Freelancing is a whole new concept that has created a whirlwind effect on the job market.
Freelancing gave a feeling of emancipation from the rigid nine to five work schedule that fathers and grandfathers have pursued with forever.
The 70s, 80s, and 90s were the time of the corporations which hired the best talents in the market.
With the onset of the 21st-century things changed as the internet and evolving technologies made it easier to work away from the grind.
Corporate downsizing further helped people to strike out on their own and choose the freelancing way of working.
Concepts of work-life balance and growing feuds with the employers also paved the way for it.
Freelancers were no longer lacking in ambition, professionalism or talent.
Companies relied on freelancers to get their work done during time crunch with perfection minus the fuss.
This contingent force is likely to increase by at least 35% in 2018 according to studies and by 2020 to nearly 40%.
Many feel that this increasing workforce is somehow lacking in business ethics as well as professional skills.
To many, it is ruining the existing set up of codes and ethics with its freewheeling and no fuss way of dealing with issues.
Transparency and consistency in the work rates is an important aspect of running a proper business while in freelancing none of these two concepts are absent.
The lack of it is causing the exploitation of hardworking writers and programmers.
The rates quoted for projects fall in the attempt to get sufficient work.
Also, the presence of multiple middlemen ensures that the freelancers at the receiving end are paid much less than their worth.
This is constantly leading to reduced quality of work and lower payments.
This lack of ethics is leading the freelancing world to a downside.
Check out the following cases where freelancing does not follow the rulebook:
It is imperative that you check the background of your client and vice versa.
In freelancing nobody knows the end client in most cases.
A freelancer picks up whatever work comes his way.
So, unknowingly the freelancer ends up supporting a man selling guns.
There is hardly any scope of involving professional ethics in such a case.
When two clients want the same results should you give it to both? If yes, then, how?
Repeating the winning tactics for both will inevitably lead to a problem.
In freelancing there is hardly any contract in place which involves intellectual rights or copyright.
So, there is not much place left for professionalism.
Working for a bad client
A company with its legal representatives can take up the issue of non-payment from a client.
While alone freelancer does not have much scope for it.
Even if you opt for the public shaming of a client on social media in nine out of ten cases the profile is completely fake.
So, freelancers often let the offenders go scot free.
This is quite against business ethics but there is not much that freelancers can do about it.
Giving the client what he demands
Freelancers often understand that the project will hit a hurdle but since their opinions are not taken into consideration such disasters cannot be avoided.
It often leads to an unavoidable miscommunication with the client.
Professional ethics demand that the pros and cons are discussed beforehand but in freelancing it is not possible always.
Freelancers often hesitate from recommending another freelancer because it might lead to competition and loss of work.
Since they are looking after individual needs instead of the betterment of the company you won’t find many freelancers recommending others.
Projects that are too big to be handled alone need to be outsourced to other writers, but is it appropriate to tell the client about it?
It is professional to inform the client about the same but in freelancing the end client is often not informed.
Freelancing lacks the business ethics because it does not have the structure of a company.
Corporations and companies possess legalities, ethical standards, strict timings, pay cuts and everything else that workers disagreed with.
It also had regular payments, bonuses and financial benefits that freelancing lacks.
Even if it ruining what companies stood for freelancing still has perks of its own which are ensuring its growth in future.