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How would freelance work be without internet and technology?

Internet and technology has been an innovative tool that has widened the scope of how freelancing is carried out. It made the reach of freelancing unlimited by giving you access to millions of people with the use of social media sites. 


Now, can you imagine how online freelance jobs would have been without the use of internet and technology? 

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amelia88

I agree that I think it would still exist in some form but in no way with the scope it does now. The internet makes it so easy for people to work from home doing their own thing. Even back in my parents day this would have been a dream...it wasn’t possible to do half the things we can do these days as a freelancer.



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Judas2018

Another reason why 'the web' has been so great for freelancing is the ability to string together multiple jobs with ease. Without the web, you'd have to travel to three or four places to meet the client, negotiate pricing and then move to start the work. But in my case, I've negotiated and closed upwards of four new deals on my phone while I was riding the subway home from work. Couldn't pull that off in the 70's. ;)



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amelia88

Absolutely! I’m a mom as well, and have small kiddos - so being able to work from home with the flexibility I have is incredible. I love that I can still be around for my kids but still contribute to my household financially.



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nrnlss

I agree with you, it became easy to negotiate and set an arrangement in web.



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Corzhens

You are right that it is not easy to be a freelancer without the benefit of the technology. Most of the freelancers in the olden days were the ambulant vendors and the insurance agents who go from house to house. In fact, my mother had bought an insurance from one agent who knocked on our door. It was a difficult job because you are exposed to the elements and there is also the risk of the criminals when you are roaming the city.



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theresajane

I agree with you. Freelance jobs without the internet would be different and few. It would be very far from what we are doing as internet makes everything easier, including the communication among people overseas.



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jaybee19

True. Freelancing is a thing ever since but it was very hard to become a freelancer in the past because there were only small opportunities for freelancers as every job were contract based. Now, with the help of the internet, almost anyone can be a freelancer with their skills without worrying about contract terms and most especially receiving much better salary than before.



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nrnlss

I agree and some don't get there contract extended.



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jaybee19

That is truly very sad. A lot of workers here actually complain about that and that is why our president at the moment created a law to ban contractual jobs. However, the only problem is, not all businesses here are compliant especially those that have connections with prominent politicians and so there are still workers who are enslaved with contracts that are sometimes unfair.



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stbrians

If a person who died 20 years ago is to rise up then the internet and technology will shock them. Internet improves services and makes it possible for many good things to happen. Online jobs are possible while working in the comfort of your house.



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Judas2018

I think it would still progress obviously, but the freelancers themselves would take a serious financial hit. Internet and technology have allowed freelancers to pick up work and jobs FAR outside their local area. Build their brands, and long lasting business relationships also. It's really helped freelancers become major players in the marketplace.



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allyn2017

I agree with you, the internet and social medias and website really helped freelance to have more costumers. Maybe if there is no internet we will be back at making flyers and posting it in walls and go door to door?



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stbrians

Technology has advanced freelancing to a certain high level. That is something so good. I concur with you that we shall still move on.



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menchuuy58

I think the answer is very obvious. Freelancing job will be useless and difficult without internet and technology. They are badly needed by the freelancers.



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esteban123

I think it would be very hard to work as a freelancer without the internet because most of the time I am dependent on it regarding on researching some information bout a certain article that I want to make. The use of internet is really advantageous in many ways because it can give us a lot of benefits. I cannot even works with other freelancing sites that I have if I don't an internet connection since I need it to submit articles directly to a certain company or websites



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Jeane

Before people used the internet as much as they do today, freelance writers had to do their research in libraries, others would talk with people who had information they needed, etc. The net has made research a lot easier but even without it when someone badly needed information, they'd find it.

By the way, occasionally when I can't find detailed information about a topic I'm researching instead of buying a book, I visit the local library see if I'll find what I need there.



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esteban123

Yes I agree with you that visiting to a library instead of buying a book is much better because we can save money and time from it. Besides the information that we need might be in the library already which is really good.



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Jeane

While it is possible to learn more about anything on the internet, if you want to create something that isn't elsewhere on the net, you'd have to find the information you'll use elsewhere.

It could be in books that are in a library or in old newspapers and magazines. There certainly is plenty that can be gained by anyone if they frequently spent more time in libraries.



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esteban123

Yes that is really true, in the absence of the internet I mainly find some great and useful information mostly in my old books at home or sometimes to some newspaper that I buy in my community.



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Youngshark

It can be easier and better to visit the library and get the information without having to burn money buying a book more so when handling a one time short project.



