraud. PayPal doesn't like to get the bad publicity of being linked to fraud, so they try as much as possible to steer clear of working in such countries and this decision takes away a lot of opportunities for so many people in such countries.
 

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The reason why some countries don't have PayPal services is as a good too many cases of fraud. PayPal doesn't like to get the bad publicity of being linked to fraud, so they try as much as possible to steer clear of working in such countries and this decision takes away a lot of opportunities for so many people in such countries.
You are very much correct @Heatman, PayPal is one of the most used online financial platform which offers its services to trusted few countries because they really wouldn't want to have a bad reputation of being linked to a case of fraud because it's something that can kill the confidence people have on such platform. It's probably why the countries where PayPal isn't functioning seems to be so. The company simply cannot risk it.
 

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The reason why some countries don't have PayPal services is as a good too many cases of fraud. PayPal doesn't like to get the bad publicity of being linked to fraud, so they try as much as possible to steer clear of working in such countries and this decision takes away a lot of opportunities for so many people in such countries.
Fraud happens all over the world, however, if the same country keeps showing up on the fraud list far more then other countries, then it does sound reasonable to shut that country out of the loop, and I am sure Nigerian scammers would love to have PayPal in their country; I am afraid scammers are not going to give up just because PayPal does not want to do business with them, and I was called by some IRS scammer just the other day.
 

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Fraud happens all over the world, however, if the same country keeps showing up on the fraud list far more then other countries, then it does sound reasonable to shut that country out of the loop, and I am sure Nigerian scammers would love to have PayPal in their country; I am afraid scammers are not going to give up just because PayPal does not want to do business with them, and I was called by some IRS scammer just the other day.
It's very true what you mentioned about Nigeria being always on the red list of scam prone countries, and it's likely why some of these online financial firms don't want to get entangled with such mess. It's quite correct that even without PayPal services being unavailable in the country, it still doesn't stop them because there are so many other ways to push the scammed fund through, something like Western Union.
 

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If you really want to find out if you are ready for freelancing then there are signs that you should be looking out for. These signs will differentiate you from many others. If you are one of those people who are able to follow deadlines without the supervision of a boss then that is one sign that you are ready to be a freelancer. If you are at your best when you work alone then you are definitely ready for a career as a freelancer.
 

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It's very true what you mentioned about Nigeria being always on the red list of scam prone countries, and it's likely why some of these online financial firms don't want to get entangled with such mess. It's quite correct that even without PayPal services being unavailable in the country, it still doesn't stop them because there are so many other ways to push the scammed fund through, something like Western Union.
Western Union has accused of fraud themselves, and they settled for $500 million dollar settlement. WU knew a lot of bad things going on, however, they decided to make money rather than do the right thing and address problems that people were having, and this is no real shocker to me I guess, as WU is huge, and they make alot of money, and since they were not taking action of schemes they knew were fraud, instead, they decided to sit back and do nothing while the company made more money of victims did not know any better, then again, I really do not blame WU, I blame people for sending money through WU when they should had more common sense on what they were sending their money for, but they did not, and I guess there would be much more to the Western Union story, and if you are interested, then here is a link that goes deeper into things they did. Western Union Settlement
 

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Western Union has accused of fraud themselves, and they settled for $500 million dollar settlement. WU knew a lot of bad things going on, however, they decided to make money rather than do the right thing and address problems that people were having, and this is no real shocker to me I guess, as WU is huge, and they make alot of money, and since they were not taking action of schemes they knew were fraud, instead, they decided to sit back and do nothing while the company made more money of victims did not know any better, then again, I really do not blame WU, I blame people for sending money through WU when they should had more common sense on what they were sending their money for, but they did not, and I guess there would be much more to the Western Union story, and if you are interested, then here is a link that goes deeper into things they did. Western Union Settlement
It's actually a bad business deal for Western Union to get their hands dirty with such deals. Making money is not everything, sometimes your reputation and dignity should mean something, and it's where Western Union failed woefully in such incident. I think that after that case of $500 million settlement, the company decided to put good checks on how money is transferred using the site.
 

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It's actually a bad business deal for Western Union to get their hands dirty with such deals. Making money is not everything, sometimes your reputation and dignity should mean something, and it's where Western Union failed woefully in such incident. I think that after that case of $500 million settlement, the company decided to put good checks on how money is transferred using the site.
sure, as you know, Wells Fargo got caught creating accounts in order to boost rep commissions, and Wells Fargo also got a big fine also. It does seem when you get to big, then these powerful companies never have enough, and they are never satisfied, and willing to cheat in order to make more money, and it seems we are getting somewhat off topic, and we should re-focus our efforts, and stay on topic as much as possible. :)
 

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sure, as you know, Wells Fargo got caught creating accounts in order to boost rep commissions, and Wells Fargo also got a big fine also. It does seem when you get to big, then these powerful companies never have enough, and they are never satisfied, and willing to cheat in order to make more money, and it seems we are getting somewhat off topic, and we should re-focus our efforts, and stay on topic as much as possible. :)
Alright, point taken about taking the route to off topic. We are just going to conclude the excapades of Western Union and other financial transactions companies, as it's obvious they are somehow involved in such fraud, so everything depends on a money sender to be very careful with what to send, in order not to cry on the long run because from what I read on the $500 million settlement link, lots of people are tasking Western Union to pay them their money back.

