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Here are 14 most common freelancing questions that you should check, epically if you are an Indian woman starting your career as a freelancer.
Are you tired of the typical 9-to-5 grind and yearning for the freedom and flexibility that comes with being your own boss? Here are 14 most common freelancing questions that you should check, epically if you are an Indian woman starting your career as a freelancer.
If so, freelancing might just be the perfect career path for you. Especially, being a woman, freelancing gave me a lot of flexibility where I could do a lot more productively. But before you dive head first into the world of freelancing, it’s essential to understand the ins and outs of this dynamic and ever-evolving field.
That’s where this freelancing FAQs come in.
Before I started, I also had a lot of these questions in mind. But, ever since I started practising as a freelance marketing consultant, there is no looking back! In this comprehensive resource, we’ll answer the most common FAQs that aspiring freelancers like yourself often have.
From understanding what freelancing entails to finding clients, setting rates, and navigating the challenges that come with this lifestyle, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re a seasoned professional looking to make a transition or a fresh graduate eager to explore different opportunities, this guide will provide you with the knowledge and strategies you need to thrive as a freelancer.
So, let’s get started on this exciting journey towards freedom, flexibility, and success in the world of freelancing!
Freelancing is a type of work arrangement where individuals, known as freelancers, provide their services to clients on a project basis, rather than being employed by a single company. Freelancers typically have multiple clients and can work from various locations.
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To become a freelancer, you can start by identifying your skills and expertise, creating a portfolio or resume showcasing your work, setting up an online presence (website, social media profiles), and actively searching for clients. Platforms like Upwork, Freelancer, and Fiverr can also help you find freelance gigs.
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Yes, freelancing is suitable for anyone, regardless of gender. It offers flexibility that can be especially beneficial for women who might have caregiving responsibilities or want to balance work with other aspects of life.
On a side note: I’m sure we aren’t still evolved enough as society to consider caregiving as everyone’s responsibility at home. I’m sure it will be a good option if you are struggling with a lot of other pressing responsibilities.
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Just like any job, with freelancing also you need to effectively manage work and life. Balancing freelancing with family responsibilities requires effective time management, setting clear boundaries, and seeking support from family and friends.
Creating a structured schedule and utilizing tools to track tasks can also help. You need to be self-disciplined and extremely focused to be a successful freelancer.
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Yes, women freelancers might face challenges such as gender bias, wage gaps, and discrimination. It’s important to address these issues by advocating for fair pay and opportunities and seeking out supportive communities.
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Setting your rates requires considering factors such as your skills, experience, industry standards, complexity of the project, time commitment, and the value you provide to clients. Research what other freelancers in your field are charging and adjust your rates accordingly.
You can use websites like Glassdoor or LinkedIn job listing to gauge the rates that are offered for freelance projects and come up with your own fee.
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As a freelancer, you’ll need to manage your income, expenses, taxes, and savings. You may have to invest on your own device and software or tools, depending upon the nature of your job.
Consider opening a separate bank account for your freelance earnings, keep track of your expenses, set aside money for taxes, and consider working with an accountant to ensure you’re managing your finances correctly.
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Freelancing requires self-discipline and motivation. Create a dedicated workspace, establish a routine, set clear work hours, break tasks into manageable chunks, set goals, and take regular breaks to avoid burnout.
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Yes, there are various women-focused freelance networks, online communities, and events that provide networking and support. Platforms like Women Who Freelance, Freelancing Females, and local women in business groups can be valuable resources.
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Absolutely. Women freelancers have succeeded in diverse fields, breaking barriers in traditionally male-dominated industries. Confidence, persistence, continuous skill development, and networking are key factors in achieving success.
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There are numerous resources available, including online courses, webinars, blogs, and mentorship programs tailored to women freelancers. These resources cover topics such as freelancing skills, negotiation, business management, and personal development.
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Women freelancers should prioritize self-care by setting realistic work hours, taking regular breaks, practising mindfulness, and engaging in activities they enjoy outside of work. Creating a healthy work-life balance is essential for avoiding burnout.
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Remember, freelancing is about embracing your unique strengths and skills, regardless of your gender. Seek out supportive communities, continuously improve your craft, and top of all, have a positive mindset to prove yourself as a freelancer!
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I huffed, puffed and panted up the hill, taking many rest breaks along the way. My calf muscles pained, my heart protested, and my breathing became heavy at one stage.
“Let’s turn back,” my husband remarked. We stood at the foot of Shravanbelagola – one of the most revered Jain pilgrimage centres. “We will not climb the hill,” he continued.
My husband and I were vacationing in Karnataka. It was the month of May, and even at the early hour of 8 am in the morning, the sun scorched our backs. After visiting Bangalore and Mysore, we had made a planned stop at this holy site in the Southern part of the state en route to Hosur. Even while planning our vacation, my husband was very excited at the prospect of visiting this place and the 18 m high statue of Lord Gometeshwara, considered one of the world’s tallest free-standing monolithic statues.
What we hadn’t bargained for was there would be 1001 granite steps that needed to be climbed to have a close-up view of this colossal magic three thousand feet above sea level on a hilltop. It would be an understatement to term it as an arduous climb.
Every daughter, no matter how old, yearns to come home to her parents' place - ‘Home’ to us is where we were brought up with great care till marriage served us an eviction notice.
Every year Dugga comes home with her children and stays with her parents for ten days. These ten days are filled with fun and festivity. On the tenth day, everyone gathers to feed her sweets and bids her a teary-eyed adieu. ‘Dugga’ is no one but our Goddess Durga whose annual trip to Earth is scheduled in Autumn. She might be a Goddess to all. But to us, she is the next-door girl who returns home to stay with her parents.
When I was a child, I would cry on the day of Dashami (immersion) and ask Ma, “Why can’t she come again?” My mother would always smile back.
I mouthed the same dialogue as a 23-year-old, who was home for Durga Puja. This time, my mother graced me with a reply. “Durga is fortunate to come home at least once. But many have never been home after marriage.”
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