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anyone01

I would think freelancing will stay even without internet. But it will suddenly decrease because internet is the primary reason why we can work at home and stable internet connection is the essential requirements in online freelancing. To the freelancer the internet is the honey and butter so having no internet is means, problem.



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amelia88

I also think about how the internet opens up so many international doors for freelancing. Sure, you might find that freelancing would still exist without the internet, but you'd really be limited to clients that you could meet with face to face. The internet makes the world a much smaller place!



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stbrians

Let the truth prevail in this matter. If there is no internet then it will be hard to get jobs far away unless you travel or call. Freelancing will decrease and will not be prevalent as it is now.



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Jeane

you might find that freelancing would still exist without the internet, but you'd really be limited to clients that you could meet with face to face.

You could go old school - find a directory of publications.

In them you'll find out which magazines accept submissions from freelancers. Their contact information is provided. Next step is to write your query letter and send it to editors who you think might be interested in the article you've written or want to write. The only problem is you'd have to spend a lot of money sending lots of letters to editors.



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Jelineex

Yes, I agree with you. Internet offers great opportunity globally. More works and the chance to interact with other nationality. Experience is priceless. Thou, it's a place for opportunities. It's also a place for scammers. It's best to be careful and be safe.



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Judas2018

True. The one way you could still make it as a skilled freelancer without the internet is to put a large sum of money into other, older methods of advertising. Like billboards, skywriters, flyers and flyer drops, t.v. ads, radio ads, etc. These things however aren't cheap.



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amelia88

Yes, all those traditional forms of advertising aren’t cheap. There are a lot of ways to advertise on the internet that are free or relatively inexpensive compared to those traditional sources - and that’s another benefit of freelancing in our online world!



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theresajane

I agree with you. Since we can agree that internet has made everything easier, including freelance jobs, we can also agree that freelance jobs wouldn't be easier without internet. Internet is the main reason why the trend of freelance jobs increase.



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nrnlss

It will be more work to because internet makes the freelancing job easier.



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esteban123

Having no internet can greatly affects our freelancing earnings since most of the time I am using the internet as my main source of valuable information that I need to make an articles. I cannot do well honestly if internet connection would be absent since I am already used to it.



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theresajane

I personally think freelance jobs would still exist even without the internet. But, it wouldn't be as noisy as it is in the online world. Also, freelance jobs would only be limilited to your own country as you don't have the fastest way to communicate with people from other parts of the world.



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Judas2018

Yep. Now back in the day, and still today - there were businessmen who traveled all across the world to get deals done. They worked for major corporations though and normally flew on the company dime. The average freelancer however doesn't have those sorts of perks.



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nrnlss

yes, and you need to meet the client face to face. It will be more expensive too.



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Youngshark

We are only accounting the money here and forgetting about all the time that one will have to take or waste rather in some instances to sort out such deals. It is never guaranteed that they will be successful and this is why I put the word waste there.



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superlicca

Freelance jobs would still exist without internet but it will be difficult and the freelancers will only get the limited opportunity. We all know the convenience that internet brings to clients and freelancers and without the internet and technology, freelance job sites like Upwork and freeeup will not exist. These are the platforms for clients who want to hire experts and for freelancers who need jobs. With the help of these sites, hiring and getting a job is easier.



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cmoneyspinner

This is a great question. It made go and look it up. I was around before there was the Internet and I know that freelance jobs, in particular, freelance writing, did not begin with the Internet. So I did some poking around and found an interesting link.

"When freelance first came into English in the early 1800s, it was used to refer to a medieval mercenary who would fight for whichever nation or person paid them the most. ... " The Surprising History of 'Freelance'

Freelancers still offer their services and bargain for the best prices. The Internet and technology made freelancing a lot easier.



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amelia88

Man, I didn’t know the term freelance had such interesting historical origins! I wouldn’t have guessed at all that it’d been around since the early 1800’s! I guess that proves that freelancing did just fine in the age before the internet!



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NerdIndeed

Oh yes, of course. Prostitution is the oldest profession since the beginning of time, and I consider it as freelancing. Although if you render sexual services to someone exclusively 24/7, the term might not apply LOL.



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cmoneyspinner

Not so sure I agree with prostitution being freelancing. It was more like forced labor. But maybe we are reading from different history books. LOL.



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NerdIndeed

Haha! You believe that the prostitutes before were forced? I am not sure, but if I am basing my thoughts depending on human nature, I'm sure a few of them did it out of free will too, but not all of them.



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cmoneyspinner

Prostitution is no laughing matter. Human nature? Try to explain to a 12-year-old girl that the reason she's a prostitute is because it's her human nature.



