Al Anany

6 FAQ of Freelancing

Freelancing FAQ
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How much money can I make? How many hours per day? “But there are 100’s of other applications to a single job!” – All the common FAQs of freelancing from a 10-year freelancer on Upwork, Fiverr, and Medium.

Tens of people ask me every month in regards to succeeding in freelancing. Some want to make the jump to full-time freelancing. Others want to get an extra income on the side of their full-time job.

Usually, it’s an equation. There’s effort consumed and a result produced in a full-time job, part-time freelancing gig, and full-time freelancing. The question always arrives at the end of the month when one looks into the income statement.

In several cases, the amount made through freelancing eclipses the full-time job’s salary. In such cases, the freelancer is probably on the path of becoming a full-time freelancer. For example, it wouldn’t make much sense for anyone to work 40 hours a week and make 25% of what was done freelancing for 15 hours in that week.

I’m Al, a 10-year full-time freelancer in Zurich, Switzerland. I started on Upwork, one of the biggest freelancing websites globally. Then moved to Fiverr and Medium. I usually close somewhere in the low six figures each year, yet I work approximately 10-15 hours per week.

I get several messages from aspiring freelancers-to-be asking some questions in their freelancing jumps and endeavors. I’ve noticed a repeating pattern. Hence, I’ve assembled these frequently asked questions of freelancing. I intend to update this list annually based on new questions asked and new suggestions from my freelancing journey.

Freelancing FAQ 1: Will I make a lot of money?

“A lot” is a matter of numerous other factors, including, but not only, where you’re stationed, what you’re doing, and how experienced you are. However, let’s discuss the average freelancer. On average, while this study is probably not updated but wouldn’t be that far from reality, the worldwide average salary is $1480.

What these freelancing platforms typically do is that they remove your country’s work borders. Instead of being forced to work in a specific geographical perimeter, your options are now limitless. Hence, if someone in the “below average” mark of the $1480 salary is aiming to get such an amount, then freelancing is a viable option, specifically for skilled individuals. However, if you’re working in Monaco and making an average salary of $15,507, freelancing through these platforms might not be the easiest way, yet not impossible.

Making money in freelancing, whether that’s on Upwork, Fiverr, Medium, or any other website, will rely on the following:-

  • Persistence: It’s a game of time; the more you spend on it, the better it becomes.
  • Skill: You need to be in constant improvement in order to be able to adapt to the ongoing demand and trends.

Freelancing FAQ 2: Should I quit my job and freelance full time?

Initially, no, I wouldn’t advise you to do this. It’s a risk that might not pay off, and in that case, the risks outweigh the benefits. Unless you’re very unhappy doing what you’re doing, then you shouldn’t be working there anyway.

Again, returning to the equation mentioned above, the safest way to work this out is to balance the equation till you’ve achieved a freelancing revenue close to your full-time job’s revenue. Only then will you have the clear mind to be able to actually take such a jump from a stable psychological state.

“But, I’ll never have enough time unless I quit.” – If you don’t learn how to perfect time management during your full-time job, then now is a good chance to do so. Acing the freelancing world requires a tremendous amount of time management.

Freelancing FAQ 3: I’ll start freelancing, but I won’t prioritize it.

You’re doomed to failure. If there’s fuel to the freelancing “car,” then it is persistence. If you decide that you’re too busy this week, so let’s skip the time dedicated to freelancing, then you won’t see good results, which will lead to you giving up, and I won’t blame you if you give up at that stage.

Freelancing FAQ 4: I want to freelance in something I’m interested in, but not my full-time job.

That’s the beauty of freelancing. There are no geographical boundaries. Additionally, there are no CV boundaries. I started freelancing as a business consultant with an engineering degree rather than a business one. 

This is the perfect remedy to balancing your equation, especially if you’re not fond of what you’re currently doing. You think you would be a great writer, and you like writing more than banking, for instance, then give it a shot.

The typical freelancing client is looking for a freelancer that does the job perfectly and usually in a swift manner. You don’t need a degree for that. You need to know what you’re doing and do it perfectly.

Freelancing FAQ 5: I tried to start, but I looked at other freelancers’ profiles, and it’s very competitive that I got demotivated.

It’s normal. When you get hired by a company, you’re not the best person in that company. You take your time to climb to the top. Similarly, if you have a freelancing profile with no earnings in a platform, you’re at stage zero. It will require a great amount of patience, skill, and hard work to get there.

It’s about managing expectations. If you’re a top-notch talent working in a good company and joined a freelancing platform, you’re still at stage zero. You’re losing to that other person who never worked in a company like yours and has been freelancing for 15 years. Even if you think it’s unfair, it makes sense. This person most probably knows how to communicate with clients and deliver what they want better than you. Note that I’ve never said that this person is more skilled than you. That’s not the competitive variable here.

Starbucks is the leading coffee shop company in the world. Do they serve the best coffee? Absolutely not; however, they’re not in the coffee game, they’re in the business game, and you’re about to get in too.

Freelancing FAQ 6: How do I get started? I’ve seen tens of websites on my google search.

If you do extensive research, you’ll find that there are a handful of websites, but only a few that are dominant. I’ve written a couple of articles to guide you through each. This might not be the full list. However, these are the ones that I recommend.

Upwork

Fiverr

Others

In a nutshell, you have to learn the tips and tricks of succeeding on the website you choose; I would recommend starting with one to have a focus. You need to understand the buyers or the clients. They’re your new fund. You ought to learn what they like, what they don’t like, how they like it. 

I constantly advise that the freelancing game is very similar to dating. You need to establish a connection with the client in a competitive environment, and first impressions count.

I aim to improve this article constantly over the years; hence, if you have any questions, I’d like to answer them in the comments and eventually add them here.

Freelance away, my friend.


I’m Al, a business consultant in Zurich, Switzerland. I believe in the power of delivering value to you, the reader. I’m focusing my content on being more and more on Medium and Linkedin. Hence, follow me on both channels to keep in touch and connect.