Becoming a Freelance Cook
We all know the appeal of ‘becoming your own boss’ - it all sounds idyllic for those whose skills lend themselves to a life of working from home. The internet has given rise to all types of new opportunities for people with skills which are easily transferable, particularly people providing services. So it is not surprising to find that many designers, photographers, translators and programmers (for example) have made careers for themselves by becoming freelancers. Probably most popular of all are writers, who can effectively carry their whole ‘office’ with them in a laptop!
But as the internet develops and becomes more far-reaching in our lives, freelancing has started to expand out from simply providers of services to more complex offerings, even drawing in people whose have skills which were previously not easy to find a market for. Uber created a marketplace for drivers who wanted to provide transportation services in their own free time, using their own cars, and blablacar also has allowed people with private vehicles to make an extra income from selling spare seats in their car whenever they go on a long journey. Airbnb has allowed property owners to rent out spare rooms without becoming hoteliers. Another extremely interesting site is Shiply, an online courier marketplace where anyone (with a car or van at least) can register and offer their services to move parcels around Europe - by bidding against other similar providers. Gone are the days when this market was dominated by a few large players like the national postal services and the large courier companies!
This pattern is set to expand into all areas of our lives, including food. Open platforms like Eataway provide a place where cooks from anywhere in the world can show their cooking skills, by uploading photos of their food to their profile, sharing their story and inviting people from around the world to share a meal at their home.
All of these ideas are great not only because they provide employment, but because they reduce waste and bring communities together. They also allow people to be flexible in how they use their time and their skills, unlike traditional businesses with their office hours. And because they can operate without the large overheads of traditional businesses, they are efficient and can be very competitive. Being a freelancer also allows you to try your particular career without sinking all your savings into making your own business right away, and this is particularly important when setting up a business (such as a restaurant) can be an expensive undertaking.
Thanks to the internet there have never been more opportunities than now for freelancers, and chances to turn a passion or a hobby into a satisfying job. The internet has indeed created a global marketplace where everyone’s skills and abilities can finally be shared, discovered, and appreciated.