Thursday, October 27, 2016

Facebook Fan Page

Namaste Freelancers and Friends!

It gives me immense pleasure to let you know that our Facebook Fan Page is in place now. Though I created the page a few days ago, but only now I could add a logo and a cover photo and update the ‘about page’ and everything else. So, now it is ready for you to view. Please visit the page at: https://www.facebook.com/theindianfreelancer/

Just creating a new page on Facebook does not mean, ‘It’s done!’ No, it is not done! There are a whole lot of additional things that go into it. URL, Cover Page, Logo and then updating the ‘about page’ section – with Name, Topics, Short Description, Impressum, Long Description and a few other small things. I was short of words today (not sure how) while writing the page description and impressum. I guess because I was in designing mode, where I designed the cover page and the logo. And then suddenly switching to the content writing mode, is everything but easy. Trust me!

Well that reminds me! Before you read any further, why don’t you take a look at the page banner and the logo? Here they are:
Facebook Page Cover & YouTube Channel Art 

The Indian Freelancer Logo

Please check these and write a comment telling me how you felt about these. Only honest comments, OK? I did spend a lot of time, and I think these are fabulous; but then I would want to know what you feel about them as well. It is always good to hear from the on looker, how your creation (design, in this case) is – it gives very different perspectives to the thought process. I will look forward to hear from you.

So, like I said, after spending a lot of time designing above two, suddenly I found that I need to update the ‘about page’ section as well. This is when I felt lost! And I took a break. Whenever I feel stuck or gridlocked, I like to take a break and these breaks do work – trust me! After coming back from the break I wrote the Short Description and the Impressum for the page. You can find those on the About section of the page. Please feel free to check these minute details on the page as well and let me know, if you think something is not at the right place. I will modify it, if so. What I want you guys to read here is the Long Description I wrote and I think it deserves to be on this blog as well. 

It talks about the very basic idea behind The Indian Freelancer – the motive, the agenda and what to expect in the near future. Every Subscriber (and the new guy, who's trying to find out what this is all about) to my blog and YouTube Channel should actually read this, and I think it is just perfect. So, without much ado, here it is for you to read. Let me know how you liked it.

The Indian Freelancer - is a venture and a striving attempt to bring all the freelancers, in India or elsewhere, under one roof and provide all the information that one would need to involve in, implement and imbibe freelancing. 
It is an effort to put a process around the madness going on on the internet, as far as obtaining information about freelancing is concerned. The idea is to bring to you one stop shop for all your freelancing needs - to prepare and bring to you everything that you would want to know about freelancing and need to thrive well, while working as a freelancer. 
There would be lot of material and content with freelancing tutorials, tips and tricks that would be shared on our website and our YouTube Channel on a regular basis. Hence, you will get an update for all that is happening in our world, through this page here. Hope you like our endeavor. Your constant support, feedback and suggestions are what we seek to receive from you, in exchange! The information is anyways free :)
Do Subscribe and comment on our blogs and posts; Like, Share and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel. 
Thanks a lot for participating.
Regards,
The Indian Freelancer
www.TheIndianFreelancer.com

How was it? Well, along with telling me how you liked it, also let me know if you have any specific query in mind that you want to get answer for. Feel free to comment and ask your query or you can even email me at: contact@TheIndianFreelancer.com. I will be happy to read and reply to your emails.

That’s all for today. Hope you have liked my posts this far. Here’s to a lot more!
You have a good time ahead!


Thanks for reading this post. I hope you liked it. If you did, please do not forget to subscribe to us. You may also want to check out our YouTube Channel, where we post videos with various freelancing tips and tricks, which can definitely boost your freelancing career and business! The Channel name is "The Indian Freelancer" and can be accessed here: www.YouTube.com/TheIndianFreelancer

Thanks a lot,
The Indian Freelancer 
Let's Learn and Grow Together!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The concept of Freelancing

Namaste friends and freelancers!

I am sure you all have heard the word FREELANCING by now.
It is a kind of self-employment where one works for someone else or some company on a contractual basis without a permanent commitment from either side.
One who works is called a freelancer, a self-employed contractor or a seller (as she sells her services and skills) and the one for whom the freelancer works is called a supplier, a buyer (as she buys those skills and services) or even an employer (as she hires the services). The concept is the same as of a buyer with a requirement and a seller with a solution. Wherever the buyer and the seller meet and interact (or transact), is called a marketplace. We will talk more about a marketplace later on. Let’s first talk about the concept of freelancing - and let me tell you that it is not a new one!

