Over the years, the rise of the cost of living has affected most economies big or small which has led to big changes in the job market. Some of these changes are bad but mostly it has all been for the good.
People have been looking to substitute their income by looking for side jobs like freelancing during their free time. Others have quit their jobs to become independent contractors as they find it more lucrative than working for big corporations.
Women especially have been quitting their jobs to become stay-at-home moms to take care of their children. To fill their free time, such moms have turned to freelancing jobs and businesses to earn some extra coins and avoid boredom.
Students too take up jobs like waitressing and freelancing to make some pocket money or pay for their fees. Regardless of the reason, getting the right job to suit one’s need is important to achieve one’s goals.
Online jobs Vs. Offline jobs
Online jobs have been on the rise mainly due to the flexibility and low overhead costs that are attached to them. One does not need to spend hours stuck in traffic to get to work which saves on time and money thus saving on commute expenses. With an Internet connection and computer, one can work online in their pyjamas if they wish.
Unlike working offline, online jobs might sometimes require one to be monitored especially if being paid per hour. This is done through cutting edge systems that manage the time through mouse clicks and screenshots. Such jobs include virtual assistants, transcribing, filling forms, taking surveys online etc.
Offline contractual jobs on the other hand are perfect for people who are unable to self discipline themselves for working from home. These jobs like data entry, programming, graphic designing, article writing and many others let you set your working hours. An employer simply gives the contractor the job after agreeing on a certain payment that is usually fixed. This is then paid after the job is completed within the agreed time. One only needs to plan your time well to get the job done without anyone breathing down your neck. Make sure that the agreed time is reasonable to avoid delays and tarnishing your image in the process.
To get started on an online or offline job, registering on popular job markets where employers post thousands of jobs on a daily basis is necessary. You get to choose the job you like depending on your skillset and availability, send out applications and wait for a response.
The two job categories have their disadvantages and advantages which should be analysed well for one to be able to identify the right fit for them. Hourly jobs can be lucrative, for instance depending on the level of your skills. Programmers can earn upwards of $30/hour while transcriptionists earn as low as $5/hour or as high as $30/hour, thus it’s crucial to endeavour to upgrade your skills.
When all is said done, it is upon a freelancer to pull their weight to ensure they get regular employment. Communicating with the employer regularly to get clarifications is necessary for the job to be done as required. Always assess the project well before committing to ensure you get a fair deal.