It's a Different Playing Field
The online workspace is like the wild west. Out with the rules of the old world and in with new. New means simply that you need to be hungry enough to learn and to adapt. The freelance space in particular is quickly evolving. What's more, it’s evolving in a way that is breaking free of some heavy shackles from the workforce systems of old. One in particular; no glass ceiling. No matter your sex, your ability, disability, orientation, nationality, there is a place for you in freelancing.
Nothing To Hold You Back But Your Own Talent and Drive
Have a stutter that you feel has held you back in your career? No one cares about it in the virtual world. Need to drive your children to daycare and pick them up at a certain time but your boss says that isn’t working with your work hours? Well, no one would care about that in the freelance world. Pick up your kids whenever you gosh darn feel like it, just get the work done when you need to. The only thing that matters is completing the work you agreed to at the quality you agreed to. How you get there, is up to you.
You Can Be Almost Anyone
The virtual world is liberating since you are not being judged on appearances. Just think about that for a minute. For anyone that works in the corporate world, where the cut of your suit or last years Michaels Kors shoes can put you in a box that you didn’t want to be put in, this type of liberation is long overdue. The exclusive clubs, the network schmoozing, showing off wealth and parading it around like peacock, this for some people can be debilitating. So much so, that their talent will never truly go appreciated or they may never have the courage to show it off. The freelance world then is a safe haven. Your profile picture, can be a logo and as long as you can craft an email properly, then there is a space where you can thrive.
Women Are Rising In Freelancing
Over the past 3 years women have really started to catch on the finding a career sans glass ceiling and with the benefit of flexible work hours. In the UK more than 80% of new freelancers are women. It is no wonder, the two biggest obstacles that have always made it hard for women to feel that they are completely satisfied in their career; balancing the duites of child rearing and workplace sexism, are much lower in the freelance world. Although these obstacles may still exists somewhat, they are not nearly at the same level. Freelancing doesn't provide maternity leave, that is up to you, but what it does do is allow you to create your own hours and work from home for as long as you want. For many women that is enough to keep things balanced. Finding the perfect career that can tick all the boxes in down right impossible (unless you have really low expectations) but creating one that is almost perfect is definitely possible in freelancing. For more information on how you can start on your freelancing career check out more of our blog and find us on Pinterest.
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Author: Tatiana Rivers; Tati Rivs Social Media Marketing