The word freelancer comes from two different languages. The first part of the word, free, has a Germanic origin and means “ to love”. The latter half, lance, has French origin and means “to throw or discharge with force”. In the middle ages, the freelancers were the soldiers who offered their services to the kings for values. They were mainly such soldiers who had already lost their kings in wars and now felt free to fight for whoever they wanted to. The earliest written evidence of the use of the word ‘freelance’ comes from Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, in which a lord refers to his paid army of ‘free lances’. When freelance first came into English in the early 1800s, it was used to refer to a medieval mercenary who would fight for whichever nation or person paid them the most. But that’s history.
Today, freelance means working for different entities at the same, or different times rather than being permanently employed by one. So freelancing simply means earning one’s living as a freelancer. In other words, to work independently as an individual or company rather than being employed by another. A freelancer is a self-employed person offering services to multiple clients and sometimes working on several projects at a time.
With the rise of the gig economy, people want more flexibility and control of what they do and how they do it, and with the rise of the gig economy, people are talking about freelancing more than ever before. While some people prefer to work remotely to have a life and work balance, others may not want a certain level of commitment to any particular company. As a freelancer you get to chose your hours, the work that you do, and even sometimes the clients you work with. You are self-employed when you decide to freelance and there’s a lot more you can do, especially if you have prior experiences doing a variety of works. If you have varied interests, or you are prone to innovation, then there’s a lot to explore in various fields of industries, and you can earn as much as you can bill your clients. This gives you total control of their earning potential as you are not locked into a salary.
Freelancing is growing very fast, especially in the United Kingdom, and is proving to be a fast and affordable way to get started working independently from home. It has also proven to be an easy way to connect with providers of micro services, both online and offline. If you offer services in an area that you are experienced in or have acquired some skill over the years, there’s a high probability for you to excel. The choice to either work on a part-time or full-time basis is probably one of the reasons more and more people are choosing freelancing as their new way to work. There no limit to the opportunities. Depending on how hard you work, your ability to promote your services to the clients and maintain a good rating, you can make a full-time income as a freelancer. Another notable advantage of working for yourself is the choice to charge more per hour in your business than you would have been paid by an employer for the same work.
Some freelancers chose to work without a middleman between themselves and the client and communicate directly with their clients about the scope of their work, payments, and schedule. These freelancers get paid directly by the client when the job is done. However, the problem with working directly with a client is that most clients will not pay before work being commenced and there’s no guarantee that they will pay the agreed sum at the end of the project. Other freelancers who find work through third-party platforms may forego a tiny percentage of the earning, usually known as the service fee to the website. The benefit of this is that the agreed sum is usually deposited with the platform that holds the money in escrow until both parties meet their obligations.se third parties often take a cut of the pay because they help find work, communicate, and manage payments. Some freelance platforms like Uktal and lexdot use the milestone system of payment.
You ate considers self-employed or an independent contractor when you decide to work as a freelancer. However, if you manage to secure a long-term contract with a company, this will result in a steady flow of income as in full-time employment. On the other hand, some freelancers are hired on a part-time basis for a long term. It is worth noting that when you hired by a company as a freelancer, whether for a short term or long term, you will most likely not receive the same compensation as their full-time employees. In the same manner, it is your choice to not have the same level of commitment to any particular company.