A freelancer is a term commonly used for an individual who is self-employed, a person who is not committed to a particular employer for a long time. Occasionally, they are represented by a company or agency that re-sells freelance labour to clients; whilst others work independently or use personal websites to get work.
Salary / How do they get paid?
Being paid as a freelancer, the person needs to research and have an idea, depending on the job and time it will take, to determine how much they request to be paid. Often, Freelancers will charge by the day, hour, a piece rate or on a per-project basis. Payment arrangements usually will be upfront, percentage upfront, or upon completion to act as compensation to the worker. One of the drawbacks of freelancing is that there is no guarantee of a payment.
There are a number of advantages to working as a freelancer:
- Ability to work from home in a personal space
- No work attire requirement
- Ability to work individually, without sharing an office
- To be able to choose what to work on and the hours that you work
- You are your own boss
With advantages there are disadvantages in equal measure:
- Isolation when working alone
- Increased amount of paperwork, contracts, invoices and having to manage your own accounting
- Difficult to anticipate weekly, monthly and yearly income
- Work is not constantly guaranteed
- Again, being your own boss
Examples of Freelancer Job Adverts