Word Origins: Freelance

Business Innovations

13 September 2017

Word Origins: Freelance

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial

If you thought freelance and freelancing was a discovery made in recent years, you are in for a surprise. As it turns out, it’s a pretty old word, way before the advent of the internet.

Meaning

All through, the meaning of freelancer — or freelance, as was used in the beginning — has remained more or less the same: A person who manages and sells his services on an individual basis. Freelancing today simply means working on a contract basis with multiple clients, instead of a single company as an employee.

History

First used in Ivanhoe, a novel by Sir Walter Scott in 1819, ‘freelances’ meant Italian and French mercenaries, whose services (skill with a lance or sword) were hired by wealthy landlords. Scott seems to have coined this word from two separate words, free and lance: Free men skilled in lances, available for hire.The famously quoted line of Ivanhoe is:

“I offered Richard the service of my Free Lances, and he refused them….”

Ever since Scott used it, freelance became a synonym for mercenary soldiers. By the early twentieth century, the word became a verb.

The word ‘free-lance’ (with a hyphen) also appeared in P.G. Wodehouse’s short story, The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy, in 1930.

….but at that time he was what they call a free-lance, bunging in a short story here and a set of verses there and generally enjoying himself.

Here, Wodehouse calls a writer a freelancer, who makes a joyful living by selling his writing skills without having to submit to a boss.

Usage and origin

The Deskmag Global Survey has found freelancers to be happier in general about their professional life than traditional workers. The logic behind this lies at the root of these two words. Etymologically, ‘free’ has its origin in the German language, and it means ‘to love’; while ‘lance’ comes from an old French word ‘launch’, meaning discharge or to throw. Freelancers are happy because they get to choose their work and so discharge their creative force into it completely. The Oxford English Dictionary recognized the term ‘freelance’ as a verb in 1903.

Current Day Scenario

Freelancing got the biggest boost with the advent of the internet. Professionals started looking for jobs on the project basis, and now virtually anyone can become a freelancer. In a way, the internet has helped individuals set up their shops digitally. With the click of a button from your living room, you can present your portfolio to a client, and also choose the clients that suit you. Freelancers have thrived in the post internet era, leading to an emergence of different types of freelancing and in a wide range of categories.

Freelancers often work remotely and need flexible workspaces which have given rise to a spate of co-working spaces. These spaces are generally geared to inspire creativity, encourage collaboration while at the same time providing freelancers a professional environment and network.

Conclusion

Philosophically, the challenges that we face are the same as our ancestors faced hundreds of years ago. We are fighting for the promise of pride for our work; we are looking for a sense of fulfillment in the skills that we possess. And the solution to this challenge lies in the very root: Your work and your weapon. Engage yourself in the work you love. The passion will show in your creations and eventually raise the quality of happiness.

5 Apps to Increase Productivity at Work

Business Innovations

25 August 2021

5 Apps to Increase Productivity at Work

  • Posted by awfis

Life has become much easier with the advent of technology. With access to latest technology, work has become less strenuous. The biggest contribution to technology has been the invention of smartphones. They have not only made communication easy, but also play core to organize our lives. The hundreds of ‘add on apps’ have made life stress-free and have definitely helped increase productivity, in every possible way.

App

Here are some applications that we feel will help you outperform at work.

  1. WandurList:

As the name suggests WandurList is an app that helps you in maintaining a number of lists. It is a clean application which enables you to make multiple lists under various folders. It is available for Android, iOS and web users, but what makes it stand out is that WandurList enables you to access the lists from anywhere and from any device. The lists that you make are saved in the cloud, thus letting you share the lists with the other users. So the next time you are out of your office and need to assign work or access previous work, WandurList will be your go to app.
wunderlist.com

  1. Shoeboxed:

Tired of keeping track of your expense receipts before submitting for tax reduction every month? We have a perfect solution for you. Use shoebox and say goodbye to the strenuous process of filling out forms. Shoeboxed is perfect for people who are up and about in the name of the business. Shoebox can access either via android, iOS mobiles or also via the web. Scan the bills and Shoebox sorts out and collates the receipts for you and also generates an expense report.  By the end of the month all you will have to do is send it out to your accounts team.
shoeboxed.com

  1. Speek:

Conference calling is an important aspect of how work happens in the business world. With growing business environment one needs to connect to people from various parts of the world and that’s where Speek steps in. It is an application that enables you to have a con-call by eliminating the process of dialling the numbers and the pin codes. Speek gives you a personal link which has to be shared with the people you want to have the conference call with and all they have to do is click the link to join in via their laptop, smartphone or the computer. So want to make a conference call? It’s just a link away now!
speek.com

