What is Freelancing? In Laymen’s Terms…

Hint: Your escape out of 9–5 job.

Freelancing is one of the best ways to make money online. Its barriers to entry are really low. Freelancing industry is thriving at an incredible pace as we speak. Anyone be it adults, stay-at-home moms, artists and even students can make fairly good income freelancing. Best part? You get to work from wherever you’re comfortable home, cafe, bar or even toilet :P. There, of course, are prerequisites like skills, marketing and obviously ability to communicate in English. More than requisites, here’s what you do not need: You do not need a 4 year bachelor’s degree. You do not need to wait for 10th of next month. You won’t have to work on projects you dislike. Neither will you have to go against your interests. After a considerable time freelancing, you should have built a reputation that speaks for itself. That repo should be able to give you opportunity to choose clients, instead of clients choosing you! Initially you will bid on clients’ projects, breaking sweats to impress prospect client to get the project. Then it will be they who will bid and you will choose.

Fed up of your 9 to 5 job? Need to pay college fees? Can’t afford that expensive DSLR Nikon? Going through financial crises? Good news for you: You can make money using skills you already possess & solve problems. Sounds interesting? Read on.

What is Freelancing?

The act of doing your services for someone or an organization in exchange of money is called Freelancing. This model of getting work done doesn’t require employers to recruit people, maintain them and pay them at the 10th of next month, instead they pay what they get. For employers and outsources, this makes irregular jobs/tasks easy to manage without having to hire someone full-time. Employers pay what they get; they need not to keep up with a freelancer who doesn’t deliver up to their standards.

People who do sell their services, be it content writing, SEO services, designing logo, developing website or fixing website bugs, etc. are called Freelancers. It’s typical to call a freelancer who designs or develops, freelance designer or freelance developer respectively. In freelancing, one can work sitting in Pakistan for someone sitting in Washington. In 2013, Freelancer.com, one of the major freelancing marketplaces, ranked Pakistan among US and India as the nations with highest number of active freelancers. In 2015, Elance ranks Pakistan at third spot right after United States and India as highest number of freelancers.

Should you do it?

Hell yeah! You definitely should do it, regardless of whether you’re an student, graduate, adult or otherwise. It is one of the best activities you can do to flourish. Not only do you polish your skills, by working continuously for diverse range of employers, it’s fun! With the rising tide of unemployment in our country, more Pakistanis than ever are jumping in on freelancing bandwagon. No, you won’t have to leave your full-time job to freelance. You can just start freelancing in part-time.

Fewer things are more satisfying and liberating than working for oneself. Freelancing, in a way, is exactly that.


To get started with freelancing, a guide shall soon be published on the subject at This is Mairaj. That should help you. Have fun