What is freelancing and how you can make money online
What is freelancing?
The lack of jobs for young people in Akistan is no secret. In such a situation, many people are adopting alternative avenues of employment with the help of the internet.
Ayman Soroush is one of the people who earns thousands of dollars a month from home through the internet. She is “free from the constraints of time and place” and sets her own course.
He quit his job 10 years ago and started making money online. But how is this possible?
She is a freelancer, meaning she can work for her client anywhere in the world while living in Pakistan and she doesn’t have to go to any office for that. They get paid by the hour and in US dollars.
What is freelancing?
In the language of technology, freelancing means receiving money for the work of an individual or company on the Internet in any country.
People in Pakistan can earn money through internet in many ways. One way is e-commerce, which means online business, while the other way is to write content, images or videos that can gain popularity.
Similarly, freelancing is a third source that is rapidly gaining popularity among the youth of Pakistan. According to Ayman: “If you have a good internet and a laptop, you can do freelancing from anywhere.”
Amna Kamal is affiliated with DG Skills, a government agency that compiles Pakistan’s freelancers. There she trains people of all ages in this regard.
“Once upon a time, the way things worked was different,” she says. People used to look for jobs after their first education.
“Now this is changing and people do not have to be physically present in an office but can work virtually (ie in the absence of a computer).
How big is the freelancing market in Pakistan?
A 2018 report, citing data from the World Bank and freelancing websites, claimed that there were more than 60,000 freelancers in Pakistan. However, this is a cautious estimate.
This was followed by a 2019 report reviewing Pakistan’s freelancing market. According to The Global Gig Economy Index, freelancing revenue in Pakistan increased by 42% compared to 2018.
Thanks to significant development in this industry, Pakistan was ranked fourth among the top 10 countries in the world. The United States topped the list, followed by India at seventh and Bangladesh at eighth.
According to the report, the reason for the increase in freelancers in Pakistan is the large number of young people.
“70% of the population in Pakistan is under 30 years of age. The advancement of technical education has helped the youth of Pakistan to participate in the gig economy.
According to Mohsin Muzaffar of Pioneer, an online payment service, with the help of internet access and 4G in Pakistan, Pakistani freelancers can now get jobs from all over the world like never before.
According to this freelancing report, more than 57% of freelancers in Pakistan are in the age group of 25-34 years.
According to a December 2018 report by the World Bank, along with the United States, India, Bangladesh, and the Philippines, Pakistan is one of the countries with the largest number of freelancers.
What can be done in freelancing?
By the way, in freelancing you can do everything possible (and legitimate). However, Ayman, who has experience in this field, says, “In freelancing, you can do data entry.
If you think you are good at writing, you can write on someone’s website, blog or fashion.
“Spreadsheets, MS Word or any office related work, basic graphic designing or creating social media posts is a lot going on in freelancing right now.”
According to Ayman, the areas where freelancing is currently in demand include digital marketing. This includes social media marketing and affiliate marketing. ’
She says there is a huge demand for software and app development work all over the world, including Pakistan, and to meet it, young people can learn these skills so that they have an alternative source of income instead of looking for jobs in the future. ۔
How do freelancers make money?
DG Skills trainer Amna Kamal told the BBC: “With the help of computers, people can learn skills that make it no longer necessary for them to work in a single company or country.”
“Some of these skills include graphic design, website creation, SEO (search engine optimization), digital marketing, social media, e-commerce and writing.”
Freelancer Ayman Soroush explains that learning this type of basic skill can make money on the Internet because “there are some freelancing websites where you can create an account and find work.”
Most freelancers in Pakistan look for work on many such websites, including Fiverr and Upwork. After creating your profile here, you have to meet the requirements provided by the people.
Upon completion of the work, these websites collect money from the employer, deduct it and pay the employee. But some people, when trust is restored, do business on a mutual level without involving a third party.
How Much Money Does Freelancing Make?
Regarding how much money people can make in freelancing, Ayman said it depends on a person’s ability, skill, nature of work and time span.
“When you get paid for work in dollars, it’s worth a lot,” she says.
Amna Kamal agrees. “One of the benefits of freelancing is that you make money in dollars, not in rupees. When people make money from abroad, it benefits the individual and the country.
Amna said there is a shortage of jobs in the country and there is an alternative for young people to make money through freelancing on the internet. He also highlighted the fact that some people have set up their own companies with the help of freelancing.
According to Ayman, “the rate for a job on different websites can go from a few dollars to thousands of dollars.”
But is it that easy to make money on the Internet?
In many countries, including Pakistan, people want to use their skills to make money on the Internet. But it is very difficult for a person to succeed immediately.
However, Amna is optimistic. “Our ability to work is a resource,” she says. There are talented people in Pakistan who are out of their skills and work sitting here
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