A successful freelance career depends on planning and positioning. Come with me to find out why freelance is not synonymous with beak and how you can improve your professional positioning.
What will you be when you grow up? Definitely my response, as a child, was not “I want to be a freelander.” I do not see myself doing anything else these days.
In the following lines, we will see a bit of why I believe that the positioning of the independent professional is fundamental to establish a good image to the market, which usually brings more profit.
If you still think about freelance review as a job to earn a little while while not getting something else, this article is exactly what you need to read.
Is there a difference between being a freelander and making nozzles?
The shortest and most direct answer is: yes, it’s completely different. But I’ll tell you: you make beaks to pay for the bulge that hung from last month or because you’re after a little extra grain to buy something you’ve been wanting for months.
You can even look at your freelance work like this, however it is advisable to take it, let’s say, more seriously.
Self-employment has evolved a lot, and competition is increasing every day. It is a new mode compared to what we are accustomed, for example, to the contracting CLT.
Therefore, the more professionals we show, the greater the chances of the market valuing us as a skilled workforce, who is not working to earn a few extra changes at the end of the month.
Without wanting to sound so much like barroom psychology or stage entrepreneurship, this difference between beak and freelance work is not just a semantic issue, or an attempt to gourmetize informal work. For me, it’s a matter of establishing the right mindset to create a career, plan a sustainable career path.
Perhaps a better word to sum it all up is positioning. How do you position yourself?
Are you reviewing friends once in a while or are you a newbie freelance reviewer looking for opportunities?
Not worth wasting time with beaks
The differences between the beak and the freela are, in my opinion, these:
Nozzle: quick, short-term work that will have little impact on your future.
Freela: work for a certain time or not, which is part of a larger plan, which will have an impact in the future.
Maybe your goal is even to take a quick job to pay for that ticket. No problem there. However, proofreading requires both study and dedication, as well as not being the fastest type of work in general, which I believe is not worth putting that much effort into something that will not go forward.
Having a “good eye for spelling mistakes” may be a good indication that you have some way to do the thing, but this task covers only a small part of the freelance reviewer’s work on a daily basis.
For you to have an idea, besides knowing the language very well (which includes uses that go beyond the standard standard, depending on the type of text reviewed), only in the operational part of the business, the reviewer still has to deal with:
ABNT standards and exclusive standards of each client;
employment of the correct tone of voice;
formatting (titles, bold, italics, paragraph indents …);
adequacy of the text to the target audience.
For this reason I insist so much that it is necessary qualification, not only the strictly academic of a course of Literature or Journalism, but also that which is offered in free courses and certifications. Joining already experienced professionals is also a great way to get started in the trade.
Now, if you want to be a freelancer, take a step ahead of operational knowledge: you have to start seeing yourself as a real mini-company. You will need to deal with much more than the operational one, since the other functions of the company will also be yours, like marketing, commercial, financial, service etc.
Are you a professional?
It may be by chance that you become a freelancer, but it is not by chance that you remain a freelancer.
I’m probably stealing this phrase from somewhere, so I apologize. It makes a lot of sense in the scenario that we live in Brazil today, with a crisis that has lasted some time and the unemployment that only grows. It is in this scenario that many have turned their attention to entrepreneurship, whether opening a company to sell products, or providing services through the internet.
Keep in mind that if you already have a profession, it will be much easier to become a freelancer, for the reasons listed above. The amount of new knowledge to learn will be less, because the operational part will be dominated.
In my experience, for example, it was fundamental to have people teach me the work bases that I use until today in my day to day life. Being in the market with other colleagues is still an interesting differential before flying solo.
What does it take to be considered professional?
The first and fundamental point for success in your independent trajectory is: the customer needs to be able to count on you. That is: it’s no use you being the best technical professional if you are not there at the time (previously agreed upon) that your client needs help.
Another point that seems to me to be fundamental is whether the reviewer – but also applicable to other professionals – knows how to “turn around”. Did you see an unconventional file for review? No problem! Has he had a terrible linguistic doubt? Calm down, the reviewer knows where to look for the solution!
This is the type of attitude one expects from those who call themselves professionals: knowing how to deal with contingencies to solve problems.
Finally, a question: What motivates you to be a freelancer?
As you reflect on this, you will understand if you are really building a freelance career or need something to fill a quick need. If you have a long-term plan and interest in building something on top of all the learning needed to do a good job.
The best part of being a freelancer is, on the one hand, the freedom to be responsible for our decisions. Thus, we can decide schedules, niches of action, where we will work.
On the other hand, we have our duties and responsibilities, such as running after customers, keeping the agenda right, helping the community and colleagues, having patience and resilience in difficult times and humility when everything is in the works.
And remember: Even if you work as part-time freelancer, all of these questions apply to you. Take it easy, get organized and enjoy the best that little piece of freelance life can offer.