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Reclaiming The Word “Freelancer”

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In today’s salary-focused society, "freelancer" is a dirty word.

People associate freelancing with laziness and the desire to get by doing nothing more than the bare minimum. Whether it’s caused by real-life encounters or portrayals in Hollywood movies, freelancing is linked to perpetual underachievement.

Freelancing is a good option for individuals who don’t want to work hard and often, but it shouldn’t have such a bad connotation.

In reality, freelancing is just a different form of employment. Instead of getting hired to work on a consistent basis, you’re working on a single project. That's it.

One negative aspect of freelancing is the lack of a steady salary. When you’re starting off, there’s no paycheck to look forward to at the end of each week.

But hey, there is a light at the end of this tunnel. If you start looking into freelance jobs, you’ll find an abundance of opportunities. That’s because a lot of companies prefer to hire someone for a project instead of a long-term position.

 

Why is it important to redefine freelancing?

College students and graduates have the skills achieve success through online work. Though everyone’s definition of success may be different, freelancers will ultimately get out what they put in.

While some people would prefer to make enough money to pay the bills just to have the free time to pursue their hobbies, others might want to turn freelancing into something bigger. With enough effort, it’s possible to use the skills learned from freelancing to become your own boss and serve a wider audience.

When I started freelancing, I took whatever jobs I could get. One year later, I had grown my business, defined my niche and hired a staff to work for me. Now, I’m ready to show you how.

 

An online job for the real world.

I'm a firm believer that freelancing is best learned online. The digital space is the perfect environment to try out the trade. That’s because any bumps and bruises will be earned with relative anonymity.

Once you're comfortable playing the freelance game, you can move on from the digital marketplace to actively pursuing higher-level clients online and in person. It’s a great benefit to  have the time to find your voice and build your confidence.

Flexibility, fun and freedom

The real attraction of freelancing is the ability to do things your way.

Want to work from outside the office? Find a cozy seat on your couch.

Want to never be told what you have to wear? Sit in your pajamas all damn day.

Want to be able to curse on the job? You can because nobody gives a fuck.

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There’s no doubt that work is an essential part of life. So why not set your own terms? With freelancing, it’s up to you to decide.

Graduate & Live encourages you to pursue a lifestyle that’s meaningful to you. It’s about earning enough money to be comfortable while having the free time to enjoy yourself.

The Graduate & Live Freelancing QuickStart Guide isn’t filled with magic recipes or get-rich-quick schemes, it’s a collection of tips and tricks learned over the years.

As I write this post from an internet cafe looking out at the beaches of Thailand, I’m living proof that the instructions in the guide are valuable.

We provide the tools, but it’s your job to take the leap. Good luck and good health.

 
Ryan Astaphan
Ryan Astaphan
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