Can You Be A Freelancer Forever?
Most people associate online work with freelancing. And by definition, freelancing is temporary. A freelance online worker is basically jumping from project to project. How much he makes depends on how well and how much he works. And they tend to stick to what they specialize in because there’s little incentive to try something new.
There’s nothing wrong with this arrangement but is it healthy or good for you?
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to stop working every once in a while to go on vacation or take care of yourself when you’re sick?
Wouldn’t it be nice to spend the holidays with your family instead of working to finish another project so you can get another one?
Wouldn’t it be nice to have that chance to learn new skills outside what you usually do so you can aspire for better jobs? Maybe even manage your own team or run your own business someday?
You might think, that’s what the freelance life is all about! You work when you want! Yes, it is but the problem with being a freelancer is if you don’t work, you don’t get paid.
No work, no pay.
Being a freelancer is great when you’re just starting out. But if you want BE MORE, freelancing isn’t going to be enough. This is when you have to stop seeing online work as freelance gigs and start looking at it as opportunities to build an online career.
Free Yourself From Freelancing By Building An Online Career
So how is an online career different from freelancing?
First and foremost, having an online career is about keeping long term jobs. Most workers would want to have as many clients as they could handle to earn more and that’s fine. But if you’re just starting out, for best results we strongly recommend you stick to one client so you can:
– establish a working relationship based on trust
– focus on that one project and give it your all
– so you know yourself as a online worker and be efficient in what you do
– give yourself time to learn everything you need to know about that business
– establish your reputation as a reliable worker
But you might ask, how can you support yourself with just one client?
In most cases, employers who have Filipino virtual assistants who work for them exclusively are very generous. They would pay more so you don’t have to work elsewhere, which removes the need to get more clients. Those who do have more than one client often get their other clients from referrals for the good work they do. And they can handle it because they know how to pace themselves and they have the developed a reputation as online workers who deliver on their promised output.
And the great thing about this is you have a job all year round. No need to frantically search for a client days or weeks before a project ends. No need to update your resume or prepare for an interview every few months. If you and your employer have a good relationship, all you need to do is take care of it and stick with it and you’ll have a job for as long as your need it.
Joven, who has been featured here in Onlinejobs.ph, is one of the first virtual assistants to work for our founder, John Jonas. He is basically our big boss.
There’s also Danny, who was able to eventually have his own business built from his earnings from being an online graphic designer.
Once you decide to look beyond freelancing and see online work as a career, there’s virtually no limit to what you can do or achieve.
Julia has been working for OnlineJobs.ph since 2012, first as a writer and now as its social media manager and content development specialist. She also founded the Davao Virtual Assistants Association, the biggest VA association in Davao City.
She’s a full-time wife and mom and volunteers her time as an internet rights advocate.