PPP – Freelancing
Although I don’t directly want to go into freelancing and work for myself it is still useful to explore more options as a lot of industry jobs at the moment are on a freelance basis.
‘Interestingly, in the media, there are a number of different freelance jobs you can get. You can work a part-time position as a freelancer, working a reduced schedule, or you can be a full-time freelancer, working either as a freelance writer, photographer or illustrator. You can also work a full-time job and freelance on the side, doing projects here and there.’
When freelancing you are in charge of managing yourself and this means finding jobs, finances and taxes, equipment should you need it etc but it also means you get to choose which projects you want to work on instead of being stuck doing one thing.
There are many advantages and disadvantages to freelancing:
- Freedom to choose projects.
- Ability to travel and work on projects others cannot.
- Able to work on more than one project at a time.
- No security.
- No health coverage/insurances unless provided by the company you work for.
- No steady income.
For me the disadvantages out weigh the advantages for now, maybe once I’ve made a decent living then I would freelance as a career, but until then I think it will be a way for me to get into the industry and as a side job to a full-time one.
‘To become a full-time freelancer you need to assess where you are in your career and what your needs are. Do you have the contacts you need to get a steady stream of assignments? How much money can you reasonably expect to make? Do you need health insurance? These are all questions someone needs to address before they can start freelancing full-time.
Many freelancers, in various sections of the media, will work full-time for years, making contacts within their industry, and picking up freelance jobs on the side, before they actually take the plunge and become a full-time freelancer. One thing a successful freelancer needs is strong ties to people who assign the work they do. Successful freelance magazine writers, for example, often have strong ties with certain editors who they rely on for multiple assignments. Once you have certain people who you can rely on to give you work, then you can comfortably get to a point where you can search out other jobs and bring in even more potential assignments and more money.
Because of the risky nature of freelance work, it’s very hard to develop a successful freelance career unless you’ve been working in the media for some time. There are exceptions to every rule — if you’re a famous novelist, for example, you can often wrangle a plush freelance writing job because of your stature — but the key to successful freelancing is leveraging the experience and reputation you build by working in that field.’
[Freelance Media Jobs] http://mediacareers.about.com/od/mediacareers12/a/MediaFrlncing.htm