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Freelancing 101

A guide for getting started with freelancing.

What is freelancing?

Freelancing is a term used to describe professional services offered on a contract basis. Freelancers -- i.e. those who perform this type of work-- are generally self-employed, and may also be called consultants or contractors; or, the work they do is sometimes called work for hire. Freelance contracts may be full-time or part-time, temporary or on a semi-permanent basis. 

Examples of Freelancing

  • Photographer
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Copy editor
  • Graphic designer
  • Interior designer
  • Programmer
  • A/V engineer
  • Media production
  • Social media manager
  • Production assistant
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