Creativity and work


‘Work with freedom’, ‘Work at your own timings’, ‘Right your own pay check’, ‘Do away with bosses’ and many such phrases are easily written then done. This means you have to work as a professional with your own knowledge and competence. For this you not only have the knowledge but the ability to sell your talents and satisfy the clients so that they can pay you. In short this is called “freelancing�.

Once you are successful as a freelancer and are able to deliver the goods to the customer, you have broken free from the shackles of whimsical bosses and unreasonable employers. Please remember one cannot become a freelancer overnight or as a fresher. This requires certain amount of experience and deep study of the clients demands before one undertakes the work as full time freelancer. The freelancer must be able to sustain from the professional charges he/she gets from the clients.

Whether you want to break free from a full- time job or desire to manage multiple professions, freelancing is an ideal option for those who wish to rely on their creative instincts and special skill to be self employed. If freelancing is what you are contemplating, here’s what you need to consider before you decide to bid adieu to your full time job.

A freelance worker can be a temporary worker, a contractor or self- employed or all of these things. Freelance workers are self-employed but they don’t own a store like merchant, a professional office, like a doctor or lawyer, or a salon like a hairstylist. Instead they contract/work with employers to provide services or complete projects.

A freelancer is the one who is not attached to any particular master or government and can be hired for the task at hand. More often then not freelancers work on creative projects. Freelance photographers, graphic designers, dress designers and writers are common examples.

Most of the creative jobs are solitary pursuits. Usually freelancers work on project-to-project basis. Whether the project is photo shoot, a video presentation, a book, a technical report, or even a performance, freelancers are hired to do their jobs because they have specific skills that can meet a very specific task. Sometimes they have a lot of different projects with a lot of different clients all going at once.

No pretence, uncertainty of job is very much there, once the projects are over, one need to look for more work. You need to built contacts and the returns you ask for vary according to what work you get. If badly in need of work, you need to lower your price; if you have your hands full, you can ask for big bucks for your services and time.

Freelancers may charge by the day or hour, or on a per-job basis. Payment arrangements may be upfront, half-half, or upon completion. Some require clients to sign return contracts, while others may perform work on verbal agreements. Some freelancers may provide written estimates of work and request deposits from clients.

There’s more to freelancing than just knowing design, illustration, creative writing, music, or providing professional services. A couple of years experience as a full-time employee in the concerned field is important and essential to understand the flow of work. A big part of the freelancing business is business itself, requiring a good grasp of bookkeeping, marketing, accounting, and tax and retirement planning. Freelancers need to know how to win new clients, how to self-promote, network, and organize their work schedules and inputs.

In India a couple of decades ago freelancing was uncommon and even the most talented professional never dared to undertake independent work because the area of operation was at most restricted to his city and not even his country. This was because there was no internet accessibility and globalization was unheard off. Now with unlimited internet approach to all over the world the freelancers have ample opportunities to show and sell their talents. Today many highly qualified professionals in management, marketing and computer applications are running their companies so low undertaking work from all over the world. They are able to make more then the money if they would have taken up a high profile job in multinationals.