The life of a freelancer does sound like the real deal. You get to work on your own time, your own terms, and from wherever you want. All you need is a decent internet connection, and you’re set for the task. What’s not to like, really?
With 15 million freelancers, India is the largest freelancer market in the world – outside of the US. The freelance market isn’t just growing by volumes, it’s also growing by the latitude of skillsets in demand. In 2016, cloud and distributed computing, data entry and analytics user interface design, graphic design, digital and online marketing, web architecture, and development frameworks have emerged as the most in-demand skills for freelancers in India.
On the other side of the coin however, is the freelancer’s biggest nemesis – payments. No matter what line of work you are in, or how experienced you may be – you are sure to be chasing clients for payments for work done months ago and chewing your nails in frustration as you wait for a cheque to clear, or a deposit to materialise. But not anymore, thanks to PayPal.
So, how do you ensure that your clients pay you on time? To begin with, you can opt for a PayPal.Me account. The online payment giant now lets you can create your very own personalized business page and get paid quicker and easily. PayPal.Me, a customisable payment link, allows you to send the link to your client and tell them to pay. Once they’ve paid the agreed amount, your PayPal account gets credited automatically. So, even if you don’t have a website, it won’t affect your payments in any way.
To ease your payment issues further, you can also avail their invoicing solutions. So you can simply send your clients a professional invoice via e-mail, without any fuss whatsoever. It doesn’t matter where your clients are, because you have the option of receiving your payment in over 26 currencies and 200 countries. If you’re worried about defaulters, fraud and other security concerns, then the PayPal Seller Protection Policy has you covered.
Customers and businesses that hire freelancers, frequently list jobs on freelance marketplaces, and PayPal is accepted and trusted by top freelance marketplaces. So when you sign-up with PayPal, you get to work with more customers, across more geographies.
Brands like PayPal have always had the back of the freelancer community. They’re all about encouraging freelancers, which is very evident from their current #GoGlobalWithPayPal initiative. The campaign aims at motivating them to take the global leap in their freelancing careers, while cheering others who are keen on becoming freelancers. In fact, if you refer PayPal to a fellow freelancer/friend, you also stand the chance to win an iPhone7*
So, go out there (or stay in your room), and make the world your playground.