Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Can online freelancing survive during COVID-19 Lockdown?

Yes, online freelancing is one of the most sought-after ways for earning money online during the worldwide lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19 or the Corona Virus. Online freelancing is helping thousands from around the world to continue making money from online sources while working from home.

COVID-19 lockdown has affected many professionals as most of us are now locked down in our homes and are not able to go out to work as usual. Our social life also got hit as we cannot go out and meet friends and acquaintances like earlier.

Many people around the world are losing jobs or are out of work. The future for many of us has become uncertain.

However, in these tough times, too, the online freelancers are able to make money. It is also true that for some sectors, the workload has gone down. But for other areas in freelancing, the amount of work has gone up.




We must remember that there are simple and interesting waysof making money during this lockdown and online freelancing is not the only way. Nevertheless, it is one of the most prominent ways to earn money online during the Coronavirus lockdown.

In this article today, I am going to talk about the advantages of being a freelancer in these bad times when the global pandemic is on the rise. I will try to answer the question, can online freelancing survive during COVID-19 Lockdown?

Let’s get a couple of basics out of the way first.

What is Freelancing?

Freelancing is a way of earning money where the service seeker and the service provider work together on an ad-hoc basis and are not bound by contracts that can force any of them to work with each other again in the future. They collaborate for a short time, and they are free to work with someone else afterward.

What is Online Freelancing?

Online freelancing is freelancing using digital means and transacting online. Here, the service provider and the service seeker meet online, discuss and agree on the project specifications, including deliverables, payment, and timelines over the computer or on the phone work digitally using the computer or mobile phones, deliver the work online, and get paid online too.

At times a few of the above steps may be completed offline, based on the project requirements, but overall, this is how online freelancing system works.

In general, an online freelancer works from his home or home-office or even a co-working place. This aspect of online freelancing has encouraged a lot many people to take it up as a full-time career option. It turns out to be an essential feature right now as well, in these torrid times.

How is online freelancing helping during the Coronavirus pandemic?

It is the question that I am trying to answer in this article. Online freelancing is helping the businesses of thousands and lakhs of business owners even during this unfortunate situation where it has become tough to go out and do business as usual. Let’s see how.

✔️ Most people are stuck at home – both the seeker and provider. Many businesses which cannot run through the laptop have come to a standstill.

✔️ A few of them, which are partially dependent on information technology, are operating but not with the full workforce.

✔️ Only those businesses which are entirely dependent on digital systems are running on full sail. Online freelancing is one of them.

👍 Online freelancers are either building their businesses or helping the other such companies to grow during this COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

During the lockdown, people from all over the world are asked to stay home. A lot of corporate offices have also asked their employees to work from home. Home is regarded as a safe zone for all of us.

As this condition has stopped some people from reaching out to their workplaces, the online freelancers are coerced to get locked in their workplaces! Isn’t that true? Yes!

Working from home is what the digital freelancers are used to do, and if I think from that perspective, our mode of doing business has not changed at all.

👍 As every other industry is getting affected due to the lockdown, the community of online freelancers is thriving with no or little changes in their work environment and procedures.

However, you need to be cautious and proactive, too, if you want to survive the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, as a freelancer. There should be an effective and precise system to handle your money and mental health without affecting the rapport with your clientele.


Why is this a good time for the online freelance business?

As more and more businesses are getting into the lockdown mode, they are also searching for avenues where they can leverage the power of the internet to run their businesses with understandable limitations.

The online freelancers not only can run the companies digitally but can also help them grow. We can associate ourselves with traditional businesses and help them make more money online.

✔️ As it is business as usual for the online freelancers to work from home, it is straightforward for the companies and service seekers to engage them quickly and get their work done.

Apart from that, a lot of other businesses are also trying to focus on digital marketing or social media aspects of their businesses, at present. Since they are not able to run their business with full vigor, they want to utilize this time to look into promoting it on social media.

It is, in turn, bringing more work to the online freelancers, especially those who are in the digital marketing and creative fields. More of them are getting hired to look into the digital aspect of these businesses.

Can online freelancing survive during COVID-19 Lockdown?

So, the answer to this question is yes. Online freelancing will not only survive during COVID-19 lockdown but will also help the other businesses to propagate digitally and grow within their limitations.

If you are a digital freelancer, who works on digital projects from the comfort of your home, then this is probably one of the best boons in disguise for you. Do let me know in your comments if you feel otherwise.

There is a lot of work from home jobs that you can try as an online freelancer during this time. Since online freelancing is in demand right now, it will only be wise to get into it as soon as you can.

I wish that all of us survive this pandemic and come out of it fit and fine and we resume our businesses.

Those who are hiring freelancers now to boost their businesses, please do not forget them when you get back to your business as usual.

And those who are offering their services as freelancers and helping others grow, please put in your efforts to help the buyers as much as you can. Leverage the skills that you have acquired during those sleepless nights. Now is the right time!

I wish everyone all the best in whatever you are doing.


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