Put Value In Your Work, Freelance Does Not Mean FREE Work

Freelancers are growing. And we should talk about us, our worth. There is a growing debate on how should we be paid, how should we be categorized, how should the laws apply to us. It is welcome news, all the media attention means that our presence is being felt. We experts, and freelancers who sell lessons, gigs, web design work, research, translate and many other will not be ignored. We are here and we all have to deal with it.

Freelance work is great, it allows me to use my time as I see fit. I offer myself my knowledge, skills, and competencies plus experience to the world. I partake in this because I love what I do and I want to get paid for it. This is not a hobby, this is a source of income, a source of pride.

In the world where we bid to the projects that is available to us, and we compete with each other, we take what we can get. Sometimes we feel that its ok as long as I get paid, it is better than nothing. We rush to finish the job at hand and move on to the next one.

Freelance work is great, it allows me to use my time as I see fit. I offer myself my knowledge, skills, and competencies plus experience to the world. I partake in this because I love what I do and I want to get paid for it.

Unfortunately the end result is not enough. Do not get me wrong, I agree the market competition is good. That supply and demand is real, and that people who are not good enough can not make it in this world. It is harsh, but it should not be brutal.

When I put myself up for bid and browse through the open projects out there, I would tell myself is this work and money worth my time? The answer will have to be yes. If it is not worth my time, it means that somebody else should get it, somebody who believes that that money and work will be good enough for them.

My time is important, my skills are important and my output is important. The great value of the sharing economy is there is a direct one to one exchange that is being powered by platforms. Take for example the surge pricing in Uber. If the rider badly needs a ride a surge factor of 2.6 will not matter. What it does is it reveals the true “value” and “utility” of the service for the rider. With the assumption that Uber is fair and surge pricing only happens when rider demanding the service is way greater than the supply of Uber riders in an area; it is a perfect manifestation of supply and demand. It is the illustration that the market corrects itself.

It is important than in this world of gig economy, we should push on to be experts and be paid accordingly.

That is why it is important for us experts to uphold high standard of work, work ethics, attitude and output. It is important than in this world of gig economy, we should push on to be experts and be paid accordingly. Expertbe is trying to solve that. Sign up for our beta to see how easy it is to sell your service without compromising your value. Be part of the platform where you can show the world that you are an Expert of what you do be it acting, music, design, and selling among others. Join us as we help bridge the gap.

This article by Chris Santos first appeared on ExpertBe, a platform for people who are passionate about sharing their skills, and knowledge, to make a difference in the lives of others.