What is the Definition of Freelance Work?

Many people aren’t exactly sure what freelance work is.  How can you be a freelancer if you work with the same company for more than a year?  Can you be a freelancer and receive a salary?  Below, we’ll discuss exactly what the definition of freelance work is and what it means to you.

A freelancer is someone who has chosen a specific industry and has learned all they can about that industry – we’ll use website writing for an example.  Freelance website writers keep up with the latest trends when it comes to website writing, what is getting results, what clients are asking for, etc. Then, they offer their services to potential clients for money.  Freelancers don’t usually have a commitment with a company on any long-term basis.  This doesn’t mean that a freelancer can’t work with a client for many years on and off – only that they aren’t committed to do so.

Freelancers usually get paid on a job-to-job basis, negotiating the price before the job is set to begin.  The amounts can vary greatly as well – one job could pay a ton more than another job while one client may pay a lot more per word than another client.  The trick is to find what works for the freelancer and what allows them to make money after they’ve invested their time and skills into the project.  Many freelancers do this by determining what their time is worth and then creating their prices based on that.

For instance, if a freelancer wants to make $20 an hour on a 30 hour job, they would quote a price of $600. The freelancer may also factor in other things, such as research time, the subject matter and its difficulty, etc.  In order to pay taxes at the end of the year, the freelance writer usually needs a 1099 from the companies he or she has worked for if that company has paid them over a certain amount of money for the year – usually $600.  Freelance work can be very rewarding and challenging for those who are cut out for it.

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