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Is Freelancing a Good Idea in the Middle East Job Market?

a 10 11 Enter Tob Bhift м Cort Business diary х Shift Alt Ctr Memo Is Freelancing a Good Idea in the MENA Job Market? In the current shaky but recovering Middle East and North Africa job market, freelancing can open up a host of opportunities for professionals to earn supplementary income, or even provide a viable primary source of income. But how lucrative is this option perceived to be? 7 in 10 professionals in the Middle East and North Africa think freelancing is a good option for those working in the region! TOP BENEFITS FOR FREELANCERS 31% 24% 12% of professionals say freelancing is a good option for better work-life of professionals say freelancing will allow more of professionals feel freelancing can give more control over your focus on what you love to do balance career path 55% 64% 15% of professionals say freelancers have potential to of professionals would take up of professionals say freelancing allows you to freelancing to earn more than explore other earn more full-time career professionals opportunities ANATOMY OF A FREELANCER Good freelancers are seen as Freelancing is seen as a viable career option for those in these people with the following qualities: career levels: 28% 50% Students and Flexible and adaptable fresh graduates 16% 22% Great self-confidence Professionals 15% with 5-10 years experience Good at multi-tasking 15% 12% Good time management skills Professionals 10% with 15+ years experience Good communication skills ARE YOu READY TO FREELANCE? Here are Bayt.com's top tips to find out. 1 Carefully assess your current situation. You need to have the right professional skills to be a freelancer, according to 5 in 10 professionals. Ask yourself: "Am I ready to leave a full-time job?" "Do I have the skill-set that is in demand?" 69% of professionals say 'Yes, I would freelance on a full-time basis.' 2 Networking is key. Start by working for people you know to gain experience. 44% of respondents in the MENA region are connected to five or more professionals who work as freelancers. 3 Market yourself well. Companies do need freelancers. БаУЕ 53% of professionals say their company outsources work to freelancers. Make sure you have a good online public profile on a key regional career networking site like Bayt.com that describes your skills and past projects. 4 Plan and get your paperwork in order. 31% don't know how or where to start from. Familiarize yourself with market rates and how to draft contracts; these are important for every project you undertake. 16% don't consider freelancing because of visa ISSUES. Speak to a legal professional and find out how you can licence your services. WHY COMPANIES NEED FREELANCERS 16.4% 30.4% Hiring freelancers is cheaper Freelancers are better at delivering within tight deadlines 24.8% 28.4% Freelancers are good for contingency planning Freelancers are more skilled and efficient between hires BAYE From the Bayt.com "State of the Freelance Market in the MENA Region", Job Seeker Poll, May 2013. For more research and reports on the Middle East, visit: The Middle East's #1 Job Site www.bayt.com/en/research-reports/ Paris. •.... •.... .... •.. .....

Is Freelancing a Good Idea in the Middle East Job Market?

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In the current shaky but recovering Middle East job market, freelancing can open up a host of opportunities for professionals to earn supplementary income, or even as a primary source of income. But h...

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