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Are you a freelancer or a businessman? Or both?



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Are you a freelancer or a businessman? Or both?

(I wanted to post this under freelance or business section but there seems to be none)

As I go about reading posts here from our fellow listers, I noticed that we have a lot of freelancers, such as myself, and some businessmen too. Now I am not sure if we also have people here with a bit of both.

Freelancing, whether it's online or offline, certainly helped us in so many ways that sometimes we did not even imagine they were possible in the first place. Some of us, just happen to be at the right place and the right time which then decided to make this their main source of income.

Aside from the thread's question, I also want to know if this if freelancing is your full time job and main source of income. Or this is just your sideline income and you have a full time job from somewhere else? Do you have a business too while doing freelancing at the same time?

Please try to answer those questions above.

Cheers!

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diels1001

Just a freelancer but only part time. Being a successful businessman is really hard since I'm not into the business management world. So, practically my only choice is to have a job to fulfill my needs. However, having a job is still not enough to cover my expenses so I try to have an extra source of income and being a freelancer is the way that I found.




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vicsylicious

I agree with your thought. I think everyone should freelance. If you have a family and need regular reliable income then work for a company and have freelancing as a side hustle, then as it picks up maybe you can quit your day job.




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Carmilina

Yup, freelancing can be a side job and help to pay other expenses. This also help to pay the extras you badly need in life




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kielrivera

Yes, I agree with you. I am a freelancer too and for part time also. Actually, I am currently unemployed and I decided to explore this kind of industry, earning a quite money is not bad for those who are unemployed. But once I got hired, maybe I will still continue this.




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kayjay77

Hi Diels. Yes, it truly is ineffable just how important the having of a firm business administration and economics background is for anyone who wants not only to make a few dollars here or there in the business world of multi-billionaires, yet who are looking to firmly establish their sense of great business-person-ship over the years to come as well. Certainly, a job is the way to go for all who, well, simply need money to make ends meet. Also, it is nice of you to remind us that with a j-o-b comes the understanding to live within our means (not beyond our means), to keep expenses at a minimum. Great thought indeed.




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ColdFlameChris

I'm a freelancer for now as well. I don't have money to start my own business. Having a business does have a lot of things to do and you should also be financially stable and decided what's the best business you can come up with and if that's what really your passion. I'm just getting started on this type of industry.




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emoxigh27

I am a full-time employee but I still have time to work for extra income like this one. In the near future, I would love to have my own business, though I'm still not sure what type of business I should get in, I hope I can save enough for the capital.




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dzannerz

We are in the same situation sir. I always wanted to have my own business but since its not that easy to start, I will have no choice but to find a regular job that will be my source of income but just as like you it still not enough so online job is my other source.




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pandooh

Part-time freelancer
I have a full-time job everyday and I do this freelancing at night since I can't do this in the office. This is the only freelance job that I have and I am looking for more since the income is not enough for some of my expenses. This is also my first time freelancing and I am having a great time. I even recommended this to my friend who is also finding sideline. The salary here in the Philippines is low especially when you are a fresh graduate. I am hoping to do more freelancing. Can you suggest any freelancing jobs? Anything will do.
Thanks!




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plasmablutte12

I wish, I am like as you. Because, you can't easily access part-time freelancer unless you had a special talent to accept by a certain company, or create your own business services provider. I search the job for 4 years, but unlucky enough to get one. I don't hope anymore to have
such freelance part timer. I research a lot of possible hiring, but
still not lucky to have one.

Now, I just focusing to create my way to earn money. I don't rely to any body just to beg money. I want to be an independent person, and I don't want to have debt to anyone. Even my
parents can't lend me some money, so I decided to earn hard on my on.




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pandooh

That's the spirit. I do believe the saying "When one door closes, another opens". You have to believe in yourself man. There is always something there for you. I admire your perseverance and determination to be an independent human being.




