Tips for freelancers in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic
According to Payoneer’s latest report (see also previous article), in a survey of over 1,000 global freelancers, although 60% of freelancers experienced a decrease in demand for their services during the pandemic, more than 70% of freelancers believe that demand will either increase or at least return back to usual levels after the coronavirus situation has settled down.
To capitalise on the downtime for freelancers who are experiencing a decrease in demand for their services and the expected increase in demand in the near future, we have prepared some tips that are of particular interest to our readers.
1st tip: Take a step back and put aside time to assess what you are doing and whether it’s working for you. This is critical during these transformational times. Pare down the costs that distract you in order to focus all your energy on projects and activities that are steady, lucrative, and fulfilling.
2nd tip: In your nearest suburb or city, many small businesses are stepping up to the challenge of life during the coronavirus crisis. This includes offering delivery and collection services to continue serving customers, despite the restrictions in place to deal with the pandemic.
Ask yourself as a freelancer, ‘What could be my creative venture’s offering to help local people while continuing trading, and even turning a profit?’ At the very least, your answer should stay true to your business and reflect your freelance services or what you do as a self-employed trader.
3rd tip: Join location-based social networks. On such platforms and other social media sites, the community spirit that we’ve seen rise up in the past few months means that many businesses will be happy to accept new partners and embrace opportunities to broaden their outreach within the community. It may also give you a chance to support and learn about local businesses.
4th tip: Learn new skills. A slower pace in life and having more time at home is a good environment to up-skill. You can spend your free time in e-learning by starting to learn a new program or a skill. In the meantime, devoting some time and effort to your own development will give you a sense of fulfilment and purpose. In addition, investing in your education will broaden your future professional horizons.
5th tip: Prioritise your well-being. Remember, you are important! Therefore, take a step back from a workaholic attitude and lifestyle and make sure to spend time on yourself and loved ones.
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This article was published in the Australia Freelance Market News 12/2020.