Signs That You Are Living The Top Myths of Freelancing

UnicornMyths arises because of poor knowledge about things. Some myths are exaggerated claims, others bear truth in them, and others are just plain myths that needs busting. Below is a list of top myths that envelopes some truth in them and how freelancers make them into reality.

Before you go on reading, take note that this is a subjective view of the myths as heard from the people I know who have received the following  remarks. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments below.

Myth #1 Freelancers rarely go out

Not true, I know some freelancers who go out and meet with fellow freelancers in a coffee shop just to have a chat while working. There are also party animals of our bunch. Like most people, we also love spending our evenings watching TV or in a restaurant with our lovey dovey or in a concert.

Living the Myth:

Then again you can’t blame people for being too comfortable inside their homes. I am guilty of this, for two weeks now I have not seen even a single neighbor. *laughs*

Myth #2 People enter freelancing because they can’t get a job

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Contrary to this, I can cite my story. Everything’s going pretty awesome at my previous job, pay was above average, and up to now I’m receiving e-mails from companies where I’ve sent my CV months ago but I’d rather stay at home and venture to the limitless possibilities of freelancing. Other people left their jobs and are now successful freelancers (I’m not Yet included here). Others actually prefer freelancing because they don’t want a boss to be nagging them around, or they’re better working alone.

Living the Myth:

Unfortunately there are indeed people who enter the world of freelancing because either the job market is too full to accommodate them or their skills do not meet with companies’ standards. This is a sad thing to happen to anyone who’s actively seeking but can’t.

Myth #3 Freelancers = not quality work

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Most freelancers are actually more professional than people working in an office setting. They are more mature and can handle daunting tasks alone, without the need of back up from a team/company.

Living the Myth:

If the service provider does not produce quality work, then either he’s not content with what the client is giving him or he’s not ready for the job. Sadly this actually depends on the set of skills a service provider has and the expectation of the client.

Myth #4 Freelancers spend more time relaxing

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And there is this myth which states that freelancers spend most of their time not working and still earning, some do it like that especially for people who need to collect inspiration to come up with an original work (which in a sense is still work).

Living the Myth:

If you know someone who is not taking things seriously and just sitting pretty while work is ongoing then his days are numbered. Unless, of course, there’s no work to do or he’s a fast worker.

Myth #5 Freelancers spend more time working than in an office setting

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I know this contradicts Myth #4 but myths tend to contradict themselves right? It may look too tiring but do freelancers really work for more than 16 hours a day? Read on.

Living the Myth:

This only happen to people who are not good at managing their time. Deadline is on Friday? Get it done by Wednesday. On a lighter note: they may just be doing tomorrow’s amount of work, isn’t that adorable?

Myth #6 Freelancers don’t brush their teeth before working

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Not all, just some. Most freelancers love working feeling refreshed and relaxed. Shower before working adds focus; incidentally it gives sprout to new ideas too, that sly ideas-while-in-the-shower phenomenon.

Living the Myth:

Unhygienic! But it bears some truth. I was talking to a freelancer friend about the advantages of being at home, working. He mentioned that it is not a requirement that you brush your teeth before talking to you boss over the internet. And he hits the shower every midnight.

Myth #7 Freelancers are cheap labor

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This is actually what happens to most budding freelancers since they themselves do not know how much they should charge for their services. But in actuality most freelancers are skilled individuals you can’t find just anywhere near you. To be fair, for starters it is absolutely fine to charge cheap while building a good name but not all the time.

Living the Myth:

Freelancers agree to be paid less for two reasons: 1. No savings and 2. it’s raining(got fired).

Myth #8 Clients’ view: Risk

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Hiring a freelancer for a big project is a great risk. Is it? Actually, most freelancers, when bestowed a big project with great pay they will never do anything that would get them fired from the job. Freelancing itself is a risk, if clients think that hiring one is a risk, we are also thinking “what if he doesn’t pay?”

Living the Myth:

If there’s a smoke, there’s a fire. Unfortunately there are rude freelancers who are not mature enough to take responsibility. To clients out there, remember that the fault of the few does not reflect the whole.

The Question: Are you a Mythical Freelancer?

