Category: Work Life

How to Become a Freelancer

Did you know that more than a third of U.S. workers are freelancers? Freelancing is popular in Europe as well, and the number of people who freelance grew by 45% in the last five years. Across the world, small and large companies have significantly increased their use of freelancers.

If you’ve decided to become a freelancer, the numbers say you’re on to something good. Whether your goal is to earn some money on the side or make freelancing a full-time career, you’ll need to arm yourself with knowledge, determination to learn and improve, and lots of patience. Here’s how to start freelancing. 

How do you become a freelancer?

The freelance market is growing by the day, and if you want to be competitive, you have to prepare accordingly. Follow these six steps to get started.

Step 1: Consider whether freelancing is for you.

Freelancing has its pros and cons (more on that later), but in general, you must possess a specific mindset to be a freelancer. Being your own boss is a great thing if you’re disciplined and reliable. Freelancing enables you to set your own schedule, so you can take a day off whenever you want, but you won’t be paid for that time because there is no such thing as paid leave.

If you want to be a freelancer, you should maintain a daily work routine, be ready to juggle several projects at the same time and continually look for new projects so you can maintain a steady flow of work.

If you’re still working full time, don’t quit your job immediately. Instead, combine freelancing and full-time work until you accumulate enough clients and connections to support yourself as a freelancer. Working from a comfortable place of steady work and safe income is a much better environment

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How to Build a Parent-Friendly Workplace

Maternity leaves – and more recently, paternity leaves – are a normal and expected part of business. Because parents are some of the most dedicated and productive employees, it is important that they feel understood, accommodated and valued. Building a parent-friendly workplace can mean happier employees, better recruiting, higher morale and lower attrition rates. 

While large corporations like Google and Facebook boast impressive (and expensive) benefits for parents, smaller companies are still trying to find the parental benefits that best fit their budget and needs. Here are a few ideas on how you can take your workplace to the next level to make sure that parents feel recognized and supported so that they can put their best foot forward both at work and at home. 

1. Offer flexible hours and remote work 

Parenting is not only time-consuming but also unpredictable. Ballet recitals, sick days and parent-teacher conferences are just a few things that a parent may need to tend to. A traditional nine-to-five work schedule can make it difficult to fit those in. With heaps of new responsibilities, a new parent in a fast-paced company may find it logistically challenging to juggle work with family life. 

Implementing flexible and remote work policies is not an expensive perk, making this a particularly important strategy for smaller companies. By offering flexibility, working parents could, for example, leave early on meet-the-teacher day and make up the time by working through lunch or by working longer hours on another day.

Consider offering your employees the option to work remotely for a certain number of hours or days each week. This way, staff can be on-site for meetings and other important affairs while being able to go home early on some days and complete the remainder of their hours after their child’s bedtime. By giving

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