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Satarupa Kaur
30 Dec 2017 . 4 min read

How I Made A Career With Full-Time Freelancing


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When it comes to making a career and having a great job, a typical thought process in India is around the concept of a 9 to 5 office going profile. While a lot of us talk about alternative careers and making it big in freelancing because it is trending, it sort of ends at that discussion too. Dialogues over social media handles and over round tables are many, but very few professionals make it on this offbeat path. With offbeat, I do not mean careers that are rare to dabble in, but the ones that can make a decent living and have a respectable status, alternative style of job.

 

The Freelancing Era In India

Freelancing has been looked upon as an unusual career for ages, but over the last one and half decade or so, Indians have warmed up to it, like never before. Early 2000 was what began as the era of outsourcing in the content in marketing departments, lots of jobs that require writing skills of the right kind and could be converted into project leads and full-time opportunities working from home.

 

While you might have met your average book reviewer, your average technical documentation specialist and your average content writer, there might not have been many professionals who have made these freelance careers full-time jobs. The trend has always been to look at freelancing as a ticket to earning that extra moolah for covering just some luxury EMI.

 

My Full-Time To Freelance Switch

Coming to 2010, when I began my career after freshly graduating from college, freelancing for me meant a super way of having bylines in print and web publications. It didn't take me long to understand that this is what my calling was and that I would not want to continue in the typical rigid career alternative that my parents had hoped me to work in.

 

My biggest realization with joining copywriting firms around India meant a lot of work that involved late night calls and a lot of back and forth, feedback incorporation and equally less payments. You can say I was being paid peanuts for my work.

 

So why did I choose to remain a freelancer for most of my life?

 

Living in Seattle and Abu Dhabi gave me a lot of opportunities to explore the full-time work culture and yes, I did enjoy my years abroad. But then again, moving back to India was sort of a reality check. In my city, Kolkata, opportunities seemed so dried up that there wasn’t much scope to earn as well as satisfy myself at the same rate.

 

However, my freelancing engagements with a publication and with great clients continued effortlessly. The better I got with my writing, the more improved skills I got and naturally, the more I got to command in terms of pay. Yes, I use the word command very consciously.

 

The best way to understand here is that if you want to continue freelancing on a full-time scale, you will have to be really very dedicated and committed. There is no register to log your attendance, there is no work involved in doing something extra over the night but then the best liberty in freelancing is that you’re at your own beck and call. You might be able to manage to finish up an assignment quicker and get the extra three days for an unplanned holiday. Trust me, never in my life on my full-time stints have I enjoyed these unplanned breaks.

 

So What Am I Saying?

In my almost year long career as a full-timer, a freelancer and then as a full time-freelancer, I have seen two distinct phases - the phase of extreme worry and the phase of extreme calm. I will write in depth over these phases later. But for now, the one assurance my career choices have given me is that if you have a will, you have a way. Your choices will find manifestation and fulfilment. You’ve just got to push them in the right direction.

 

Satarupa Kaur freelance

 

This is a personal narrative by Satarupa Kaur who is a writing consultant and also a SHEROES champion. From being an active SHEROES community member to becoming a SHEROES champion, Satarupa has always extended help towards the women in our communities. She currently helps women with everything related to career guidance and work from home.

 

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Satarupa Kaur
Satarupa Kaur is a writing consultant who has a solution for the alpha and omega of any writing allied issue! From web content to marcomm, from catchy copies to stories, from corp profiles to blogs - she believes in sipping from diverse cups that find a corner in this industry. She’s a passionate writer and a SHEROES community member.

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    Hi, Thank you so much Satapura for sharing your experience & opinion. Currently, I am dealing with a similar issue. I have been working in media since 4 years now as a Bollywood/ Entertainment & Lifestyle journalist. But, due to some financial problem from in my previous company I had to quit the job. However, now I am really looking forward to work as a freelancer as I used to get paid peanuts even after 4 years of experience in this field & a decent writing skill. But, the only issue I am going through is I haven't been offered any freelance work till now. Son it will be 3 months staying at home & I am still looking for freelance work. Ain't like I didn't find any but many aren't okay with the freelancers. I also thought to start blogging but, I do not have much knowledge on how to go about it. It will be rear great if you can help out & suggest me on these things.
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    Very nice article Satarupa , looking forward for more suggestions and work from opportunities in recruitment , administration or digital marketing
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    Great article... Nice of you to share your experience satarupa. Many thanks
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    Great article... Nice of you to share your experience satarupa. Many thanks
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    Supriya let me know if writing interests you and I'll be able to guide you along.
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    Thanks Piyusha:) Will surely share tips from time to time.
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    Hai I am SEEMA from Mysore I have 1.7 years of experience as HR in Chennai & one year worked as ADMINISTRATOR in college , I want to work from home rite now due to my daughter health condition ...Can anyone suggest me any job suitable to my profession ... I want to start up work again any domain , I dnt want to sit idle , Please to guide me .
  • R*****
    Hi Supriya, can you tell us more about yourself, your educational background, skill sets, experience? What kind of work opportunity are you interested in? Have you done any freelancing work before or just starting?
  • R*****
    Thanks Satarupa for this awesome piece and sharing your freelancing journey with our Sheroes.
  • S*****
    This is really very inspiring. Kindly suggest me also some jobs regarding this..
  • P*****
    This is really wonderful, Satarupa. Would love more of your guidance and tips in the Aspiring Writers community too. Many members there could benefit from you sharing your experiences.
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    Very inspiring
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