For last seven years, I have more professional interactions with freelancers than any other professional class. Yesterday, me and my friend Gobinda Roy had spent a day while Calcutta skies rained in abundance and we talked of scarcity – of jobs, of projects as economic bad news poured in. The best lacks conviction and worst jumping in passionate intensity. Those who know are not speaking because they know the depth and fools and rascals speaking nonsense, which is anyway their birth-right and almost immutable property.
I hear that there will be 1.7 million engineering graduates in India this year and around 0.3 million management graduates. It appears that the current job market will not be able to absorb them. A majority will be underemployed, un-employed or will do something that only future knows.
We can argue with some confidence that some of these young men and women will consider becoming a freelancer and will wait for better time.
I was asking my friend as if in this dark evening, some ectoplasm of a young man of 22 appears and ask us – ‘I would like to be a freelancer. What is your advice ?’
I searched and here is a post – Ten Commandments for a Freelancer (http://wp.me/pBIkQ-2S)
1. All the seminal and enduring works of Civilization are done either by formal freelancers or those who think like Freelancers.
2. You have not become a Freelancer only for earning the daily bread.
3. You have announced an open and honest war to achieve greatness by not being under an umbrella going under the names of corporate job, government bureaucracy, pen-pushing and escapism.
4. You are the Judge, Jury and Executioner of the Job.
5. Being a freeman (or woman), you need to be very serious in choosing your spouse and association
6. Dont be under debt. Ancient Rome, British Empire, Contemporary America all have been witness to the ruinous effect of Debt. In case of debt, only take debt for house, business and education (not the parchment but which enriches)
7. Read, Discuss and Share. You are not bound by any law other than the natural law of the land, common decency and the Lord’s Call.
8. Dont work for so called success. That is for third class worker. Work for the success of your clients.
9. Respect Freedom of others.
10. Use the sublime autonomy you have to leave some works done solely for others or without any self-gain