How to Become a Freelancer: The Ultimate Guide

how to become a freelancer: the ultimate guide


November 13, 2020

The reasons to embrace a freelance career are compelling. From supplementing your income to setting your own hours, freelance work is increasingly moving from the fringes of the job marketplace and into the mainstream.
If you’ve considered freelancing, you’re not alone. A recent study found that over one-third of workers (36%) are currently freelancing, an increase of 22% since 2019.
If you’re looking to become a freelancer, we’ve put together this detailed guide to help you get started!
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What Is a Freelancer?
A freelancer is not an employee. The IRS defines an employee as someone who:

Is not in charge of deciding when, where, and how they work
Does not choose how much they are paid or what their raises or bonuses are
Is reimbursed for job-related expenses and receives benefits (like health insurance)

A freelancer, on the other hand, is almost the exact opposite …



Freelancing: How to make your gig BIG?

freelancing: how to make your gig big?


EP441 – Freelancing: How to make your gig BIG? | The Money Show27 NOVEMBER 2020 | ET NOW | 18 MIN 29 SEC
Being your own boss, taking projects of your choice, flexible working hours are some of the perks that attract more and more individuals, especially the youth towards freelancing. However, just like every other career path, this one too is not without its downs. And the pandemic may have exacerbated difficulties often faced by freelancers in client procurement or difficult clients, payments etc. We caught up with 3 women on how they managed to scale up their freelance gig to start paying the bills, the issues they faced in the last few months amid the COVID pandemic, how they’re staying relevant and making their work stand out amidst the increasing number of freelancers in every field. Mubina Kapasi is in conversation with Priya Mehta, Design Pink, Protima Tiwary, dumbbellsndrama, and independent digital creator Shraddha Pawar.


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Bangladeshi freelancers to get fresh credibility through identity

bangladeshi freelancers to get fresh credibility through identity


Freelancers in Bangladesh are finally getting a state-endorsed electronic/virtual identity card. 
The announcement of this initiative was made by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday in a meeting where the premiere virtually launched the website and Android mobile app of 
This initiative has been jointly conducted by the ICT Division of the Information Ministry, Bangladesh Computer Council, iDEA Project, and Bangladesh Freelancers Development Society (BFDS). 
According to ministry officials, the process of ID card and verification and furthering the initiative will be conducted by BFDS. The Information Ministry, BCC and iDEA Project will be providing policy-level support. 
Through the newly inaugurated website, any valid freelancer will be able to register themselves in the national level database. In order to obtain the e-ID card, one needs to be a Bangladeshi citizen and prove they have credible work experience as a freelancer. They also need to pay TK 1,500 in order to obtain the card. Moreover, ID applicants will need to show proof of income in order to obtain the virtual ID card. 
Currently, three kinds of freelancers can register with the platform: individuals, team owners and team members. For individuals and team members, the minimum income …


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Doc looks at ‘microcosm’ of coronavirus outbreak

doc looks at ‘microcosm’ of coronavirus outbreak


Masked passengers look on from onboard the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at Yokohama Port, south of Tokyo, Japan, on Feb. 20.

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A month before the pandemic was officially declared, before the novel coronavirus was even named COVID-19, an outbreak aboard a cruise ship offered a glimpse of what was to come.The February outbreak aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship was a “microcosm of the bigger story,” explained Kingston native Mike Downie, the director of “The COVID Cruise,” a documentary airing on CBC’s “The Nature of Things” on Friday evening.“With the Diamond Princess, whether or not you tuned in to it as it was happening, it did catch the attention of the world and it was a harbinger of what was to come and how difficult it was going to be to contain it and keep people safe around it,” Downie said over the phone.When Downie and partner Dave Wells pitched their idea to CBC, they suggested an approach that coalesced the headlines into a comprehensive retelling of that fateful cruise.“We really just said, ‘Let’s tell the big story about the spread of COVID by, basically, beside Wuhan, the earlier …


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A freelancer’s guide to getting paid during the pandemic

a freelancer’s guide to getting paid during the pandemic


Two years ago, I experienced that all-too-common, oh-so-fun freelancer headache: the late-paying client. My rent, phone bill, student loan payment, and a laundry list of other expenses were due in less than a week. Yet a substantial payment from one of my clients, which I’d counted on to cover them, was more than two weeks past due. I frantically emailed my editor and called the accounts payable department every day to follow up. Mercifully, the payment arrived just in time. But it wasn’t the first time I had to chase a late payment, nor was it the last.And these days, during a pandemic that’s made freelance work even more scarce in many industries, more and more people can relate to this plight. Amid the economic uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, two million people in the U.S., or more than a third of the country’s workforce, forayed into freelancing in the past year, according to a study that the freelance job platform Upwork released in September. The flexibility freelancing affords is indeed pretty damn freeing — but it has its drawbacks. The biggest? Unlike with a full-time job, you don’t get a regular paycheck. Some clients …


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How Free is Freelancing?

how free is freelancing?


