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Freelance work is the new way to make money

April 13, 2016

The Freelance world is growing and growing by the droves. People are looking for ways to supplement their income and to make more money. Jobs are still scarce even thought they say the market is doing well. Freelance work can consist of so many things. From blog content, to helping people with their emails, to doing small office tasks to help out busy business owners. I myself do freelance work in terms of social media management for clients. My clients range from small businesses to top businesses and everything in between. On average freelancers make anywhere between 20,000 to 50,000 dollars a year….yep just doing small tasks for a number of people.

Most freelancers are on their own. Very seldom do I see them working for others. You can find freelancers on a number of sites including upwork.com, elance.com, and of course Craigslist.com. There are pros and cons to working with freelancers. You want to find the best one that fits your niche or fits your style because just hiring anyone can be …….let’s say not so good. Not everyone will fit what you are looking for. In my world I call freelancers Virtual assistants because most work remotely to help others out. I love the fact that I can hire someone in another country to do work that needs to be done without having an actual office for them. There are pros and cons however to doing freelancing work and hiring others to do work for you.

Pros: I have 3 Virtual Assistants yes 3. I have each one doing different things. One of my assistances lives in another country and she is awesome. She keeps me on point with broken links, making sure I have pictures for each of my blog posts, and making sure she shares relevant content to my audience. Many Virtual Assistants can check your emails for you and keep that down, others can take photos for you, and some can run your social media for you. Virtual Assistants usually charge by the hour or by the job or even by the day. I prefer a set price for Virtual Assistants, tell me what it is you charge for each thing because I can’t do the hourly thing. Some don’t even take an hour to do simple tasks so why do I need to pay by the hour. Uber is a huge Freelance gig that has taken over…I think it’s safe to say that Taxi drivers may soon be a thing of the past as more and more people look for ways to make money.

  • Fast money
  • You can do most things remotely
  • You set your hours
  • You can work on a variety of things
  • You get to be your own boss
  • The money is fabulous if you have a lot of clients and you are good at what you do

Cons: While I do love all of my VA’s it took me a while to find the three I have. I had to go through many bad apples to get some good ones. If you are a particular person who likes things done a certain way my suggestion is to do it yourself. I do not micro manage my VA’s I tell them what I want done and they do it. You want to hire someone who you really don’t have to tell things too. They know…which is why it took me a while to find people. Don’t forget I do Virtual Assistant work too and I can tell you first hand it’s tough when you are dealing with so many different personalities and people. Some you will please and others you just won’t.

  • You have to know how to manage your time. If you aren’t a multitasker or you can’t do multiple things at once…Freelance may not be for you
  • There is no security in freelance work……this is by far the biggest downfall. Clients can up and fire you at anytime or find someone cheaper. As a social media marketer I have clients that will get their teenagers to take over accounts because they don’t want to pay anyone to do things. Money can be steady and then all of a sudden drop off. Now let me be frank…no job offers security unless you work for a job that has a union. You can be let go from any job freelance or not. The only difference with a real job is that it’s steady income vs busting your butt to get clients.
  • You don’t own your work…..this depends on what type of freelance you are doing. If you do creative work it’s not yours any longer. It belongs to the client that paid you.

If you decide to get into freelance work make sure you know that it won’t be steady and you need to take into account the times where you won’t have money coming in. Always have a backup plan because it will happen especially as more and more people get into the Freelance world.

Do you do freelance work? If so do you like it? Would you hire a VA?

Freelance work is the new way to make money

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    Robin Masshole Mommy
    April 13, 2016 at 9:29 am

    It really is. I know so many people that are doing this. There is such a high demand for freelance writers right now.

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    Alli Smith
    April 13, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I do have a VA team to help with social media. I love writing posts and photography, so I do those things myself. Having a VA team really frees up more of my time so that I can do the things I love.

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    Jeanette
    April 13, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    A VA is something that I have working for me too it is invaluable to my time to have a VA. You are right though sometimes you have to work through a lot about apples before you get what you need.

