What is freelancing? Freelancing Career Guidelines!
Bangladesh is in a very good position in freelancing . Millions of young people in our country are now taking up freelancing careers and earning money online and bringing in foreign remittances. Especially in our country, due to the lack of government and private jobs, now educated young boys and girls are happily choosing a freelancing career.
Most of us know that freelancing is an independent job. Freelancing is a well-known profession in our country. That’s why many people think that if you can earn money through freelancing at home without working under someone else, why should you only work under someone else? You need to read today’s post from beginning to end to get a clear idea of whether freelancing is a free profession in real life.
There are many misconceptions among the people of our country about freelancing. Many people are investing millions of rupees in the name of freelancing by opening various coaching centers under the pretext of teaching freelancing to the common people.
You may have heard a lot about freelancing before. Maybe out of curiosity you have tried to find out what freelancing is from Google . If you want to know more about freelancing, then reading today’s post will clear all your ideas about it.
We will discuss the following topics-
- What is freelancing?
- What is Freelancer?
- What are the benefits of freelancing?
- What are the disadvantages of freelancing?
- How much money can be earned by freelancing?
- How do I build a freelancing career?
- How to learn freelancing?
- How to start freelancing?
- How do I get a job in the freelancing market?
- How do I understand the remuneration?
In order to know the details of freelancing or before building a freelancing career, you must have a clear idea about all the above. Otherwise your hard earned money may be wasted by any dishonest coaching center. Then let’s learn the details about all the above points without delay .
What is freelancing?
Freelancing is the process of making money by reaching out to clients online by concluding work agreements with different clients online from home . You may not be clear about freelancing yet. I am trying to present this subject more simply.
Usually a person submits his CV to get a job in a company after graduation. After looking at the CV and at the end of the interview, the company hires him if it deems him eligible. The person then receives a fixed salary at a monthly rate by doing regular routine work in the company from 9 am to 5 pm.
In the same way that freelancing is done, a person applies for jobs in various online freelancing marketplaces in order to get a job in a subject that he has experience in or that he can work well in . The client then verifies the suitability of his work and if he deems it appropriate, hires him to do the job. This is why freelancing is called a type of job.
However, there are many differences between a normal job and a freelancing job. Normally any job has to be done at the scheduled time every day. Otherwise you will not be able to hold your job. At the same time, if you can’t do the job properly, sometimes you have to reprimand the boss.
But in the case of a freelancing career, there are no such set rules. Here you can work independently. You can work when your mind wants, and you can refrain from work if your mind does not want. This is why freelancing is called a free profession and most people prefer to do freelancing.
But if you want to be successful in your freelancing career, you need to work hard. Because if you work in freelancing with the attitude of working independently or whenever you want, you will never be a good freelancer. You freelancing marketplace spend more time and keep regular contact with clients, you are freelancing, the more you can earn. At the same time, if you maintain time like a normal job without working independently, the client will feel more comfortable working with you.
How do freelancers work?
Understanding how freelancers work or how freelancers get jobs will make it clearer to you what freelancing is all about. See the image below-
Suppose you are a freelancer and I have a garments company. Most people don’t know anything about my company because my company is new. So I want to create a website called My Garments so that people can know about my company through that website.
In this case, creating a website will require many types of materials. First of all, a logo must be made in the name of Garments. Then create a website with the company name with the logo. At the same time, in order for the website to be seen by people by searching on Google, the SEO of the website has to be done. Then I will need a logo designer, a web designer and an SEO expert to create my company’s website.
Now I am looking for a good quality logo designer in various freelancing marketplaces to create my company’s website . To find a logo designer I will do a post in the freelancing market with a description of my logo design. After seeing the post, various freelancers will apply to get the job done. By looking at the profiles of those who will apply, I will contact the person who I think is a good quality logo designer.
Then I will give the logo designer the job after discussing how many dollars it will work, how it will work, how long it will take to work, etc. Then when he submits the work to me, I will pay him.
Moreover , when you work regularly in different freelancing marketplaces, you will automatically become acquainted with different people and businesses, so different clients will contact you directly through your profile to get their work done. When you can be a freelancer of this level , earning lakhs of rupees a month by freelancing will not matter to you. Basically this is how a freelancer works online and earns money sitting at home.
What is Freelancing in simple language?
From the above discussion and analysis it can be said that freelancing is the process of earning money by working online through contracts with various individuals and organizations using one’s own talents and experience.
Moreover, from the above discussion, it is clear that although freelancing is a free profession, there is no opportunity to work freely in order to improve one’s position in freelancing and earn more money. A freelancer in various freelancing marketplace will be able to give more time and effort, the freelancers freelancing will be able to earn more money. And those who take freelancing as a free profession and work independently will never succeed in freelancing.