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Barida

I think I am both and I know how difficult it is to combine both. What I normally do is to log online to freelancing sites I work on in the morning and perform some tasks there before heading off for my offline work and in as much as that is stressful to a point, I have to combine both so as to make ends meet.

I have met friends here that take freelancing work as a full-time job while some even have physical offices where they do the freelancing work. So, I believe that taking freelancing work as full time can be possible, but honestly, it is not an easy way to go.




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galegatling

It is not an easy way to go indeed. I have seen some people who get successful in their freelancing careers and some also who aren't but still struggling and striving. I guess it's just a matter of patience and determination. Everyone has their own shot at life and some may have their in the long run; some may have on a short notice.




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anor0428

I am a freelancer and for now I dont have any job so this is also the main source of my income. In my opinion, freelancing is mostly for part time, unless a company hires you to work for them and offers good salary. But one of the advantage of freelancing is that you dont have to provide different documents, medicals that can cost you a lot, you can start the work soon as they hire you.




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augusta

This is my full-time hustle for now.I'm trying to also get a job offline as a regular and this will be done as part-time.If I cannot get a regular job then I intend to go full cycle with this freelancing jobs.I pray to have jobs all day, then I will be good to go.No more job hunting.




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chelfox18

I have a full time job, but I really want to learn more, about something new, even if it is not my field of work. Freelancing is my part time job, and I really enjoy it. As a newbie and no experience at all, It's very hard to start earning money in freelance, but I don't stress to much about it, since all I want is the learning and knowledge that I can gain in working it. I know freelancing is very good source of income, if you dedicate your full interest in doing it.




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BelindaMT

Galegatling,
I am employed in a private company I work eight hours a day 6 days a week. I am a freelancer it's my part-time job and I am a businesswoman too. I have a small business online I'm selling underwear for men, children and women and I am also selling bra. I spend two to three hours in my online job before I sleep and if I have free time in the office. I need to save money for my goals. I'm dreaming to have my own coffee shop and cake shop someday that's why I work hard. I'm lucky that my husband is helping me to run my small business by answering queries online. Sometimes he is also helping me to finish my online works.




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galegatling

Woah. That is so nice! I wish to be like, well sometimes I think of it and most of those times I also think that I can't do it. Too much responsibilities and tasks. T_T But I think everybody wants to do the same since those are opportunities and experiences. Congrats and I hope you will achieve your goals in life. ^_^




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narutos3nn1n

Well I'm a freelancer in terms of making ways to earn online but I do it only as a side or part time job. I know that there's no quick way to make lots really quick so I tend to enjoy myself finding ways to get more funds to invest in another online business that I current have. Although I do have a full time job at a printing and advertising office and earning a decent one for myself and to support my family, but thinking ahead in the future and preparing for maybe the worst thing that might happen is what I do as I do freelance jobs online.




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jbmedalla2

I'm just a freelancer because I'm still a student but after I graduate, I plan to become an employer for a couple of years and then I will become a business man. Probably my business is about games because I'm a game developer and a gamer.




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justin223

Same to you bro, but I am a web developer and a gamer. We have the same plan in life. I am also a student and plan to became employer for a couple of years. I want to be a successful web developer and to be expert on that field. Now, I am currently a web developer, but I am working as a freelancer.




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jbmedalla2

Oh! Wow! I'm so glad that someone agrees to my opinion and plan in my life. Good luck to you bro! I know you can do it! Nothing is impossible just do the right and moral things and the Almighty Creator will guide you.




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marbertism

I am a part-time freelancer and a full-time employee. Hopefully, I would be able to go venture on businesses.




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Mida

I'm a freelancer because I work for somebody and only work online on part-time basis when I am free. I'm not a businessman at all because I don't own any business. Other than that, I think I will become a businessman in future because some online jobs require me to register as a contractor. That means I'll probably be both a freelancer and a businessman because the online jobs I'll be doing when I'm free won't require any registration.




