From Job-Hunt.org, Susan P. Joyce provide a guide to how independent and freelance jobs. Susan reviews how they work, the difference between an employee and independent contractor, job qualifications and contracts. Susan writes:
How Contractor/Freelance Jobs Work
Other terms often used to describe someone doing contract work are “freelancing” and also “self-employed” if contracting is the only work they do.
People may have a “real” job, and do independent contracting or freelancing when they aren’t at work, particularly if their jobs are part-time.
Contract work usually lasts for a defined time frame — typically weeks or months, sometimes (rarely) years in duration. Often, the timeframe changes, becoming longer or shorter than expected.
The work may also be completing a defined project for a specific price, and the timeframe may be days, weeks, or months. There is usually a deadline by which date the work must be completed. But, if you finish sooner, you typically still get paid the same amount (depending on the wording of the contract, of course) as long as the project is completed.
Freelancing/Contracting Is a Growing Trend
Contract work is growing rapidly as a preferred method for many employers to meet short-term need without adding employees. A look at Indeed’s Job Trends for contractor job descriptions shows that they have increased dramatically following the recent recession, particularly in 2014.
Working as a contractor can be an excellent way to fill the gap (for both the resume and bank account) between a previous job and the new full-time job you are seeking. With so many people unemployed, freelancing may be a good short-term solution that could develop into permanent self-employment.
Read the full story at Guide to Independent Contractor and Freelance Jobs