What are the benefits of freelancing?
The biggest advantage of freelancing is that there is freedom here. There is no responsibility for the work and there is no opportunity to complain to the boss.
- It is possible to earn a lot more money than a normal job.
- There is no limit to work. The more work, the more money.
- Multiple payments per month are available. Which is not possible with any offline job.
- It is possible to earn more money by spending less time.
- Work can be done sitting at home. No office is required.
- No investment is required.
What are the disadvantages of freelancing?
Just as there is a downside to everything you do, there are some downsides to freelancing . So before entering a freelancing career, it is good to know the disadvantages of freelancing. If you do not succeed in entering a freelancing career without knowing the reason, you may fall into financial difficulties.
The Difficulties of Freelancing:
- There is no security or guarantee of work. Sometimes it will happen, you will not get a job for the whole month.
- Since most people do not understand the subject of freelancing, they do not consider freelancing as a respectable job.
- You have to do your own work. There is no opportunity to do it with others.
- There are some difficulties of payment in our country.
- There is no opportunity to communicate directly with the clients.
How much money can be earned by freelancing?
How much money you can earn by freelancing will depend on your work skills. The better the quality of your work, the more jobs you will get in the freelancing market and the more jobs you get, the more money you will be able to earn. Here you need to increase the amount of dollars you can earn through work by proving your skills.
Freelancers usually earn money through contracts in hours, days and weeks. In this case, the better the position in the freelancing market, the more work he can get and earn more money.
The image above is taken from the popular freelancing marketplace Upwork. Mr. Amanur Rahman is the most popular Bangladeshi freelancer of Upwork. He works with web design and development. As you can see in the picture above, he has already done about 202 jobs from the upwork freelancing market. He currently earns ৫০ 50 per hour for work. In this case, if he does any work for 5 hours, then he will get 250 dollars (Bangladeshi 20 thousand rupees) for 5 hours.
Besides, you can see the picture of Bangladeshi popular freelancer for two more in the picture above. They also charge ৫০ 50 per hour for their work. How much you earn per hour or how much you get for a job will depend on your popularity and quality of work. All in all, the more you can prove your worth in the freelancing market, the more money you can make by freelancing.
There are many good freelancers in our country who are earning 3 to 5 lakh rupees per month. Moreover, there are many good freelancers in our neighboring country India, who earn 4/5 lakh rupees per month.
What is the position of Bangladesh in freelancing?
Bangladesh is after India in freelancing. About 26 percent of the world’s freelancing population lives in Bangladesh. Freelancers in Bangladesh are more interested in Sales and Marketing Support, Creative and Multimedia, Software Development, Web Design and Development, Graphics Design, Video Editing and Technology. The average monthly salary of freelancers in Bangladesh is about 60 US dollars or 5 thousand rupees. However, there is a way to earn more from freelancing in Bangladesh.
As you can see in the picture above, according to the 2019 report, Bangladesh is in the 7th position in freelancing. Our neighbor India is only 2% ahead of Bangladesh. Our country has about 26% of the freelancers in the world. Moreover, our neighboring country Pakistan is in the 4th position in the freelancing career. I believe that by 2020, Bangladesh will move closer to Pakistan in its freelancing career.
How to start freelancing?
You already know that freelancing can be done online from home. So to do freelancing online you need to have a computer or laptop and internet connection.
Then the most important thing that will be needed for freelancing is that you have to have the skill to work on any one subject. Now you ask yourself, what work can you do well, which you can do very easily if someone asks you to do it. If you have the experience, skills and desire to work in any job, you can earn smart amount of income by freelancing. You can’t do freelancing if you don’t have skills in any subject.
If you do not have experience in any subject, then you need to learn a job well first. When it comes to learning a job, I would say that you must learn a job that you are interested in doing and that you think you can easily learn. In this case, spend 6 months to 1 year to learn the job.
You may think that it is not possible for you to spend 1 year for freelancing. Then I will tell you directly, brother freelancing is not for you. Try to do something else without worrying about freelancing. There is no obligation to do freelancing in order to survive. If you think that you can start earning money from tomorrow by starting freelancing today without knowing the work, then earning money from freelancing will be just a dream for you.
Think in general sense, a person in our country studies for 18 to 20 years to get Honors / Masters starting from Class One in the hope of getting a job. After a long 20 years of study, he competed in the job market with millions of people to get a job with a salary of 20/30 thousand rupees. Then if he can survive in that tough competition, he works every day from 9 am to 5 pm and gets a salary of 20/30 thousand rupees per month.