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Hurry14

I don't know if you can already call me a freelancer because I still haven't done any jobs till now. I've been trying to land some jobs but I always get no offer. Already tried bidding the lowest rate possible just to get the job but still no luck. As for business, I don't have any but planning to start some small things to get some passive income. So maybe my answer is both no, because I'm still not successful on any of it, but I'm really trying my best to get on track so that I can raise my income on day to day basis. Maybe soon enough, my answer will be both YES. Hopefully. Are you a freelancer or a businessman? Or both?




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naknakdatu

I am actually new to the online world. And I am still looking for a job that suits my skills and experience. I heard a lot about freelancing and have visited websites offering jobs or freelancing, and also I have friends who are freelancers. But up until now still do not know about what freelancing really is. Maybe because nobody is hiring me yet. I guess I'm gonna go on being a businessman, start a new business.. LoL




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poingan77

As for me, I just barely started freelancing as my part-time job and haven't really had my first penny but I know Eventually I will. As I enjoy doing it. I'm a full time empolyee. But I thought of having my own clothing line, I know it sounds big but I really wanna have a business that I can call my own. Are you a freelancer or a businessman? Or both?




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plasmablutte12

You can do both, I think. Because, both of them can do, at the same time. When doing a business, we love doing the job. The
love will just follow, afterwards. In the past, I did the both, and I
really enjoy doing my job. When choosing only one will not be sense.
Because it will just close our mind to focus one thing. But I believed,
it will work both of them.

I set an example, as I did in the past. When I have still have a business, I always do enjoy doing it all day.
Taking overtime was my regular thing to do, in the past. Because I love
my business, and the job I always creating.




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Pixie06

I am freelancer and I have an online business too. I work as an online tutor and write for some sites online. I sell D.I.Y products on eBay. I am considering of developing some new products which I will try to sell on some other sites. I have been quite successful online and earn a good amount monthly from my online activities.




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TheArticulate

I'm both, easily! I'm the owner/operator of my own LLC which provides videography and photography services to people in my city. I mainly find myself working weddings, but I've done the occasional church function, business presentation, corporate events, and even funerals.

My main source of income from freelance work is from the offline gigs I'm getting. I'm really getting into portraiture, and building my portfolio is putting me in contact with other photographers and models in the area, so I hope to start moving in that direction soon as well!

Overall, freelancing is a source of side income for me. I work a full time job in marketing for a small college near my city. It's been a great step for me because I understand video well enough, but it's been phenomenal building my skills in marketing and learning how to do social media and online marketing. I like having steady income because freelancing doesn't necessarily guarantee steady money, and I have creative freedom with what I do at my job, which is really important to me.




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JoeMilford

I am definitely both, and I truly can't afford not being both otherwise. I do not yet make enough money freelancing in order to quit my "day job". Plus, I absolutely love what I do for my career, and I want to continue doing it until retirement. Freelancing, on the other hand, is also awesome, and I am constantly looking for new ways to make more of a profit from it. It is still new to me, and I actually enjoy it and look forward to doing freelance work on a regular basis. Freelancing has really provided me a lot of spending money, and because of this, I have been able to pay a few more bills without having to delve into my regular paycheck as much. In other words, freelancing provides a good supplemental income, but it is not enough for me to do it solely as my chosen career. My hat is off to anyone who does do this, and I wish I knew their secrets!




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Tronia

I guess I am both in a way... I don't have my own company but I do own a few websites that I manage and that give me some additional income. But overall, I think that I am firstly a freelancer. I have been doing full time freelancing for a while now and I absolutely love it. I get enough income through that + the websites quite easily. It's just the matter of knowing how to get people to use your services. Also, it often helps me because I have a university degree in two areas where there is a high demand. It provides extra credibility.




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Baburra

I think being a freelancer you are sort of forced to become a business person as well since you have to market yourself and build your brand, and you also need to seek out clients. I think it's good to seek out other opportunities and build separate businesses when you are freelancing because otherwise you may just be wasting the time you are saving yourself by not having to drive to work and all the other sacrifices that come with that. However, of course, that is easier said than done, and building a business can sometimes not be forced, so waiting until the right time may also be the right move.




