Tuesday, January 14, 2014

How to be a successful freelancer

Freelancing opportunities are growing rapidly across industries. Find out how to make the most of this trend.

When Sahil Manekia (see details below) returned to India after a 4-year stint in the US, he was expecting to land a good job with a leading organisation. However, the data analyst who specialises in assessing the impact of non-profit ventures, drew a blank.

"I wanted to focus on non-profit projects, but the jobs on offer did not match my skill set," says the 29-year-old Mumbai resident. Manekia now works freelance for companies to assess the impact of their corporate social responsibility initiatives.

In another part of India's financial capital, corporate trainer Maneesh Konkar is preparing a PowerPoint presentation for a workshop later during the month. A freelancer, 43-year-old Konkar conducts workshops for the sales teams of companies ..

You are your own boss and get to draw your own schedule. However, it is not a cakewalk. "While being on your own offers you the flexibility of working in your own fashion, it is certainly not a bed of roses. One has to work very hard to establish oneself and, subsequently, get a regular income to be successful," says Aditya Narayan Mishra, president (staffing), of head-hunting firm, Randstad India.

Ref : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com