Sunday, January 3, 2010

Fighting the Deadbeat through Freelancing

One of the advantages of freelancing is being able to fight of the drone of the deadbeat. In the corporate world where tasks quickly become daily and mundane, it is easy to lose one's self in the irksome obligations of work, quickly forgetting that there is a world beyond the office. Not all jobs are as dynamic and interesting, and especially if the job does not fit one's interest or fuels one's passion, it is very easy to spiral down into deadbeat mode on a job.

Freelancing is different. Very rarely do freelancers find themselves in long term contracts that promise a steady income. So freelancers are always on the clock, looking out for new opportunities, which inevitably lead them to learn something new.

However, as and when the opportunity to earn a steady income arises, it is often accepted, but with wariness, as freelancing is dynamic and requires continuous adaptation to change. Even with medium to long-term contracts, freelancing requires proactiveness in searching for new jobs, looking up new projects and networking with new people. It cancels out deadbeat phases that occur between jobs or after lucrative contracts are terminated and this can happen for a variety of reasons.

And because the choice to freelance usually stems from one's passion, it is difficult to "get bored." After all, another advantage of freelancing is to expand one's portfolio into different areas in search of new interests and skills. If freelancers are caught in a deadbeat between projects, then there is trouble brewing. Freelancing might just not be right for him or her. Quiet moments between jobs always poses small opportunities, even if it is as simple as starting a blog or picking up a new hobby. Freelancing is full of options, ranging from time-management flexibility to portfolio expansion, and that is definitely the way to go in fighting off the deadbeat.

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