Go Solo: 4 Misconceptions about Freelancing

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By: MJ Gonzales | Executive Chronicles

Though its 21st century and logging in Facebook could launch a thousand hellos or goodbyes, many are still adamant about making money online, building up business, and telecommuting. Here are the few of the many misconceptions about going solo or freelancing:

  • They see your points, but don’t believe that you’re making money. It’s probably true in some telecommuters, but there are people who would think you’re making monkey business. Although it’s understandable too since we grow up in society that working in the office is the stable way to earn money.
  • You’re easy-go-lucky. To work wearing your favorite casual and very homey outfit will give an impression that you’re a bum. However, they don’t realize that you actually very productive in your outfit and perhaps spend more time at work than choosing what outfit to wear.
  • You’re afraid of communicating with people. While it maybe true that telecommuters prefer alone time in their sanctuaries, not all freelancers are loners. In fact, even extroverts find freelancing a liberating set-up as it allows them to travel and work at the same time. Furthermore, work-from-home professionals enjoy communicating with their foreign employers via Skype or Google Hangouts.
  • You look unbecoming. In corporate world, there’s such thing as professional look. It helps to build your personal brand even without identification cards or testimonies. But professionalism doesn’t end in how you look, it’s mainly about your work ethics and your quality output.

    Credit: Tatiana Lapina/  Unsplash
    Credit: Tatiana Lapina/ Unsplash

 

To defend how you earn well or what you do as freelancer is not through verbal argument or bashing, it’s enough you’re enjoying work-life balance and achieving financial freedom. It takes time and determination to make these possible. However, be ready and understandable as well that people only takes seconds to give impressions  about they believe non sense. Thus, better to learn how to treat your critics well.