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Authord

Exactly, you took the word right out of my mouth, a freelancer is also a business man, because the freelance world is a business world as long money is been given for task to be accomplished. So when you look at it, you will find out that both a freelancer and offline business person, almost have the same in common.




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Baburra

When I first started freelancing I thought it would be easier than being employed in a company, and in some ways it is, but it wasn't as simple as I thought because eventually I came to realize I have to do the job that my employers would have done if I were employed in a company, which is to find clients and to market the business as well as managing funds. Being a freelancer means being in charge of all of that and more, so you really have to be familiar with business at the very least to have an edge in the market, especially considering the amount of competition there is in the freelance market nowadays. You really have to be very skilled or be able to publicize yourself well to stand out.




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DarthHazard

I don't know, to be honest. I don't do either seriously as a main job. It's all extra to earn me a bit more money on the side which I can just spend on some extra things for myself. I would probably put myself as a businessman more than a freelancer. I do a few freelancing jobs here and there but I just don't think I do it enough to consider myself as a freelancer. I've come up with own little business idea and I am trying my best to get it off the ground at the moment.




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jemuelterrado

Hello friend i'm a freelancer and i love it because i can manage my own time. I can work other tasks in my own home without asking any permission from your managers or boss. Earning in a freelancer way is bit difficult but just like working outside, you need to work hard and need alternative sites to spend with your valuable time. What is also good in online job is you don't need to pay for applications because it is totally free.




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saygorem

I am a freelancer and recently doing extra online jobs. This type of work is suited for me because I like to do something in my own pace and time. It's also convinient for me because its only in the house and I can do whatever I want. While doing house chores I can also do this at the same time. It is a relaxing job.




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vicsylicious

In addition as a freelancer we can also get many career opportunities with comfortable life but the only thing is that we should have a good knowledge and skills. Upgrading our skills and knowing more duties is also important. AS well as Planning time off is a necessity when working from home. It will help break even how you feel about your home being your workplace.




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ballyhara

Not a freelancer for so long, I can say I'm still a newbie on it, but I do like it. Unfortunately, freelancing is not good enough to leave my regular almost full time job, so right now I'm dealing with both. I can't deny it takes all my time, and tends to be exhausting, but it has showed me that I can do my beloved profession and something else too. Also, I've met very nice people who are doing exactly the same and we can share experiences. So far don't have a business either, but my sis does, so I'm helping her out too. As you can see, my daily agenda is pretty booked everyday.




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Judas2018

Freelancing is one of many things I do. I write for my own site which I own, operate and oversee. I will probably consider writing for other sites in the future. I also have a day job as a desktop support technician, I also do some tech consulting and social media consulting as well. In the future, I plan to create a horror themed web series and expand into my own social marketing company.




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PedroP

Nowadays I tend to freelance more. Both areas have good sides and bad sides. Freelancing provides you with the freedom of doing your own schedule but also doesn't give you stability. While on the other hand business can give you stability but it tends to chain you to a strict work routine and takes a lot of time to work out




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peachpurple

I am a fulltime housewife. I agree with you that freelancing gives you the freedom to choose when to earn money or not. It depends on your mood and motivation. If you need money, you could work hard 12 hours a day blogging and commenting non stop




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justin223

I am a freelancer. I develop websites for my client. I am a freelancer because I can only work at home. I can't work in a company because of my condition. I also want to put up a small business like internet cafe, I just need some capital to start. Being a freelancer, I can say that we have a good income. But it will depends on your clients.




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trebor2017

First of all whatever you are encountering you should not give up and follow your dreams Are you a freelancer or a businessman? Or both?. I am also a freelancer I create website designs, I fix bugs on websites, and I also design logo for business which actually give me extra money which I use to help in our financial. I am proud to be a freelancer because I help clients at the same time I earn and learn in every project I do. I am going to build a business maybe in the future since having a boss is lot worse than being the boss.