If a person can work for 20 years to get a job of 20/30 thousand rupees, why don’t you spend a minimum of 1 year to earn 50 thousand to 1 lakh rupees per month by freelancing? So as I said before, freelancing is not for you if you don’t have that little patience.
Freelancing for whom?
- Those who have experience in minimum work.
- Those who have a lot of interest in learning the job.
- Those who are not greedy for cash income (the party that comes today and earns tomorrow).
- Those who do not have extra greed for money.
- Those who have good English skills.
- Those who know how to communicate at the international level.
I think you have learned from the above discussion how to start freelancing . One thing you should know clearly, there is no easy or shortcut way to make money online by freelancing. Freelancing is a way to earn money. So if you want to earn a lot of dollars by freelancing, first you have to be proficient in one subject. Your skills will pave the way for making money from freelancing.
Here are some things to look for when selecting a freelancer:
1. You have to set your own goals
First you have to decide whether you will work full time as a freelancing profession or part time freelancing as well as a job or other profession. If you want to be a successful freelancer, you have to choose freelancing as a full time job. On the other hand, if you want to earn extra money through freelancing by using your talent in addition to the job, you have to take some time out to work. If you try to do freelancing when you are happy without maintaining time, you cannot expect to get much success by freelancing.
2. What will you work on?
What you can do freelancing or what you have experience and skills, you have to decide first. If you are not an expert in any subject, then you have to decide for yourself which subject you will learn and what you are interested in learning. If you ask yourself a question about what you want to do or get interested in, then you will get the answer on your own.
However, if you do freelancing with three jobs, you will not be able to get much benefit. You can choose the subject of your work by considering the following issues.
You have to work on a topic (niche) that is in demand in the freelancing market. Because if you work with a topic that does not have a demand for work, you will not find a job to be a freelancing marketplace.
- Work on the work that you have the skills and experience to do.
- Work on topics that you like to research or that you love to learn new things about.
- Work on things that never bother you.
3. Which freelancing sites will you work on?
There are thousands of freelancing marketplaces online where different organizations (clients) are looking for freelancers to get their work done. You must work in such a popular freelancing marketplace. Because there are more clients in the popular marketplace, there is a possibility of getting more jobs.
If you can work efficiently and faithfully in one or two popular freelancing marketplaces, you can increase your popularity in those marketplaces in a very short time. And once you prove yourself on popular sites, no one will be able to stop you from succeeding in freelancing.
Maintaining loyalty and quality of work is very important in the freelancing market. Because if you supply the client with the fidelity of what works well and if the client likes your work, the clients will offer you the job again and again. Then you don’t have to worry about getting a job.
5 Popular Freelancing Marketplaces
The following 5 freelancing marketplaces are currently the most popular among the thousands of online marketplaces. You can do freelancing work by having an account in this marketplace.
1. Fiver – Fiverr.Com
Fiverr is currently the most popular freelancing marketplace in the world. Most of the freelancers in Bangladesh work in fiber. There are many high priced projects starting from 5 on Fiber. Web Design, Web Development, Graphics Design, Logo Design, Voice Record, Article Writing, Digital Marketing, Social Marketing and many more.
2. Upwork – Upwork.Com
Upwork is another popular freelancing marketplace in the world. It first started activities called Odesk. In 2015, the site was renamed Odesk, merging with another popular freelancing platform, Elance Upwork. Upwork offers fixed and hourly rates. PayPal, Pioneer and bank transfer methods are available to withdraw money from here.
3. Freelancer.com – Freelancer.Com
Freelancer.com is one of the foremost online based job marketplaces, where fixed price and hourly rate projects are available. There are also plenty of online jobs available here. The number of freelancers here is a bit less than Fiber and Upwork. Income can be withdrawn from Freelancer.com through PayPal, Skrill, Pioneer and Bank Transfer.
4. Guru – Guru.Com
More than 3 million people from all over the world work in this marketplace. There are many more types of job offers available, including web design, web development, graphics design, logo design, article writing. Both types of jobs are available on this site, including fixed price and hourly. There are opportunities to use PayPal, Pioneer and bank transfer methods to withdraw money from here.
5. Toptal – Toptal.Com
Toptal is another popular freelancing site. This marketplace has gained a lot of popularity recently. Currently, more than 2 million people around the world are working in this marketplace. There are also plenty of online jobs available here. Like other marketplaces, almost all types of demanding jobs are available here. Income can be withdrawn from here by PayPal, Pioneer and bank transfers.
What to do on freelancing sites?
To work in any of the above freelancing marketplaces, you must first create a profile or account. Then you need to organize your profile well. You need to create a complete profile with what you know, what you have the skills and experience to do, your social media profile, your education qualification, your website address, your personal contact and picture.
