Freelancer: You are at the cutting edge of modern portfolio design.
The designer’s job is here. Your “job” can now be tailored to fit you like a couture garment, and you are the tailor. To take advantage of this, you need the independent mind and self-awareness to determine what you really want to do in life. For some, this may be harder than they expect because neither school nor work has asked us, “What do you like to do?” Bosses and employees often cannot do what they want; just ask them.
Freelance work is a way to discover your work in the world and therefore yourself. Recognizing the difficulty and importance of finding the right job or livelihood, Buddha advised, “Your job is to discover your work and then dedicate yourself to it.” Freelancers face the challenge of finding a job they can devote their whole heart to. Half-hearted jobs are not as good as second-rate jobs; they diminish our lives.
Online resources like Fiverr allow anyone to create their favorite or even their ideal service from scratch and try it risk-free. Never before has the craft been so adapted to the wishes of the individual worker. In an online microservices marketplace like Fiverr, everyone designs exactly what they do: their service, their policies, and their style. Freelancers are free to create whatever their heart desires as long as it builds a following.
Work has traditionally shaped workers.
The employee formation process used to start with the selection of submissive prospects. It continues through mentoring and job training. Finally, by enforcing the rules, the work itself reforms the employee with the help of discipline. If a job requires your presence, while proper care and education of your children “requires” your presence, then either the job comes first or the employer will be more careful in selecting and training your replacement.
In the so-called “good old days” your preferences were your problem. If the boss even listens to what you’d like, or how you think things should be done, that counts as a “help,” even with no accompanying action. After all, you were listened to, weren’t you? If you don’t want the job, you can just leave. The fact that employees’ concerns are often ignored is often ignored.
Does the job need to reconfigure the employees?
Throughout history, the bending of labor illustrates how work has shaped workers. Often jobs mislead employees. The “freedom” in “freelance” means you don’t have to reinvent, repress, or fake who you really are to meet the expectations of strangers. As more and more automation and robots take on boring jobs, the importance of an individual’s deepest interests and intrinsic motivations will only increase.
As an independent operator, freelancers have the freedom to shape the work that impacts their lives. The process requires self-discovery, followed by learning and work that appropriately connects, binds and empowers specific individuals. The social systems we create later recreate us in their image as we live in them. New working models that feed on themselves will lead to a more fulfilling life for many.
One of the brightest teachers I’ve ever met, Joseph Campbell, urged everyone to discover their natural passion and “follow their luck.” It’s important to find something you enjoy doing, says Campbell. Stressing the need for meaningful work, he warned: “I think those who work to live – that is, for money – have enslaved themselves.” Do a job you don’t like Your job can feed you, but that’s closer to survival than prosperity. The wrong job will not fulfill your hopes and dreams. It doesn’t challenge you, discover your talents, or reach your potential.
Modern freelancing is a workplace innovation workshop.
Entrepreneurs and freelancers are reinventing work. Watch the growth of diverse and personalized services (on sites like Fiverr) that meet the needs of both sides of a transaction. Freelancers get along as equals, freed from the boss-versus-employee model of power hierarchy. They are no longer addicted to self-sufficient work.
There is a growing wave of personalization experimentation with new and better ways of working. This kind of experimentation helps to form a new work attitude and different personalized service models. When we design work that inspires our people and offers work they can do with their hearts, we improve everyone’s lives because the work is what they care about.
Everyone can join this movement to new way
A career can accelerate personal growth and increase life satisfaction. Surprisingly, people tend to get more satisfaction from doing meaningful work than from seeking “escape” or fun. If you’re doing the right job, I agree with playwright Noel Coward: “Work is more fun than fun.”