Let me give you an example. Think of our village homes where we have coconut or beetle-nut trees. Not every one of us is skilled enough to climb a coconut tree and pluck the coconuts when needed, though many of us can do it. Those who cannot, have no option other than to hire someone who can do the job for them. So, we go to the village market and inquire for anyone who can climb up the coconut tree and pluck them down for us. When we get a suitable person, we hire him. He does his job and we pay him – either with money or with a share of coconuts he plucks, as in most Indian villages. He gets the payment and leaves; and that ends that particular deal. When we need this service next, we will either contact the same person again (if we were very happy with his work) or look for someone else in the same (or another accessible) marketplace.



In the above transaction, we acted as a buyer and the person who did the job for us, acted as a seller or a freelancer. Yes, we had a deal – we had a problem in hand and he had a solution for us and we bought the solution from him as well - just like any other corporate or traditional occupation. But the only difference here was that this guy and we are not committed to each other. That guy is not bound to pluck coconuts only from our trees and we are also not bound to hire him the next time we want coconuts to be plucked. Yes, we will definitely hire him the next time again, if he had done an exceptional work for us, but there is no obligation.

This is exactly what freelancing is! Both the seller and the buyer is free of commitment. The seller is free to sell his services to anyone he wishes to and the buyer is also free to hire anyone he desires to get his work done.

I hope the concept is much clearer now. However, there is a basic difference between this example of freelancing and the kind of freelancing that we are going to talk about here – can you guess what it is?
Congratulations, if you have guessed it already. It shows your mind is working and let me tell you now that apart from your skills, you would need a very sharp, alert, intelligent and actively working mind to be a successful freelancer. We will definitely talk a lot about this in the near future in this blog. Do keep an eye on the future posts.
Well, if you have not guessed the difference yet, then do not worry too. I am sure you will appreciate when you read along and understand. My intentions are to make your mind get active and if you stick with me here, I am sure it will happen very soon. You will be able to imagine, conceptualize, work and deliver more than you can now! It’s a promise.
So, the basic difference between the above example and the freelancing that we are going to focus on here on this blog is that everything we will do here is going to be using the computer – in a word digital, and to a great extent, virtual as well. And the example shown here is all physical!

In the world of digital freelancing, a seller meets and interacts with the buyer virtually. Builds solutions (mostly) using a computer and provides or delivers to the buyers through a virtual marketplace. So, you can understand that the skills and services we were talking about, are all digital in nature. Knowledge of computers and computer skills are mandatory things for a digital freelancing environment – both for the buyer and the seller. Apart from these, a freelancer needs to be a business person as well.

So, what all do we need to be a successful freelancer? We will talk about this in the next post. Stay tuned.

Cheers!


Thanks for reading this post. I hope you liked it. If you did, please do not forget to subscribe to us. 

You may also want to check out our YouTube Channel, where we post videos with various freelancing tips and tricks, which can definitely boost your freelancing career and business! The Channel name is also "The Indian Freelancer" and can be accessed here: www.YouTube.com/TheIndianFreelancer

Thanks a lot, 
The Indian Freelancer 
Let's Learn and Grow Together!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Hello World!

Hello Friends,

Welcome to my Blog & Website :) 
Today is an important day for me as it is my Birthday! And today also marks the launch of this new venture - The Indian Freelancer! I am calling this a venture because it is not going to be limited only to this blog. There will be lot more to come, if everything goes well and I have your constant support and companionship. So, keep calm, hold my hand and let's go!



I have lot of plans, hopes and dreams of taking this forward. It is a way of giving back to the society and to the entire fraternity of Freelancers - here in India and all around the World. I want to share things that I have learnt in the last decade and more of my association with Freelancing and probably help you (and others) in your endeavor, as well. I will also share what I learn in everyday of my life that can be beneficial to you. We learn everyday, don't we?
Thanks for being here and spending time with me. I will be grateful if I can help you reach your goals. Your constant support and feedback is what I will seek throughout, via this venture. So, keep them coming.
Here is the link to my YouTube Channel. I will insist that you keep an eye on that as it is a special place where I can communicate/interact with you directly, share my world with you and receive your feedback and suggestions and most importantly, answer your queries. So, do visit my Channel and Support it in every possible way you can: www.YouTube.com/TheIndianFreelancer

Today is Day 1 and I hope we stay together as well as learn and grow together every day from here on! I will look forward to hear from you.

Thanks a lot. May God bless us all!
Regards,
The Indian Freelancer
Let's Learn and Grow Together!