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A freelancer is self-employed and will do occasional work for different companies.
Not having one particular employer gives a freelancer a significant level of freedom as they are not tied to one style of work.
Many choose to take this route within the building and construction industry as it enables them to work on a variety of different jobs with different requirements.
This means that they can be a self-employed engineer/contractor and enjoy greater variety in their working life.
Many people with experience in creative, design and communications services will set themselves up as freelancers and work independently of an agency or company.
Often many will sign up with an agency that finds work for freelancers and freelance employees for different companies. Payment for freelancers varies hugely.
Many will charge by the hour or day or on a per-project basis; some have adopted a value-based pricing method which is payment based on the results of the work completed.
Although freelancers may not have a regular source of income, this type of work does give them the freedom to choose their own work schedule and gain wide-ranging experience.
This will lead to a broad portfolio of work and a huge network of clients leading to many career opportunities.