Why are freelancing jobs thriving and a perfect choice for women today? Before we start judging the book by its cover, let us clarify this post has nothing to do with the comparison between Employees /Work from Home or Freelancing jobs. This article is a piece of voice to share the author’s personal experience as a freelancer.
What is Freelancing?
A freelancer is a self-employed person who works independently to offer services, often on several jobs for multiple clients at one time. Does this clarify the moot point, that freelancing jobs doesn’t only means work-from-home or work-life-balance? Freelancers are typically considered contractors or independent creative workers who are assigned on a per-project-fee basis.
A freelancer tends to work in the creative, skilled, or service sector, such as in blogging, influencing, copywriting, journalism, editing, proofreading, media, content creation, vlogging, etc.
Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Women Entrepreneurs
Pandemic affected women more than men, resulting in many women losing their jobs and staying at home. For example, many renters moved back to their native cities with a work-from-home shift in big corporate houses. Forcing domestic helpers to lose their livelihood. The impact was on high-paid jobs as well as the service industry.
Freelancing jobs proved a better option for many women who lost their jobs to pandemic. Though there are many benefits of being a freelancer, with certain drawbacks too. Such as, the uncertainty of work, job stability, and lower wages.
Why I Chose to do Freelancing Jobs for a Career
Firstly, as mentioned above freelancing jobs provide the freedom to be your own boss. Though there are limitations too, however, it is still better than nothing. Secondly, as a freelancer, I get the creative freedom to choose the projects I wish to work on and concentrate more on my personal growth.
Freelancing jobs help women attain financial independence while still managing family time. However, work pressure mounts in freelancing projects too, but with no time constraint, things are manageable.
Being self-employed also provides a sense of accomplishment, freelancing helps in building self-confidence and personality development, with a sense of financial responsibility.
No Strings attached – freelancing does not seek full-time commitment, and you are hired on a project-to-project or on paid per work basis. This provides flexibility and allows you to work on multiple projects at one time.
Challenges Faced by Women with Freelancing Jobs
Has it helped me to break down the shackles of societal pressure and prejudices? The answer would be a NO. Indian society and a typical household mindset still consider freelancing as a seasonal job. No matter how hard women work to prove their career choices, we are always subjected to social judgments.
Prejudices attached to full-time employed women versus freelancer self-employed women make it even tougher to sustain in the competitive world. Women are expected to work and also manage their family is the biggest challenge when it comes to career choices women make.
Employed women are supposed to make certain sacrifices when it comes to career growth and sustainability. Freelancers have the freedom to work on their terms, but job security and workflow are huge challenges.
No matter whichever path women choose, there will be few who judge them. But, beauty is in overcoming each prejudice with work and achieving your dreams.
Freelancing is a big game changer for many, and it is growing at a faster pace. Choose what suits you and makes you happy!
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