In addition, you can write down how you work with clients, how quickly someone performs the job after you have been hired, and if you have already done any work, you can shorten the reference to that job. Especially if you have already created a website of an organization or company, sharing the link of that website will be more beneficial for you.
The better you can build a portfolio by combining your work experience and job type, the more easily a client will be interested in hiring you. Remember, however, that no lies can be used to get a job. You can never succeed in freelancing by trickery.
How to learn freelancing? Where do I do a freelancing course?
There is a lot of trade going on in our country with freelancing courses and freelancing teaching. Due to the misconceptions of most people about freelancing, some coaching centers have started freelancing courses and are making millions of rupees by giving freelance education to the common people.
There is no such thing as a freelance course. There is no need to take any kind of course for freelancing. Freelancing requires your expertise in any one subject. If you have skills in any one subject, you can open an account in different freelancing marketplaces and do freelancing by yourself.
You will not need to take any kind of freelancing course to learn how to set up an account in different marketplaces, how to organize a portfolio, how to communicate with clients and how to apply for a job. You can learn all these things online from various blogs and YouTube.
The bottom line is that you will need any job skills to build a freelancing career or to work in freelancing. In this case, if you do not have skills in any subject, then you can acquire skills by taking a course in that subject from any institution.
For example, if you have skills in video editing, web design and development, graphic design and content writing, etc., you can earn money by freelancing yourself without any kind of course. But if you can’t do all this work or any other work, then you have to learn a job to do freelance work.
So you understand that there is no need to take a freelancing course to earn money by freelancing. To become a freelancer, you must first learn a job.
You can take a course on any of the following topics for freelancing-
Graphics Design: Almost all companies and organizations need different types of graphics design including making different types of banners, making logos. So you can take a course on graphics design from any institution.
Digital Marketing: Digital marketing is the use of digital media and digital technology to manage the sale of products or services through online / internet. And all the types or methods we use for marketing are digital marketing. There is a huge demand for this type of work in various freelancing marketplaces.
Article Writing: If you have a habit of writing or have previous experience of writing a blog, you can further enhance your writing experience by taking a course on article writing. Good quality content writers are always sought after in various freelancing marketplaces.
Web Design and Development: Nowadays every company and every organization needs a website. So if you can become proficient in this field, there will be no shortage of your work in the freelancing market.
Video Editing and Animation : There are many prices for video editing and animation in both online and offline markets. If you learn this job, you will be able to earn a lot of money by freelancing.
Is it compulsory to know English for freelancing?
In fact, in order to earn money by freelancing, you have to communicate in English with the client in all types of freelancing marketplaces. Because most of the clients in the freelancing market are from outside Bangladesh. So since they do not know Bengali, there is no other way to communicate or chat with them except English.
However, there are some topics that you can do for freelancing even if you don’t know enough English. You can communicate with buyers only if you know a little English about your subject.
For example, working on graphic design, web design and video editing and animation will work even if you don’t know English well. Only if you know a little English on this topic can you do freelancing. But you can’t work in the freelancing market if you don’t know enough English to work with digital marketing and article writing.
Frequently asked questions
Ans: Freelancing is the process of making money by reaching out to the clients online by concluding work contracts with different clients online from home. Or to put it another way, freelancing is the process of earning money by working online through contracts with various individuals and organizations using one’s talents and experience.
A: You need to have a computer or laptop and internet connection to do online freelancing work. Then the most important thing that will be needed for freelancing is that you have to have the skill to work on any one subject. Freelancing can easily make money if you have experience in graphic design, digital marketing, article writing, web design and development, and video editing and animation.
A: Freelancing is a digital marketplace. In that market you can earn money by working for others. Or if you want, you can get your work done at low cost with others through freelancing market place. Freelancing is basically a kind of free profession, where you can work and get free to do whatever you want.
A: Freelancing is definitely halal. Because you are earning money by freelancing in exchange for work. Freelancing has nothing to do with haraam or illegal work.
A: There is no such thing as a freelancing course. There is no need to take any kind of course for freelancing. Freelancing requires your expertise in any one subject. If you have skills in any one subject, you can open an account in different freelancing marketplaces and do freelancing by yourself.
A: If you have skills in a subject, you can take a course from that institution to increase your skills. However, if you do not have the skills to work in any subject, you can choose one or two profitable topics for freelancing and become an expert by taking a course in an institution.
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A: The image above is taken from the Fiber Marketplace. Fiber Marketplace is in demand for a wide range of topics including graphics design, digital marketing, article writing, video editing, web development and lifestyle. Moreover the demand for every such job is in all types of freelancing marketplaces.
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