My thought on that is YES I feel a lot of rich people provide a service.
We need economic activity to create wealth. That's the beauty of freelancing. Rather than waiting for the government to send you a check every month you are hustling to make a buck.
Freelancing is also a good fallback to the tough job market. There's always someone looking for quality services and the internet is a perfect medium to find work.
I kept thinking of lawyers while posting this. That is an perfect example. Here you have an office or firm with some tight knitted lawyers working in it. You walk in wanting to hire them. It doesn't really matter how big you are. If you dont play by their book they send you out the door. Lawyers are in fact professional freelancers in law.
A freelance server salesman could make the millions :) Also if you would work for a bank, to get new clients for i.e. housing sales or loans.
I think it can make you rich. Writing is something that will always exist. Even though machines and programs are getting good at spitting BS out, nothing can compare to the human touch. As writers we give a piece of paper (or text document) SOUL. It depends on your niche, your expertise, your style, and who you know.
@Topic, freelancing can make you rich if you know how to spend your money very well. Even though you are earning $1million/day if you spend $1.1m a day then it's no good right?
I'm going to lean on Merriam-Webster for this, even if Obama might not approve of dictionaries. :rofl:
* Main Entry: free·lance
* Pronunciation: \ˈfrē-ˌlan(t)s\
* Function: noun
* Date: 1820
1. a: usually free lance : a mercenary soldier especially of the Middle Ages : condottiere b: a person who acts independently without being affiliated with or authorized by an organization
2. a person who pursues a profession without a long-term commitment to any one employer
The term "freelancing" includes the component of working for someone else.
In any situation where you are selling your own professional services, like a doctor or a lawyer, you will be limited by the number of hours in a day. The problem with freelancing is scalability.
Doctors and lawyers can become moderately wealthy, but most of them do this from investing their earnings.
To become truly "rich", you really have to work for yourself -- and get other people to work for you.
Very few top notch SEO accept client work. Instead, they have discovered that it is far more profitable to work on their own sites. In addition, it's a lot less hassle.
Freelancing is a great way to get started and it's very useful in funding your long-term projects. But, I would counsel against freelancing as a long-term strategic plan.
I heard somewhere years back the in order to be really rich your work/product needed to be duplicatable if that is true. Don't tell google. :)
As an indi whatever you do. You only have 24 hr in a day.
As a matter of fact, freelancing might get you rich, if you are willing to work hard.
Even if you don't get rich, you will still have freedom to work whenever you want and on the projects that you want. Of course, only after you are an established provider.
A freelancer is like an alternative to a regular 9 to 5 work;
It depends only on you where you get with it.