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"You can think of freelancing as volatile and risky, or as flexible and opportunity-rich. Doesn't having multiple sources of income and multiple moneymaking skills sound less risky than putting all your eggs in one employer's basket? Freelancing lets you shift gears when the world does."

- Sara Horowitz

The word "Freelance" was created from two words: "free" - independent and "lance" which means the weapon. 

Do you know, that for the first time the concept of a freelancer was described in the novel "Ivanhoe" written by Walter Scott, where the freelancer was considered as a medieval hired warrior?

"I offered Richard the service of my Free Lances, and he refused them... thanks to the bustling times, a man of action will always find employment"

 - Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott

Nowadays, the market for freelance services is already quite developed around the world. It sounds so attractive but what's really going on? Let's look at the Pros & Cons of Freelance.


  You can work remotely;

  You can choose clients;

  No office policy and politics;

  No one will say - you are fired!

  You are the owner of your business;

  You can do what you want and what can do the best;

  You can form your own schedule (very convenient for students);

  You can wear what you want: thongs, shorts, and a t-shirt - no more office dress code!


  Unstable earnings;

  No one replaces you if you get sick;

  It is necessary to search for new clients by yourself;

  Customers can abandon your work and find another freelancer;

  No paid leave, no paid time off, no paid paternity/ maternity leave;

  You have to contributions to your Superannuation fund by yourself;

  Some problems can arise if the client refuses to pay for the work done;

  You will pay to set up your workplace (computer, fax, printer, stationery, etc);

  You will be isolated from the whole world since you will be forced to work 24/ 7;

  You will run all aspects of your business: taxes, marketing, sales, signing contracts, etc.

Questions & Answers

What is freelance?

  Freelance is an effective and mutually beneficial way of cooperation between a company or a person with an independent worker, who is not part of a company's staff.


Who is a freelancer?

  A freelancer is an independent person who works on his own initiative, with his work schedule. In other words, a freelancer is a person who is self-employed.


What are the most popular professions?

  Tutors / Designers / Web Designers / Journalists / Translators / Copywriters / Bookkeepers / Programmers / Photographers / and many others!


What does a freelancer need to work at home?

  Stationery / A fax machine / A Mobile Phone / Home phone line / A good printer/ Scanner / Internet access from home / One or several computers


How much does a freelancer earn?

  In some cases, this may vary depending on the circumstances.

It depends on:

  your reputation

  your ability to work 24/ 7

  the quality of the performed work (portfolio)


How to become a freelancer in Australia?

  Register for an Australian Business Number (ABN)

Visit the website to find more information (opens in a new window)

  Be ready to create an invoice for your clients

Visit the Cashboard website to find more information (opens in a new window)

  Think about your Superannuation

Visit the ATO website to find more information (opens in a new window)

Where to find Marketplaces?


Visit site

  Airtasker is a unique company that provides an opportunity for people to realise their skills and earn money. Easy to get a job - Easy to get paid!

Visit the Airtasker website to find more information (opens in a new window).

Features: A Sydney-based Australian company / An online and mobile marketplace (Apps available) / Sing up to the platform - free (with an email address or a Facebook or Google account) / 15% fee - a commission for each job / The seamless and secure way / Over 1.6 million people using Airtaskers/ You can make money right now!


OzLance (Australia's Freelance Marketplace)

Visit site

  OzLance is a portal for clients and Australian and New Zealand Freelancers.

Features: Tiny Overheads / Lower Rates / Local Staff / Higher Quality

Cost: To post a project or job advert - $7

Operate since: 2006


The Freelance Collective

Visit site

  The platform is for Australian freelance bloggers, photographers, journalists, graphic designers, web developers, social media and marketing gurus and more.

Cost: Profile on the site: $15 per month / or Sign up for a year for $160 (+GST)

Operate since: 2015


Freelance Australia

Visit site

  Freelance Australia is the largest independent community of freelancers and independent workers in Australia.

Costs: From $9 per month



Visit site

  Freelance-Market is a great portal for finding the most suitable contractors.

Features: Full cost control / 600 contractors in 45 categories / Professional approach

Cost: Find more here

Operate since: 2004


Simply Hired

Visit site

  Simply Hired is an employment website and mobile application that aggregates job listings from thousands of websites and job boards.

Features: Post job for free / A huge range of jobs

Operate since: 2003

Visit site is the simplest and safest way to post a job and to get a job.

Features: Support available 24/7 / Up-to-date mobile app / Professional service

Fees & Charges: Find here



Visit site

  Upwork is a global freelancing platform to connect businesses and independent professionals.

Cost: Basic - Free / Plus - $49 per month / Business - $499 per month

Operate since: 2015



Visit site

  Fiverr is the world's largest online marketplace for freelance services.

Features: 24/7 support / Guaranteed / Payment protection / No hourly rates, just a fixed price

Operate since: 2010



Visit site

  Guru is a freelance marketplace that provides high quality freelancers.

Features: A simple and secure solutions / Protected payment / Pay by task / Pay by the hour

Operate since: 2007

Let's laugh together


Son: "Dad, could you tell me please, what is a freelancer?"

Father: "A Freelancer is an office worker who escaped from the employer!"

A new client asks a freelancer: "Do you want to meet after work?"

"What is "after work"? replied the freelancer.

A novice freelancer asks a professional:

"Mr Smith, could you tell me, what the biggest problem a freelancer can encounter?"

The professional answered: "A freelancer has only two problems:

- Where can I find an order?

- Why did I get into this trouble?"

Good Luck!

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