The modern day goal is the pursuit of freedom and happiness or what Aristotle refers to as eudaimonia. This assumes two premises, firstly that you are in control of your career options and choices and secondly that you have freedom over your time, you have the choose what to do with your time without your choices having a severely adverse effect on your living standards.
To reach this modern day eudaimonia you have to take some risks or make some sacrifices. You either choose to sacrifice capital and time to start your own venture with the hope of attaining career control and maximizing your wealth creation prospects or you may choose to sacrifice your financial resources and current living standards to invest in the stock market, security bonds or startups with the hope of having your money, ‘work for you’ to increase your wealth.
Why not choose a third option, freelancing. By sacrificing some of your time and energy (to master your art) you open up the possibility of either having an additional income stream freelancing or pursuing a full-time fulfilling career as a freelancing expert. Work is something that is supposed to be enjoyable, and freelancing offers a platform for you to pursue your work absent office politics, intrusive management and doing tasks you do not necessarily enjoy for the sake of, ‘furthering your career’. More importantly, freelancing grants you control of your working environment, who you work with and how often you work. This is the freedom you are craving.
We understand that currently the ‘freelancer’ label in Africa comes with a number of negative connotations, for example the assumption and rightly so is that freelancing is a thankless job with very little security and is underpaying. We picture freelancers as semi-skilled people creating profiles on one of the hundreds of freelancing marketplaces and spending an inordinate amount of time marketing their services to clients with inane and vaguely defined projects for example, ‘build me a site that is a mixture of Facebook, Tinder and has an e-commerce element’ and clients with unrealistic expectations i.e I’ll pay you R 2,000 for a project that easily costs tens of thousands. This is slander to what is in its purest form, the next step in the employment market’s evolutionary process. This has to change.
From the employer/client’s perspective we understand the harsh reality that relying on freelancers often leads to disappointment. The idea of working with an individual who is not employed by your organization and has not acquired your trust, through having worked with you for a number of years, or through being referred to you by a trusted source is a huge risk that is often not worth taking. It may appear hard to foresee a scenario where the benefits of such a working relationship would outweigh the risk of working with a potentially unreliable individual. Hooros presents itself an exclusive marketplace offering accountability to clients to ensure that freelance talent is competent and adequately managed. By removing the risk element we expose you, the client, to the financial benefits of working with a freelancer/freelance team who you only have to pay as and when there is a project thus cutting your wage bill and any wage wastage you may incur by taking up new permanent staff. You also benefit from having access to top talent all across Africa and across three vital verticals; design, software engineering and content and technical copy-writing. Suddenly working with freelancers appears to be a very painless and advantageous undertaking.
Think of us as the spouse that gives you the freedom to have an open relationship. Welcome to the Hooros Age