Just like this meme, there are a lot of misconceptions on what freelancing is. Before we dive into the specifics on how you can jumpstart your freelancing career, let’s go ahead and break the myths of freelancing and then you can decide for yourself if freelancing is for you. Sounds good? Let’s dive in!
Freelancing is easy and can work for everyone.
There is no magic pill. Just like any other job, you don’t get to enjoy its perks if you don’t put your back into it. Depending on your niche, there can be a lot of competition. If you don’t equip yourself with the right tools and knowledge, you won’t get anywhere.
There are also others who equip themselves well but still take time to find a job. It takes a big deal of passion and grit to make it work. If you’re looking for a way to earn without investing time and effort, then freelancing is not for you.
Freelancing offers limited opportunities.
I’d say, Yes and No.
When you’re starting out, it is best to be on a niche you’re best at. Just like when you are trying to sell a product, you highlight its best features to get a customer’s buy-in. Later on, when the demand is high, the product evolves, adds more features and sells even higher.
When you’re freelancing, you sell yourself. You highlight your skills, what you can do, and what value you can contribute. When you’re new, you sell what you’re good at, during that time. So the opportunities are initially limited to your current skills.
BUT..and yes it’s a big BUT. Just like anything else, you evolve. And if you don’t do this naturally, if you plan to be successful in freelancing, you force yourself to, and when you do, the possibilities are endless.
Freelancing does not provide enough to make a living.
Have you seen the interview with a Filipino freelancer who said she earns 100k monthly?
Is it possible? Yes. Is it the norm? No.
It all boils down to your niche and what you are willing to do. My first job paid me 60 pesos per hour. Before I was a freelancer, I used to be a Quality Manager. I was earning a lot more but I chose to accept the offer because I wanted to gain experience working remotely which would lead me to gain more clients and eventually raise my rate. It worked! I now have 6 stable clients. You don’t have to follow in my footsteps though. It is absolutely up to you to strategize. As long as you are committed to pursuing this career, you can make it big.
There is quite a long list of misconceptions. However, these three are what I consider the most significant. What do you think? Is freelancing for you? Let us know in the comments below.