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[OPINION] Freelancing Amidst the Pandemic

By Joshua Rhey Umbac | March 10, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic affected millions of people, leaving many unemployed. There has never been a time wherein the freelancing community is as booming as it is now. Maybe not a lot of you know, but freelancers are self-employed individuals– working as an independent company; I am one.

Capturing moments through camera lenses, creating stories, editing videos, and graphic designing has always been a fascination that eventually turned into hobbies. At first, I never thought about earning money through it, but there were gradual offers that I gladly accepted, and through them, I grew and learned.

Especially in this pandemic, where commodity prices are unimaginably high. I learned to be very money-conscious because when our parents say: it’s hard to earn money, they weren’t joking. Freelancing is hard work and job offers aren’t always available. I’m not lying when I say that money is a big motivator as to why I’m doing it, but I’m having fun after all. I guess it’s also true when they say you never really feel like it’s work when you’re doing what you love. Besides, it’s been the best getaway from the monotonous, sedentary lifestyle some of us are in because of online classes.

Freelance work is so diverse and broad, making it very exciting but it may also pose a lot of challenges especially when it can be a bit daunting when you’re still starting. In my case, my first ever client was a friend and it was from that support that my confidence has grown.  I guess what I’m saying is that if you know someone who is working as a freelancer, support them whether it be liking their posts, sharing their work on social media, or simply offering them a job. Freelancers are putting their skills and passion through the services they offer and it would mean a lot to them. 

Even amidst this pandemic, it’s never too late to learn something new. You never know, maybe that something new could help you achieve financial independence to finance your online shopping needs and help your parents out a bit. 


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