When people think of freelancing, they usually imagine someone being able to wake up late, work in their pajamas, and basically do whatever they want. Life is so relaxing outside the corporate world. While it is better in many aspects, freelancers play a very important role as highly specialized problem solvers. This role must not be undermined (Ahem, clients who insist on underpaying for services).
We are the bridge builders. It is not unlike the movies where the protagonist always finds himself needing the help of an unlikely hero … we are that unlikely hero! We’re the disregarded masterminds that have the unusual skill that is VERY helpful and essential to YOU (the client) reaching the finish line. You’ve come to an impassible chasm, and while you can see the finish line from across the way, you have no way of getting there. Without us, all the hard work you have invested in this venture will go to waste. We build the bridge that helps you surpass this chasm. We supply you with the boat to cross the river. We supply you with the magic potion that takes you to your Wonderland. Without us, you’d be like Nike without the swoosh. Boy would things be different.
I have a real soft spot for freelancers because I essentially grew up with freelancers around me as a child. My Auntie, the hairdresser. My Uncle, the cook. My dad, the construction worker. Without them, life would be very different. Respect these men and women of specialized talent, as they all play a very important role and deserve to be paid the fair share of value they provide.
by Jason Lam