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Nikko25

I am currently working as a freelancer and I love what I do. However, I don't think that I will be or at least will not only be a freelancer forever. Some time in the near future, when I've done enough research, find myself a business venture worth investing in, and have enough funds to kickstart my business, then will I start my career as an entrepreneur. I plan on doing both but we'll see how it goes first.




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lovefoxycharms

My full-time job is being an online English teacher and my part time jobs or sidelines has still something to do with being online. So I guess, being online every day is my source of income. I do love what I do and I could say that I still see myself working online even if I would be given a chance to have my own business. I will not let go my current online jobs as long as possible because I already found my passion working as a freelancer. I hope I could put up my own business online though, like an online English school or something like that.




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spectat0r

I'm a freelancer and I'm planning to start a business soon. I want to start an agency which composes of powerhouse freelancers that will work together to be on top of this industry. I love my job and the people I work with are simply the best. But I also want to venture in a different aspect of this industry.




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mildredtabitha

I also plan to start my own business soon. I am currently a part time freelancer with no offline job. Being a full time student is what I am doing now. I would also like to start my own forum or writing company so I can employ other freelancers.




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gamergurl

I think that both terms are very pompous if used to describe oneself, same as describing yourself as a "professional". I hate using terms like these to describe myself, when all I'm doing is fulfill a task someone is paying me for. On a technical level I would fall to the box of being a freelancer, but I don't like the term and instead I just use the client-service provider terms when talking about my work.

Then again I don't like talking about my work with people anyways, because it's none of their business.




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vinaya

I am a freelancer. I have been doing freelancing writing since 15 years. I started with newspaper and later moved to online platform. I am also a business, I have a brick and mortar business. The business is not very old and I am still in building up phase. Online business is my new found business. I have launched an ecommerce store. Therefore, I am a freelancer as well as an entrepreneur.




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overcast

I am more of a freelancer. And I have yet to establish the business. I may soon enough work as a business person. But I don't have a big business as of yet. Most of the work that I am doing these days is relatively easy and less hassles. And so that is another reason I am also burned out with working. I have a day job. And also I am working full time on the freelancing. So I may not be able to work on the business all the time. So the current situation I have is of the freelancer. I need regular clients to convert my efforts into the business. Hopefully some day I can convert the result rather quickly.




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yunken

I do both freelance and business, the only difference is that I do one offline while the other is online. Both are good and are paying well. I do pay much attention on the one that brings me more earning at that particular time and give the other less attention, I immediately switched to other if it turns out to be paying more.




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tenthztar

I do both and it turns out to be well. I'm not that successful as they are, But sooner or later i will reach that someday. I want to make my own company someday and that's my all time goal. Freelancing online is just easier now than back then so i think i'll stick with it right now while managing my online store.




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Judas2018

One key to making your online store successful is to wear your own products. Your apparel, jewelry or other items might catch someones attention while you're outside doing simple things like grocery shopping or paying bills. Once they let you know they like your clothing or accessories, then you slide them your business card and tell them about your online shop. Surely not only will they visit it but they'll probably recommend it to a few of their friends also.




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tenthztar

I guess you're right but i'm those types that are camera shy. I might take my girl as my model and take shots of her wearing those merchandise's. I will try making a video of the merchandise with my model.




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Kakashi2020

I'm a business man first and a freelancer second. Obviously this or freelancing isn't my main line of work. I mean I'm just earning a small amount online and the rest of my earnings are from my business. That's about 90/10 ratio bussiness/freelance work.




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jien0302

I am a freelancing. I have a full time job abroad. I want to have an extra income on my free time.




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galegatling

Nice. You have a full time job abroad? That is so cool. Which country are you working full time? And what is your job there? If that were me I wouldn't even try to do another online freelancing job because I am sure that I will be so tired already from the full time day to day job that I have if ever I would work abroad. Are you a freelancer or a businessman? Or both?




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