The world economy isn’t well.
My country’s economy isn’t well.
The company that employs me isn’t doing well.
And I have the funny feeling I’m not the only first-world rat racer who is looking for additional income. I just come out of a 1-hour conversation with one of my best friends who is dreaded by the outlook for us thirty-somethings. We’re both employed as managers in multinationals, yet I had to put in a lot of effort to motivate him again.
Additional income can be reached in one of two ways: either cutting back on existing expenses, or increasing the monthly revenue. I’ll tell you more on the former later, but let’s just contemplate the latter here.
Over the last few months, I started looking around for what an entrepreneurial mind like mine could be doing. As an economist, I have a limited skill set that is typically applied on a full-time basis in a company, with colleagues and bosses and deadlines and all that good stuff. Unlike so many others out there on the net, I don’t write code, I don’t design logos, do nothing creative and am a relatively poor writer. I have some down time to fill, but what is out there for me?
Freelancing is out there for me.
***Just some thoughts from my side on freelancing
Freelancing is a good idea because
1. It allows you to something you like outside office hours
2. You diversify your income streams, so less risk with you regular job. Less risk, less stress. Less stress…less stress. Yay!
3. You develop professional excellence at something by yourself. Comes in handy with the next job interview. “Mr, your current job does not show any technical affinity” “Well that may be true, but please see my references as a freelancers on what I have been doing there”
Freelancing is also a bad idea because
1. You lose focus from your core day activity
2. When taken seriously, it requires a significant time investment and drains energy, usually at a lower pay than your day job.
End of thought stream***
I stumbled upon Freelancer.com, a big active site that brings together employers and a skilled workforce for all kind of work. And also… business men. What I enjoyed in the last two months, is a good exposure to business owners who needed the skills of a good… back office worker. And that I can do!
Amazing, isn’t it? I earned a couple of hundred dollars by doing exactly the thing which a regular white-collar worker is trained for. I admit, I was not picky, so I have been building some excel sheets, helped an Australian business owner follow up on his invoice payments, and did a translation into French.
The timing of this post is now, because I just accepted a nice customer analysis job… on a hairdresser’s saloon. He wants to know which customers come back and which part of the city they live in.
The post is called ‘baby steps’ and that is exactly what it is… if I tell you my account, you’ll see no impressive figures. To be honest, the pay rate per hour is very uhm.. Indian-like. But man.. I find it exiting and it nurtures my entrepreneurial self. Wish me luck! More to follow.