What is freelance?

What Does freelance Mean

The English term freelance is often used in our language, although the Royal Spanish Academy ( RAE ) recognizes it as freelance . The literal translation refers to a "free spear" and, by extension, a "mercenary" .

Freelance is a worker who develops his activity autonomously : that is, without a fixed and dependent relationship with an employer. The freelance worker, in this way, sells his work to different companies, charging each of them for the fruit of his labor.
Many journalists and designers are freelancers. What they do is receive specific commissions for jobs: articles, interviews, brochure design, etc. Once they fulfill the order and deliver it, they obtain an amount of money specifically for what has been done, which must be agreed upon by mutual agreement before carrying out the work (although there are exceptional cases in which this is determined at the end).

Freelancers (or freelancer), therefore, charge for work done . They do not have a fixed salary or enjoy benefits such as paid vacations, Christmas bonus or leave. They themselves must pay the taxes corresponding to their work and also the social charges (social work, retirement). As points in their favor, they enjoy the possibility of managing their schedules, they can work from home (even saving on travel expenses) and they do not have a direct boss.
A journalist who wants to practice his profession freelance, for example, can put together a website with his resume and publish some notes of his authorship as a sample. You can then contact magazines and digital portals that may be interested in your work. Thus, over time, the journalist begins to sell his articles to different media. At the end of each month, the sum of the values ​​of the notes that you have sold in the period constitutes your income.
Being a freelancer may seem like the perfect solution to many of the most common dependency problems, but it also has its downsides. In general, people decide to follow this path for the development of their professional activities for reasons such as the following:
* Your profession is not very profitable, that is, you do not have a great job opportunity in traditional markets, and that is why it may be more beneficial to venture into new ways of exercising it;
* You do not have enough experience to seek employment in a company and you prefer to spend a couple of years growing on your own and then access a good position using your new knowledge and tools;

* you have reduced mobility, either permanently or until you recover from an accident or surgery, for example.
The problem in some of these cases is that being freelance is much more than getting rid of the dependency work system: it is a lifestyle that not everyone can maintain. Perhaps the most difficult aspect to solve is the organization of one's own time: when one has the possibility to decide what time to start working, without anyone opposing or complaining, it may happen that they leave their obligations until the last minute.
The greatest benefit of being a freelancer does not lie in the freedom itself, but in learning how to make good use of it. It is very satisfying to have control of your own schedules, to know exactly how much time we will dedicate to work, without surprises such as overtime (often unpaid).
The secret to enjoying life as a freelancer is to be very clear about its disadvantages (such as the aforementioned absence of extra pay or vacations covered by the employer) and prepare to face them with a little effort each month.

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