A simple meet-up with some of my high school friends have opened my eyes to a great problem Indonesian youths are now facing. Most of my friends have now graduated university, some others are on their final year or finalizing their internship. Most of them, however, are in the middle of job search; sighing in desperation on how hard it is to find a job. And me? I crack a sympathetic smile. The past months I have joined the rank of freelancers in Indonesia. Freelancing Jobs in Indonesia, like any other jobs have its challenges. But here’s why you need to consider freelancing.
When I first started freelancing, and I’m speaking from my personal experience, I started because of curiosity. A family member had casually suggested doing online jobs, and directed me to platforms that allow prospective client to hire freelancers. At first, I was also hesitant. Freelancing Jobs in Indonesia is not very common, and instead, we are accustomed to conventional job search from newspapers. Some people still consider freelancing not a “real” job, and we should, by any means try to find better job; those that comes with job stability and fixed working hours.
But is it true? Sadly, many are now trapped in this mindset, that freelancing in Indonesia won’t get you anywhere, it doesn’t sound reputable, you’ll have a hard time building your resume on the basis of freelance jobs, and the worst, you won’t get paid enough. I have suggested most of my friends to start freelancing once their schedule allows; just to get the hang of it and see how it turns out. Almost all of them politely refuse, saying that they’ll start searching for a job once they’re graduated.
Unfortunately, the competitive job market has made it almost impossible for many fresh graduates to earn a reasonable pay. Companies press these young ones, saying that there are many others who are willing to be paid less and the common “you-should-start-from-the-bottom” excuse.
However, once you start freelancing, you will see that instead of your age, gender, or your educational background, clients tend to look for capable freelancers; those who will deliver quality work timely with reasonable offer. After getting feedback, you will slowly build your reputation on certain platforms. Your client will assess you justly, and they do not hold back giving compliments that will boost your profile. Unlike most companies that will pressure you to work with wage that is less than what you deserve, clients are willing to pay higher price for better work; so make sure that you know what you are good at.
Freelancing Jobs in Indonesia, is certainly something that not many people are aware of. And I’m very proud to say that I am one among Truelancer Indonesian freelancers, that have built my career just by sending proposal and sample works to prospective clients. I am definitely not underpaid, I am in charge of my own schedule, and I have working experience that I can scribe in my resume despite my age; a privilege most of my same-aged friends do not have. To be frank, I myself do not know until when do I have to work as a freelancer. Will I keep freelancing in 3, 5, or 10 years? I can’t tell. What I do know, is that I enjoy freelancing. If you want to experience the same enjoyment, join the freelancers of Indonesia in Truelancer by signing up here, and start working!
An Indonesian native, a linguist, and an enthusiastic writer. As a writer, Fawnia has written hundreds of articles that you can read in various websites. A passionate worker that would like to share the beauty of words with readers all over the globe