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NerdIndeed

I don't mean to belittle the topic, forgive me, and I do agree that it's not a laughing matter. My point is that people do things based on their very own reasons and needs. We're both grown adults, and explaining it to a 12-year old is not necessary.



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stbrians

So if the internet suddenly goes dead freelancing will still there. It is fortunate that the internet is here to stay and so we shall still be as noisy as ever.



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overcast

I think freelancing was always there as an option to opt out of the people with business and organization. And it was from the start of the civilization. The reason some people always want to go their own way. So it was always something expected. I think it will continue to be there. No matter how people can see the difference with the tech skills. And if they want to work for their own self using it.



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allyn2017

I think if that happen, we will back to basic where we send flyers and post some poster in some walls advertising our service and whatnot.



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nrnlss

I agree with you, and where we make a small office in our house.



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Jeane

The only thing i hate about these forms of advertisement is that they would come at a cost. On the net you don't have to spend much to tell people about your services but offline, unless you are going door to door, meeting prospective clients and telling them about the services you are selling you'd have to spend money on any other advertising materials.

I like the idea of posters though. Can be a good way to acquire new customers quickly.



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Janie1994

Wouldn't freelance at that point just go back to being what it was before? Aside from freelance writing and mercenaries, freelance it basically what all artists did to make a living (unless they lucked out and became an artist sponsored by some wealthy family), artists created art until some organization/family/business noticed them and commissioned them to paint portraits, sculpt statues, write songs, etc. and then the artists went back to whatever they were doing beforehand.



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Judas2018

For certain artists it wouldn't dent their profits. But for most people it would. If you're in a small town or run a small shop, then all of your customers are local. But other people who have a broader audience, they definitely need the web to maintain connectivity with their customers, and grow their base.



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stbrians

Since there is internet then freelancing is done easily online. When there was no internet still there was freelancing and it was done differently. Things improve with technology and so is freelancing. Now we cannot imagine it without internet because we have it.



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nrnlss

Yes, there will be more work to do, the rate will probably go up and you will have to talk to client face to face.



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stbrians

This is the true look of things. The internet improves services of freelancing but it does not stop it if it stops. Freelancing was there and is still there whether there is internet or not. The only bad thing is that internet will harden the work of freelancing should it stop.



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jayjaydimson

Well, I'm actually a freelancer online, and I think not having an internet connection and an advanced technology, won't let me continue the freelancing online.



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focusedwriter10

I am of the same thinking. Without an internet connection, it means I am not earning. Thus, if the internet and technology were to end today, then that would be my end.

Although there are some freelance jobs that were there without internet and technology, they were limited, and hard to get. Most freelancers depends on internet connection and advanced tech.



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edencaga

Technology helped me a lot but I think If there were no internet or computer, I would be a regular employee in a company. I would not have been a freelancer so technology and internet really help us a lot. We can communicate with foreigners with the help of the internet.



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ajahcuizon

Me too. Without internet or technology, I could see myself working in a fastfood chain. Internet gave me an oppotunity to work while studying and I am really grateful for this chance.



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ajahcuizon

Honestly, I'm not that sure if freelancing could still make it without internet and technology. Well, maybe somehow but it will be difficult like you would be doing everything in manual. I, personally, take internet and technology as my investment for my work. Without them, I would not be able to work as a freelancer like today.



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vhinz

There would be no online freelancing without internet and technologies use for networking. Freelancers would still work offline but with limited and possibly local clients only. For example, a graphics artist would only offer his services to those he can meet personally or through referrals of acquaintances. Or he would be promoting his services through posters and newspapers hoping that people will call him for a job. And possibly most freelancers today would be aiming to get a regular day job to earn a decent income if there is no internet. And the rate of unemployed will be much higher.

The internet makes it possible for everyone to work from home with local and foreign clients. It opened up myriad opportunities to different people regardless of nationality around the world. I'm from the Philippines and many of my countrymen have been given the opportunity to earn big income through online freelancing. Many of them could hardly get a job before. But now they are earning as if they are working abroad. There are others who are working abroad were able to return back home and stayed for good and now are working online. While others have managed to create their own BPO companies and created jobs to other people.



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DenisP

Believe it or not, freelancing existed before the age of the internet. A lot of people, especially the younger generations, feel that the time before the internet was like some sort of dark age where there was no progress and famine and disease plagued the world.

Freelancers still had work, it was just far more limited and localized. As a freelancer, you’d put out ads around town and in the local newspaper that you were providing a certain service. You gave them your phone number and other contact information, and then waited.

Sure it was more complicated than simply creating an online profile, but the career existed.