  1. Keeper:

Have a lot of passwords of various platforms to keep track of? Tired of sending email to the IT to retrieve your passwords? This application takes that burden of remembering passwords off your shoulders. You have one master password that has all the passwords stored in it. If any hack is attempted all the passwords are automatically erased to maintain secrecy. This application can be accessed via a phone, laptop or a computer with the android, IOS software or by using the web.
keepersecurity.com

  1. Prezi:

Need to make flawless presentations that capture your client’s attention? We have a unique cloud based presentation application – Prezi. This app lets you put down all the information on one canvas and mark it out instead of making separate slides. It uses Adobe Flash Technology to animate the presentation. The application is easy to use and is also compatible for Windows, chrome, iOS and the Web.
prezi.com

Try the apps out and see the increased productivity that these applications bring about in your work life!

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Freelancers Work Better in Office Spaces than Coffee Shops

Business Innovations

25 August 2021

Freelancers Work Better in Office Spaces than Coffee Shops

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You would have seen freelancers and solopreneurs working intensely at coffee shops, buying a cup of coffee accompanied with something to bite on now and then, more to keep the table occupied rather than ordering by choice! But working out of a coffee shop comes with a set of challenges. Being in such a relaxed, casual ambience for work, you are not really motivated enough and you can only rely on self-motivation to keep you going.

Thankfully, this is something that can be resolved by working at collaborative office spaces. Leased workspaces and desks that you can find on a reliable collaborative working website like https://www.awfis.com/inspiration/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/shutterstock_3835072871.jpg.com will also give you access to all amenities that you need when you work in an office, like free Wi-Fi and unlimited tea and coffee to keep you fueled up.

Freelancers in office spaces

Freelancers are looking for offices spaces with a positive atmosphere to conduct their work. More often than not, freelancers have a lonely job. They are at their laptops doing their work. However, at home, they have several distractions to keep them away from their desk. Coffee shops do not make the best talking environments for productive business meetings as a plethora of distractions come your way. No such worries exist in a collaborative working space where you are paying rent to be at your desk for work.

Let’s talk about the motivation factor now. Because you are in a roomful of people working on their desks, you are motivated to be a part of that workforce. You can make some great professional friends. As a freelancer, you cannot deny that working alongside others is a much better feeling that being a lone wolf, especially on days when things are a bit rusty. The general working ambience keeps you afloat, something that you find in plenty of plug & play rented office spaces.

If you have not considered working in a collaborative working environment, now is a good time to do that. All your criteria will be met and your business will commence in a cheerful and inspiring environment. After all, your venture deserves only the best.

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For Young Entrepreneurs in India, Awfis is the New Office

Business Innovations

25 August 2021

For Young Entrepreneurs in India, Awfis is the New Office

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As they say, all you need to succeed is a big idea!
However, in the fiercely competitive world, you have to be careful about how you use that big idea. When you start off, you have multiple challenges on your side, including the really daunting one of arranging for start-up capital. You will be surprised to know the number of Unicorns which started off on a shoestring budget.

Things have changed since. You no longer need to set up a big office space and buy all the furniture necessary to set off your own company. Welcome to a new way of working out of an office: Awfis! At Awfis, you will get exactly what you need for your start-up or your work as an entrepreneur: a highly productive space to conduct your business.

Awfis is your new Office

Collaborative working has been around for a while now, but it is only now that it is starting to catch up here in India. At the forefront of this change is Awfis. We have Pro-Working centres where you can work in your own leased offices, along with your own team of professionals. For those who are playing it out as a lone wolf now, this is a better opportunity to make your mark!

There are many reasons why Awfis is the new office today. For example, the meeting rooms which we have in the leading cities of the country are all located in premium destinations. The centrality of the location makes it easier for you to commute and network with people for meetings and discussions. Clients and customers will not shy away from visiting your office premises because it is far away. Your business is in a better position, location wise.

Additionally, you are working alongside professionals who can turn out to be excellent future business contacts for you. Who knows, you may get the next big project from the person seated right next to you in the collaborative working ambiance! Also you may not have to hunt around for a professional in a desired field because the person may be working in the next cabin. Collaborative pro-working spaces are an excellent choice for business networking.

Awfis ensures that you get the best technological and infrastructural support when you work in our Co-Working centres. You will appreciate the environment and that will certainly inspire you to work even harder, the wind beneath the sails that you need when you are starting off.