Freelancing 101: Temporary Freelancing

Lesson 2: Temporary Freelancing

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The Gig Economy

These days there are numerous opportunities for temporary and contract work. Not only that, but the gig economy provides flexibility when people need it most. For example, temporary positions, contract work, and other types of freelancing are excellent options for people who have lost their jobs or are in between jobs. A temp job might even be the perfect solution for getting work when you have little to no job history.


 

Monster conducted a survey in which 57% of respondents said they would work a temporary gig while looking for something permanent. Since freelance work is typically more flexible than other types of employment, you can set your schedule to fit in with your job search. What’s more, the pandemic changed how we work, and as a result, there are more temporary positions available than there were previously.

To get started, first, make a list of your skills. Then, look for work that fits your experience. You might consider using a platform for freelancers, like Upwork or Fiverr, which will allow you to create an account for free.

You can also find many types of temporary freelance jobs simply by searching "freelance and contract work". Keep in mind that it will take time to build your network before you start getting referrals.

 

 

There are a couple of other things to consider. While a freelance worker is self-employed, an independent contractor is a temporary employee who submits a 1099. Like freelancers, contract workers can work for multiple companies.

Another difference in temporary contract work is that you might work in your clients’ office. There is also a possibility that your client could offer you a position as a permanent employee. A temporary contract work is very often the first foot in the door.

Have a Plan

Before you make your move to become a freelancer, you'll want to have a plan in place. It's best to have work lined up. 

People often freelance on the side to build their customer list and determine the best places to advertise their services.

It's also a good idea to have savings to provide more stability.

Finally, spend some time doing some research to determine which of your skills are in demand.

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