Freelancing is growing industry. India is the home to the second largest number of freelancers standing next to the USA. The number of freelancers in India is whopping 15 million individuals, working independently in wide array of sectors like IT and programming, finance, sales and marketing, designing, animation, videography, content and academic writing etc. Freelancers are consistently gaining prominence and the perception that they are an inferior crop of professionals is gradually changing as even people with top educational and professional backgrounds are quitting full-time employment to provide their skills and services as independent consultants.
Freelance term is commonly used for a person who is self-employed. It is frees you from the boundaries of region, religion, age,race,and every things else. A freelancer in India can earn much more than the same in foreign countries if he or she is really talented. It is best way to work entirely depends on your skill set. As a freelancer you have to find a genre of work and find clients who are looking to get the same work done. Now a days there are many freelancing platforms which are available for freelancers and clients to make it easier for both to find what they are looking for.
Due to pandemic situation an increasing number of individuals want to work according to their preferences, where they want, when they want and the work of their choice. Freelancing reduce the burden of working in restricting environment without many monetary incentives during first few years. Apart from that freedom to work at own pace is the best thing. The ability to take projects of my own interest and working according to my timelines has turned out to be a blessing as a freelancer.
If I were to sum up the benefits of working as a freelancer, then they will be :
- Fewer Working Hours
- Flexible schedule
- Independence – Work from anywhere
- Freedom to Choose Clients and Projects
- Opportunity to Earn More
- Reduced Time and Resources
- Multi-Faceted Exposure
- Better Work-Life Balance
The major freelance opportunities in India are :
- Academic Professional
- Software and Web Developer
- Content Developer
- Graphic Designer
- Data Entry
- Social Media Management
- Content Marketing
- Digital Marketing
- Financial Advising
Academic Professional perform high- level duties and have specialized responsibilities in academic, administrative and research areas.
The biggest challenge for the newbies in this industry is working with unreliable clients who don’t offer timely and regular payment. Non-regularity of payments is the biggest challenge for a freelancer working in India.
The demand for freelancers is on the rise as organisations get used to remote work and freelancing, to cut risks as well as costs during the pandemic. Workers and organisations alike have embraced remote working in the wake of the lockdown. One of the characteristics of freelancing is an unpredictable income. Rates of pay vary wildly depending on the job and the company one works for. Low pay, undervaluing the services on offer and, of course, late payments have been a part and parcel of freelance life.