So therefore, with looking forward to becoming a freelancer, ensuring one has a viable payment solution to make use of once a job is contracted is very necessary because working without being able to get paid is a wasted effort.
 

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Alright, point taken about taking the route to off topic. We are just going to conclude the excapades of Western Union and other financial transactions companies, as it's obvious they are somehow involved in such fraud, so everything depends on a money sender to be very careful with what to send, in order not to cry on the long run because from what I read on the $500 million settlement link, lots of people are tasking Western Union to pay them their money back.

So therefore, with looking forward to becoming a freelancer, ensuring one has a viable payment solution to make use of once a job is contracted is very necessary because working without being able to get paid is a wasted effort.
I would like to think, no matter who you are, freelancer, merchant, seller, then you would like to get paid for your products and/or services. If you are a seller, then you normally would expect payment before product is shipped, and if you are a freelancer, then I guess that can go either way also, as you can ask for payment upfront, accept 50% upfront, or do the work first, then ask for payment, and this really depends on the freelancer.
 

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I would like to think, no matter who you are, freelancer, merchant, seller, then you would like to get paid for your products and/or services. If you are a seller, then you normally would expect payment before product is shipped, and if you are a freelancer, then I guess that can go either way also, as you can ask for payment upfront, accept 50% upfront, or do the work first, then ask for payment, and this really depends on the freelancer.
Of course yes, nobody would appreciate laboring in vain and it's why every party in any business proposition looks for the way to secure their interests when it comes to getting paid. One's business or services is meant to receive payments once it's offered. So therefore, it's appropriate to look for a payment strategy that would protect the interest of both parties - the buyer and the seller or a freelancer and a client. In doing things this way, everyone goes home with satisfaction and smile on their faces.
 

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Of course yes, nobody would appreciate laboring in vain and it's why every party in any business proposition looks for the way to secure their interests when it comes to getting paid. One's business or services is meant to receive payments once it's offered. So therefore, it's appropriate to look for a payment strategy that would protect the interest of both parties - the buyer and the seller or a freelancer and a client. In doing things this way, everyone goes home with satisfaction and smile on their faces.
I am not sure how I would feel about helping DG run the marketplace as a marketplace would have its own set of problems between buyers and sellers. Buyers will find whys to scheme the seller, and sellers will find ways to scheme buyers, then you will have those that try to use our site to scam anything and anyone that moves, and once DigitalGlobal.com gets popular, then you will have scammers coming out like termites, and would not be fun to deal with.
 

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I am not sure how I would feel about helping DG run the marketplace as a marketplace would have its own set of problems between buyers and sellers. Buyers will find whys to scheme the seller, and sellers will find ways to scheme buyers, then you will have those that try to use our site to scam anything and anyone that moves, and once DigitalGlobal.com gets popular, then you will have scammers coming out like termites, and would not be fun to deal with.
I'm not surprised seeing such outcome to be something realistic with any successful venture. As much as success attracts good, it also attracts bad as well and it's where you would have these so called scammers looking for ways to penetrate and exploit the site. But I'm sure that with all the preparation made by Digital Global and all efforts invested on the site, a provision of security to guard against the activities of such scammers are going to be put in place.
 

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I'm not surprised seeing such outcome to be something realistic with any successful venture. As much as success attracts good, it also attracts bad as well and it's where you would have these so called scammers looking for ways to penetrate and exploit the site. But I'm sure that with all the preparation made by Digital Global and all efforts invested on the site, a provision of security to guard against the activities of such scammers are going to be put in place.
An online business is prone to scams than a retail business where you have to swipe your card and sign a receipt, and there will be fraud protection in place for online purchases, however, no fraud protection is 100% guaranteed, as the forum is concerned, it is important for forum members to look out for one another, and if they see a potential scammer or a scam in progress, then they should report the scam as soon as possible. The sooner we catch scams in the marketplace, then the sooner we can take action, and get rid of the bad apples that want to cause Digital Global harm, and scams do reflect on a business in a negative way, and this is why it is important to get rid of the bad apples as soon as we can so we can get back to business.
 
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