Rean John Uehara

Rean concurrently served as the Head of Operations and Editor-in-Chief of 1stwebdesigner from 2011 up until Aug 2014. He regularly writes about freelancing, technology, web design, and web development with a little touch of internet marketing here and there.

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Comments

  1. Aman says

    Good Article. I have been working on a website company for about 5 years. During this time, I find most of the developers
    – aren ot mature or not professional enough
    – depend a lot the teammate for the job to be done
    – always need backup from the expert
    – donot update themselves to a newer technology

    I am really tired working on this company and same is true for most of the companies. I think I should begun working as a Freelancer. This would bring me more flexibility.

  2. says

    Haha, nice post. I don’t think I would title it ‘myths’ but rather stereotypes. There are certainly half truths in each point you make.

    You summarised it well, ‘remember that the fault of the few does not reflect the whole.’

  3. says

    The term freelancer does draw up more judgmental conclusions than entrepreneur or business owner. I do however, connect with a few of these myths.

  4. says

    I keep seeing this article getting tweeted and so I decided to read through it. As someone who’s been a freelancer for a number of years, and also seen the experiences of clients and other freelancers, I have to unfortunately disagree with many of the points made here.

    Simply put, most of your myths really are not myths. They may not be entirely true, or not true in all cases, but they often are quite correct.

    Specifically:

    Myth #2: This is not generally true of *professional* freelancers, but is often true of the hobbyist or part-time class. If you think this isn’t the case you should spend more time on some of the freelancing job boards. They are filled with people who are there because they need money, not because they are qualified expert freelancers.

    Myth #3: Relates very much to #2. There is an epidemic of very poor quality work being done by unqualified freelancers. So much so that many people are now castigating all freelancers, not realizing that there is a big difference between pros and people just trying to make a quick buck.

    Myth #5: This is not a myth at all. Most freelancers *do* work more hours than people in an office setting, given the time required to not only do work but find it, market yourself, follow up with clients, etc. The advice given here under “Living the Myth” is simplistic and silly.

    Myth #7: See above. This is very common, it is not a myth. The majority of freelancers on the Internet today *are* there as a pool of cheap labor. Go to oDesk and take a look around.

    Myth #8: The level of risk depends entirely on the care and diligence that the client puts into the process of hiring the freelancer. It is very high when people use the general freelancing project boards.

  5. Rean John Uehara says

    No point in having a good discussion than having someone disagree with the points made. I am grateful to you for sharing your views here, as you have taken the time to write such an informative comment about your experience as a professional.

    Myth #2 – Uhm, yes not true for the *professional* freelancers, but if you will only notice, based on the context I never meant a professional one. A pro is out of the question here. A newbie in freelancing is. ;)

    Myth #3 – Indeed has a relation to Myth #2 because people who can’t find a job in a company might resort to such. Hence, without experience IN freelancing but can still deliver (as many of the people I know). It just so happen that you’ve seen the dark side and I’ve seen the lighter part of if.

    Myth #5 – Not an advice but merely a view of an “unqualified” freelancer. *chuckles*

    On your comment about Myth #7, that actually depends on the country you are in. Perhaps $15 a day for you is way below dust but for people who live in countries such as myself that amount is above average and can already feed a family of three. It’s all about perspective, actually.

    You seem to have a very good view of what a professional freelancer is based on the confidence your words carry, if ever you stumble upon this would you mind sharing your standards to call a freelancer a pro?

    Thanks for the comment, enjoyed it. :)

  6. Rahul says

    talking about this is indeed very important, and i found this topic very helpful for everyone ! i do agree with many points so thank you for sharing them

  7. Rean John Uehara says

    Thanks for pointing that out, I checked and it’s what you say it is. I’ll have it changed as soon as an editor is available. *facepalm*

  8. gz says

    I really enjoy reading this blog and I feel that it has some great content, but I just can’t let this pass…

    I’m not sure you know what that first image you used in this post is, but I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you don’t. I found it completely ignorant and disrespectful to the person that was tortured and murdered on that bed to include it in this post. Maybe a little more research before hitting Publish next time. Just my opinion.