Freelancing: The Experience To Be Your Own Boss - Umamah Asif Burney

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Freelancing, a new word that has popped up in the work industry and is considered a blessing for the unemployed youth of Pakistan. Freelancing, in general, is the idea of working remotely and selling your skills online. As a freelancer, the possibilities are endless and, without the need to follow company guidelines and rules, there is no barrier to creative expression. People all around the world freelance as a side hustle or as a full-time job. Reports suggest that due to the diversity and flexibility of freelancing, it can be pursued by anyone at any age.

In the freelancing community, there are people as young as 16 and as old as 60. This shows that freelancing has a space for everyone. One of the biggest advantages of freelancing that attracts people is the fact that it is very time-flexible meaning a person can work at any time they prefer. Secondly, in freelancing, there is no authority that a person needs to answer to as they work for themselves, which results in more flexibility in projects and getting to choose what they want to do. Freelancing also allows to gain work experience in many different fields as there is no one stream of work that one has to be stuck at, rather many different types of streams of works can be tried and joined. The biggest magnetic quality of freelancing is the pay it can provide. On average, freelancers around the globe can earn from 20 to 25 dollars per project and, depending on the number of projects they do monthly, this figure can create a fortune.

In Pakistan, freelancing has gone from being an inadequate project that only results in laziness and disgrace in society to a viable means of income and side hustle for many. Since 2018, Pakistan has risen as the 4th freelancing hub in the world and the biggest freelancing hub of Asia. The freelancing community earns half a billion dollars annually and earns substantial foreign exchange for Pakistan. In the freelancing community of Pakistan, web designing and graphic designing are the most popular freelancing categories but, as mentioned above, the choice of careers and streams of work are infinite. Now, as many people have started to work in freelancing as a full-time job, Pakistan has acquired 9% of total freelancers as of this year. Though the earnings of freelancers went through a major setback in the first half of the global pandemic, their incomes rose about 40% more than usual in the second half.