As a registered pharmacist by profession, with more than 10 years of experience in different field of pharmaceutical practice local and abroad, jumping from one job to another, I found myself in the limelight of exploring the world. Being a woman, I feel lucky to be living in the twenty-first century, the time that gives much more opportunities for women. I have an astonishing career and work ahead of me. Building a career and being entirely devoted to one’s work isn’t easy and requires a lot of time and effort. Of course, if this is something a woman likes and wants to do in life, she would by no means be devoted to the work and be rewarded afterward. But despite the fame, leisures and all the money I am getting, there is some part of me is missing. There comes a moment where I decided to have a life. A life where I can share for a lifetime. A family. Does it mean my career is over? Does it mean I have to choose between the two? How much time would I be able to devote if I continue working hard?
Other people says that we can combine the career and the family. While it might be possible to have a successful career and to become a good mother, I think we should have priorities in everything we do in life. It would have been great if we had more than 24 hours in a day and could have time for everything, but, unfortunately, it’s impossible. And we still try to do too many things, we will have to face such consequences as sleep deprivation, lots of stress inability to concentrate properly and constant blaming of oneself for not being able to cope with all the tasks.
Since I have to find the time for everything, it is essential to direct it to the most important things during a certain period of life. Choosing between career and motherhood is a huge decision, it’s like stepping out from your comfort zone, nevertheless it is my child that I am choosing and no regret for that. Nothing can surpass the fulfillment of watching every single milestone my baby has achieved. So, instead of torturing myself and struggling to find the time for both, my child and career. It’s much more efficient to devote at least some time to my son, and then come back to one’s work and continue making a successful career.
Growing and feeding a child is never easy especially when it comes to financial requirements. I have to sustain our daily living by all means without compromising my time and attention to my son. So, here knocks the freelancing opportunity.
Instead of spending time scrolling through Facebook status updates, liking Instagram posts, or chatting on messenger, why not come up with the idea of earning money from it while enjoying the perks of being a freelance mom.
When most people think of freelancers, they think of creative jobs; writing, editing, perhaps advertising and marketing gigs. While those areas are full of opportunities for entrepreneurial types who want to work at home, either on full-time or part-time basis, they’re far from the only occupations that lend themselves to the freelance life.
To give you an idea, here’s a roundup of several freelance jobs — some you’d never expect.
Let’s start with the obvious: freelance writing is the classic work-from-home job. If you’re not already toiling away in virtual ink, however, you might not realize how many different types of freelance writing jobs there are. From journalism to copywriting, blogging to social media, there are writing jobs for every temperament and type of experience.
2. Editing and Proofreading
Whether you’re a seasoned grammarian or just someone with a solid eye for detail, the internet teems with editing and proofreading gigs for your level of skill and experience.
3. Marketing and PR
If you have a phone and an internet connection reliable enough to sustain a Skype meeting, you can do your marketing or PR job from the comfort of your own home. Just be prepared to take the occasional on-site meeting.
In many cases, the client will want to look their marketing or PR pro in the eye once in a while — and not just over a webcam. Social media coordinator and manager jobs also fall under this umbrella, and as easy to do from home as from an office.
Transcription jobs generally come in three flavors: medical, legal, and market research.
The latter requires the least amount of study, in terms of familiarizing yourself with the specialized technical language of the field. In most instances, transcription jobs are meted out by an agency, which will require you to take a typing test and then set you up with jobs as needed.
5. Data Entry
If you can type 60 words a minute or more, and find repetitive work more Zen than dull, data entry jobs might work for you.
6. Virtual Assistant Work
If you have experience as a personal assistant, administrative assistant, or office manager, you can do a similar job for a variety of clients, from the comfort of your own home. Virtual assistants provide administrative support over the phone and internet, often working through an agency that connects them with clients.
7. Call Center Jobs
Virtual call center jobs are basically the same gig as the in-person job, minus the trip to the call center. One caveat: make sure you know if the company will provide paid training, or if you’re supposed to pony up for your own start-up costs.
8. Online Tutoring Jobs
Coach elementary, middle school, high school, or college students on a variety of subjects, via the internet. Most companies will want teaching experience in the subject you’re tutoring, plus a college degree.
9. Your Full-Time Job, as a Freelance Job
Don’t assume that your current occupation is incompatible with freelance life. Many jobs that seem firmly rooted in the brick-and-mortar world of physical offices and facilities are actually perfect for freelancing. For instance, Registered Nurses can find a variety of freelance gigs that require their licensure, skills, and experience, including case management for insurance companies, telephone triage, and medical call center work.
There are many different variations on how freelancers are working and defining their work today. According to Dictionary.com, “a freelancer is a person who contends in a cause or in a succession of various causes, as he or she chooses, without personal attachment or allegiance”. In short, a self-employed person.
So, who are these freelancers? According to studies, there are now 5 different types of freelancers, and see what kind of freelance work might be right for you.
5 Types of Freelancer
1. Independent Contractors
These “traditional” freelancers don’t have an employer and instead do freelance, temporary, or supplemental work on a project- to-project basis. Independent contractors don’t have traditional job, hey are often called by large corporations to supplement longer-term, large projects such as a major technology rollout. You need to ensure that you perform your jobs well and be recognized as a an expert in your field. Word of mouth is everything. Professional freelancers tend to work very hard as they are fully aware that their next project depends on the success of the one they are currently engaged in.
Professionals with a primary, traditional job who also moonlight doing freelance work to supplement their regular income. For example, a corporate- employed web developer who also does projects for non-profits in the evening or during weekends.
3. Diversified workers
People with multiple sources of income from a mix of traditional employers and freelance work. For example, someone who works the front desk at a dentist’s office 20 hours a week and fills out the rest of his income driving for Uber and doing freelance writing.
4. Temporary Workers
Individuals with a single employer, client, job, or contract project where their employment status is temporary. Consultants often take on these longer term jobs, which can be extended indefinitely. For example, a business strategy consultant working for one startup client on a contract basis for a months-long project.
5. Freelance Business Owners
Business owners with between one and five employees who consider themselves both a freelancer and a business owner. For example, a social marketing guru who hires a team of other social marketers to build a small agency, but still identifies as a freelancer.
It’s all about making a constant choice and enjoying different life periods, which can never be the same.