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    Pam
    April 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I have heard several times that we are moving towards a more free-lance job market. I think it is a great way for some people to work, especially those who aren’t into a traditional job setting.

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    Mimi Green
    April 13, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I’ve been trying to figure out “my thing” and I think that virtual assistance might be it. I was a personal assistant to a NFL player for a few years. I loved it, we met up here and there but most of my work was virtual. He was very unorganized but I’m very organized so it totally worked.

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    Brenda Pace
    April 13, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    You said it, Kita!

    Freelance work is not all jammies, no makeup, sitting at the desk eating bon bon’s! I do freelance work, as you know and I do love it. However, I’m only doing it part-time right now as I do have a full-time out of home job. I originally went into this thinking I’d be a VA. I would do administrative work from home. Done deal. Didn’t work out that way. With those overseas who work for pennies, it wasn’t going to work for me. So, I decided to go Web Design and Blog Management. This is something I’m passionate about. I also do some Content Writing but not overly thrilled about that. I have 3 blogs now and just am about out of words in my head. πŸ™‚

    I’m glad to see that you have VA’s helping you. I know how busy you are.

    I appreciate your sharing this with us. Again, not everyone knows how difficult being a Freelancer can be.

    Rock on girly!

    B

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    Liz Mays
    April 13, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    These are some really good points. I do use VAs for a few different things. They make my life a lot easier.

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    Brittany
    April 14, 2016 at 3:10 am

    This is a super interesting post! I hope to get enough traffic flowing through my some day so that a VA is even needed. I’ve never thought about being a free lancer but if it brings in the money and you could be a stay at home, that sounds like a win win! Thanks for sharing xoxo
    http://www.beyourownsunshine.com

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    Up Run For Life
    April 14, 2016 at 3:13 am

    I have considered being a freelance writer for other people. I might have to look into it as a way to supplement my income.

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    Mariah
    April 14, 2016 at 3:19 am

    I think it’s exciting that people are freelancing more! I’m trying my hand at being a VA as well!

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    Sam
    April 14, 2016 at 4:40 am

    I do some freelance work here and there. I try to think of it as extra and not rely on it too much. I hope one day to have the budget for a VA.

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    Bonnie @wemake7
    April 14, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I really wish I could afford a VA. It would really help me a lot.

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    Vidya Sudarsan
    April 15, 2016 at 2:10 am

    I’ve a VA who helps me when I travel or when I need help. I agree with you, freelance market is booming and it is good for bloggers like us πŸ™‚

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    Rachel
    April 15, 2016 at 4:17 am

    I’m curious what you pay a VA? Is there a range that’s commonly acceptable?

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      Kita
      April 16, 2016 at 2:33 am

      I pay mine differently based on what they do. My VA that keeps up my social media for me which would be my Pinterest and Twitter gets paid monthly. Depending on what they do and how often they post I think per month should start at $250 and go up from there.

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    Jasmine Watts
    April 15, 2016 at 10:37 am

    This is super interesting post!! I also use VAs for few things and they make work lot easier!!

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    Michele D
    April 15, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I agree with you. There is so many ways to make money with becoming a freelance writer. There is endless opportunities.

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    Anosa
    April 17, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I hired my SIL to be my VA for when I can’t reciprocate on social media and she doesn’t that for me. I pay her Β£7 an hour and if she is honest so I am lucky in that respect.

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    cathy
    April 17, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Recently, I have seen more VA advertising their skills! It is becoming more and more popular and opening many doors for people! πŸ™‚

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    Danielle
    April 20, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I was a VA for a little while, but the person micromanaged me a bit too much and eventually we realized the working relationship wasn’t going to work out. There were too many constant changes for not enough money and I also didn’t feel like they trusted my ideas either. I’d love to do it again, but I have to find someone who trusts me to do the task they give me and isn’t going to frequently change things after I’ve already completed the work.

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    Sarah Bailey
    April 22, 2016 at 12:13 am

    I really need to try and get into the Freelance game – it is something I am missing out on I think. x

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