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Like any new technology, blockchain started as a niche idea relegated to obscure corners of the internet before gaining widespread adoption by both the public and private sectors. A couple of years ago, it would have been rather hard to sell a non-tech-savvy investor on a business revolving around blockchain technology.
Up until a few years ago, it was unfortunately mostly associated with sombre predictions by Goldman Sachs (who have done a figurative 180 since) and FBI busts on illicit trading rings.
Now, the mere use of terms such as “crypto”, “blockchain”, “ledger” and so on is enough to garner interest in a new project – whether it involves banking or other financial transactions, supply chain or even green ventures such as water purification or energy saving.
New use cases for blockchain technology are constantly being found as time goes on – a logistical improvement here, a healthcare tracking system there. Many of these ideas don’t come from long brainstorming sessions – rather, they come from someone doing the same activity repeatedly – and thinking of ways to improve a certain process.
Introducing Veelancing
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Graphic designer offers free services for struggling businesses during pandemic

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A FREELANCE graphic designer who offered work free of charge for struggling businesses during the coronavirus pandemic has been recognised for his generosity by being nominated for an award.

Andy Pink, from Rainhill, has reached the finals in the national 2020 Yuno Juno Freelancer Awards.

This year marks the awards’ sixth year running and 28-year-old Andy has made the final shortlist, along with 33 other creatives from across the UK, despite having only becoming a full-time freelancer in August when he launched his website Andy The Creative.

The awards usually focus on excellence, however this year it’s not only about the great work achieved, but more importantly, honouring freelancers for acts of kindness.

The pandemic has made 2020 an incredibly tough year for many, and Andy who studied at Liverpool John Moores University who has been a graphic designer for six years, provided an entire branding package for a tech company that was just starting out.

Understanding how difficult it can be to create a business at the best of times, Andy knew that during COVID-19, it would be much harder. Supplying a full brand package, pitch video and supporting materials – totally free of charge as a good will gesture – …


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Tip: Prepare for full-time freelancing

tip: prepare for full-time freelancing


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Freelance journalists have a lot to think about, from dealing with money to where to pitch ideas and even how to manage their time. Gabrielle Smith is a freelancer who specialises in writing about topics like sex, mental health, race and class, with bylines in Insider, Cosmopolitan and Prism amongst other publications.Turning to her Twitter feed, Smith shared all lessons she has learned in transitioning to life as a freelance writer. Her advice covers invoicing, hours, creating contacts and much more.Six months as a full-time freelance writer and here are some of the lessons I’ve learned [THREAD]— Gabrielle Smith | she/her (@gabrielleasmith) September 14, 2020

“Befriend other writers. Don’t look at it like a competition. Don’t look at it like networking. Create a community and help each other out,” she writes.Join us at our next Newsrewired conference from 1 December 2020. Visit for the full agenda and tickets

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Navigating the gig economy: finding success as a freelancer

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Gig work is a leading form of self-employment and an option more people are turning to. That doesn’t mean it’s saturated though! In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Virginia’s 2015 self-employment rate was less than half that of the national average. If you’re considering gig work, follow these tips for success.Find your nicheThe gig economy is large and varied. The first step is to decide what kind of gig work you’ll do. Assess your skill set and determine what kind of gig work you’re best suited for.Develop a business strategyConsider how customers will find you. There are platforms specifically for gig work, but they usually take a cut. If you want potential clients listed in one place, it may be worth it. There may be other restrictions like price and client interaction. Alternatively, social media, a website, networking, and referrals are all good options.Determine your financial goalsIt’s important to know how much money you need to make every month so you can make sure you meet those goals. Be sure to factor in taxes, expenses, the platform’s cut if you use one, and a little cushion.Create a realistic work scheduleMany …


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Now That Everyone Is WFH, What Happens to Freelancers?

now that everyone is wfh, what happens to freelancers?


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The pandemic has catapulted capitalism into a future unknown—and the gig market into center focus. Pandemic-related layoffs have created intense need and competition for contract jobs, and women especially are on the market: During March and April, 11.7 million women lost their jobs, compared with 9.6 million men. But the freelance space, one of the few sectors to thrive as a result of the national crisis, saw a surge of openings. This year, two million people joined the nearly 57 million Americans who already called themselves freelancers. And the shift doesn’t show signs of slowing. So if you’re a recent free agent, don’t panic. We’ve got you: Here, our guide to going freelance. In mid-March, Samantha Sands, 23, moved from the Bay Area to San Diego for her new job as a tech publicist at a small agency. Just three days after starting, Sands began working from home. A week and a half later, she was told her hours would be cut because clients were pausing and canceling services. Then, two days after that, she was terminated—becoming one of the more than 22 million Americans who have lost their job as a result of …


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