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Being a freelancer is a good feeling, it pays as long as you are good in what you do. But I seriously wouldn't encourage one being a full time freelancer. It's good to have other physical job to supplement one's earnings as a freelancer, it's the only way I see one being able to take care of all his financial responsibilities. Money made from being a freelancer wouldn't be enough to take care of my needs personally, so it's the reason why I work as a part time freelancer and take up other jobs.
thats right, and you should not quit the job you have to become a freelancer unless you are just that popular; When you go to work each day, then you know exactly how much you are getting paid, and when you will be getting paid, as for a freelancer, then you may go through dry spells, and unless you are that popular freelancer that everyone wants to work with, then you really don't know when that next order will be coming as people are often unpredictable, and emotional, so orders could be coming in daily, even then, those orders are not guaranteed, and could stop coming at any time.
 

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That conversation can go both ways, the freelance market may be oversaturated, but there are also a lot of freelancers that cost an arm and a leg, and this depends if they have any spots available as they are so high in depending, and availability may not come open that often, and people will know if they got a good freelancer or not, and if they get ahold of a solid freelancer that they are looking for, then they may not want to let go until they are done, and if the freelancer does on-going freelance work, then you could be waiting several months for a spot just to come open.
It's very much true what you say. In Fiverr I've seen "top" freelancers with dozens and dozens of testimonies from people who have hired them, who I am sure can make a full time living out of it. So, for the freelancer, it's not just about having the skills, but seizing the opportunity of making a name, to earn the trust from employers, and get more jobs.
 
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It's very much true what you say. In F#@%$r I've seen "top" freelancers with dozens and dozens of testimonies from people who have hired them, who I am sure can make a full time living out of it. So, for the freelancer, it's not just about having the skills, but seizing the opportunity of making a name, to earn the trust from employers, and get more jobs.
sure, if you sell crap to buyers, then they will not come back and buy more, and if that is not bad enough, then they will go around leaving bad reviews on the bad service that you provided them, and it is far easier for someone to give you a bad review, and more difficult to get good reviews.
 

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This is the reason I don't really like sites like Fiverr and Freelancer. The chances of actually scoring a gig are very slim due to the over performing freelancers that have already established themselves. A new freelancer may have to queue for so long to even get a chance to showcase their skill. It is better to opt for sites that specialize in a specific area e.g Iwriter which is only for writers and clients. Here, you stand a better chance, though you are not assured of a job either.
That conversation can go both ways, the freelance market may be oversaturated, but there are also a lot of freelancers that cost an arm and a leg, and this depends if they have any spots available as they are so high in depending, and availability may not come open that often, and people will know if they got a good freelancer or not, and if they get ahold of a solid freelancer that they are looking for, then they may not want to let go until they are done, and if the freelancer does on-going freelance work, then you could be waiting several months for a spot just to come open.
 
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This is the reason I don't really like sites like F#@%$r and Freelancer. The chances of actually scoring a gig are very slim due to the over performing freelancers that have already established themselves. A new freelancer may have to queue for so long to even get a chance to showcase their skill. It is better to opt for sites that specialize in a specific area e.g Iwriter which is only for writers and clients. Here, you stand a better chance, though you are not assured of a job either.
DG has been keen and shown some interest in adding freelance categories to the marketplace, however, it would take 100+ hours of additional coding, and I am sure he would not do this until the marketplace is underway, and would be able to support an even more expensive addon; Right now, the marketplace platforum can support digital downloads, and physical products, but does not currently support freelancers per say, and this would have to be added in the future if freelancers want to promote their products and services in the marketplace, so we will see what happens.
 

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You are right, my friend. It is really hard to be involved in freelance life, especially when you are a newbie, it's hard to find costumers who are willing risk their money in a newbie, they would rather choose the freelancers who have a lot more experience.
I agree, but everyone had started at some point. Just like forum posting, you tend to have mistakes along the way, but in time you get better.

If you are new, do your very best to make your profile stand out and not focus on things that you can do. Instead, audit your skills that might be beneficial for them and make the CEO realize that if they hire you, you would be a valuable asset for the organization, with or without experience.
 
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I agree, but everyone had started at some point. Just like forum posting, you tend to have mistakes along the way, but in time you get better.

If you are new, do your very best to make your profile stand out and not focus on things that you can do. Instead, audit your skills that might be beneficial for them and make the CEO realize that if they hire you, you would be a valuable asset for the organization, with or without experience.
a CEO of a business normally does not have anything to do with the hiring process, and this would be left up to Human Resources (HR) however, if the person being hired is upper management, then the CEO could be involved in the process to some degree, but if you are just a one-man show, then I guess you would be considered the CEO, and therefore, you would be completely involved on who you are bringing into your business.
 

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I am doing the freelancing during off hours since 2007. I can tell you one thing from experience. There are really bad clients out there. Which makes the freelancing experience a bit harder. And on that note I don't wish to be a freelancer forever. Some day I want to just work for myself under some LLC or Pvt Inc. That way I would be taken seriously by customers.
 

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I am doing the freelancing during off hours since 2007. I can tell you one thing from experience. There are really bad clients out there. Which makes the freelancing experience a bit harder. And on that note I don't wish to be a freelancer forever. Some day I want to just work for myself under some LLC or Pvt Inc. That way I would be taken seriously by customers.
The truth is that there are some people who are just there to make your life harder and more difficult for you especially when it's work related, whether it's online or offline jobs.

I have had my own fair share of bad clients with freelance jobs for the past few years I have been on the job but they have never discouraged me into quitting.
 

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You can earn as a freelancer working from home. In the past couple of years, I have earned $100 per month on average. However, this money is not enough for me to manage expenses, therefore, I also continued to work with my regular job. If you have a regular job and you also earn from freelancing, your earnings from freelancing can be a bonus. In order to earn as a freelancer, you need to have specialized skills.
 
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Freelancing or becoming a freelancer is a great way of having additional source of income to ones source of income and one will gain according to level of work done.

Freelancing can help one to be versatile unlike some offline that makes one be static just focusing on one thing which might easily bring monotonous of work and boredom.

With freelancing one can work at different sites completing different tasks daily that way one isn't easily bored and stressed.
 

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The truth is that there are some people who are just there to make your life harder and more difficult for you especially when it's work related, whether it's online or offline jobs.

I have had my own fair share of bad clients with freelance jobs for the past few years I have been on the job but they have never discouraged me into quitting.
You are lucky in that case. I have met some of the really bad ones who paid me like 50$ and expected me to have business of 500$. You can see that some of such type of the clients need to be controlled properly. I personally try to avoid such clients. But long term it may not be that easy. So just working around and some of the time feels like quitting.
 

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If you want to become a freelancer you should first have a strong financial background, I mean a good saving. Secondly you need to have specialized skills. AS a freelancer it will be difficult to be equipped with jobs always, there are times when you will have mo assignments. If you do not have saving, it will be difficult to manage your life
 

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Freelancing is a great way to make money at your own convenience and pace. Freelancing is not easy, however, if you start making money are making good money, it gives you freedom to what ever you want, when ever you want. Secondly, if you cna generate income as a freelancer, you do not have to play by others' rule. You make your own rule.
 
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