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Youngshark

Can you imagine walking around asking people if there is a job that you can do for them. Also you are limited to working only in your location and the research options are limited as well. Even the imagination is painful.



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Judas2018

@Youngshark Indeed. Also what about the people whose freelance work is rooted in technology? Like developing apps, building websites, coding, etc. They'd be royally screwed if the worldwide web just disappeared over night.



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Youngshark

True there would be so many jobless people idling around or engaging in some other activities that may not be lawful. I love the magic that the internet and technology in general has brought to the world.



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NerdIndeed

It would be impossible though if it is possible, it will be utterly expensive especially if we're talking about cross country jobs. The online freelancing industry wouldn't even exist.



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focusedwriter10

Although it is possible, it would not only be expensive but also limited to very few individuals. I never knew of freelance jobs until when I joined the online industry.

Basically, online freelancing industry is the mother of all freelance jobs, and millions of people around the world depend on this industry to earn a living.



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NerdIndeed

I know right. Believe it or not, I only found out that people were earning online last year. I even doubted a friend of mine who said it's utterly possible. I did my research and then here I am today, a part of the ninja squad. Haha!



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jpk0007

I think that it will be possible to do freelancing without the Internet but it will be very difficult. The first and the most important impact would be on the earnings of all the freelancers. Things that happen in minutes will take hours to complete without the internet. I think that such a situation will be a nightmare for all the freelancers who work online.



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Judas2018

jpk0007 I think the one advantage freelancers would have though in a world with no internet is the opportunity to sharpen their phone skills. Without technology, you'd be talking to a lot of potential customers on the phone. So if your skills in that area are sorely or somewhat lacking, that'd be your chance to sharpen them.



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mosesoscar

"Imagine what online job will be without the internet". I'm wondering what "online" could mean without the internet.

It will mean a lot of traveling, loads of paper work, plenty hours to spend meeting clients and all those



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nrnlss

Yes, it will be hassle in both party.



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theresajane

I agree with you. Internet has helped a lot of people an has been lifting the workloads of many people.



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nrnlss

I think it will be back ti basic, like we used to before. Set up a small office inside the house and spread some flyers. I also think it would be more hard work and the rate will increase.



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HappyLady

I am old enough to tell you. It was not easy. In post University days, I got lucky and cleaned for a guy who then gave me freelance typing on my Remmington typewriter, freelance teaching and eventually employed me to run a tutorial school. However, I cannot think how I would have worked without the Internet. It was not easy to do other than a paid employee job back then and of course, you could not be International. You had to put advertsi in newsagents, give out flyers and sit by a telephone attatched to a wall in your house.



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Corzhens

I had seen freelancers do their thing before the digital technology came around. We had a neighbor who was into buy and sell. He would scour the neighborhood for used items of interest that he could re-sell. We called him “buy-and-sell” because he had been doing that business for a long time. People who need money would sell their electric fan for a cheap price and the freelancer would clean it and even refurbish it so he could sell it for a good profit. The freelancers of yore have to walk around unlike now that we can use the internet for purposes of marketing.



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overcast

Freelancing work is possible to be done locally. But you need to do heavy networking. And also have to learn more about how the freelancing may be effective in context of making new contacts. I have seen people networking and connecting to more people. But the thing that making new contact and getting them to work and earn from those leads would be not that easy.



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agbuyarashel

Dont say that, thats cery terrifying. A lot of people like us wont have the opportunity to stay at home to do the things we want to do while being able to earn.
I am still a student and this freelancing helps me to oractice my communication skills even just through writing and posting. I wish a lot of companies would offer this kind of job because a lot of us will surely benefit from it.



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mhingnhormz

How would freelance work be without internet: For me it will still work but not as boom as of now. There will be a great challenge for those who start freelancing in internet easy way. The earnings may decrease of course and if that happens the numbers of freelancers will decrease too.



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luv2xacosta

Freelancing would not be easier without internet and technologies. It may be existed but could not access on it. I am thankful by the power of technology because you can work at home and there is hassle going to the office. You can bring your job at home. Freelancing without internet, it would be very difficult to generate money.



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Jelineex

I guess freelance work without internet and technology will still be fine. Since, we get to do jobs that is not internet related. There will be no complains. But because of the our technology, jobs are evolving as well. So, we prefer to do it in connection for much easier access and convenience. We love our ways today than before.



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jaymish2

I can’t even imagine this. I think that the internet has opened up the world of freelancing. I think that now you can freelance from anywhere in the world. You can get clients from all over the world. Imagine if you had to apply for freelancing opportunities in person. I somehow don’t think that this will work out well. I don’t think that freelancing as an industry would exist as widely as it does well. You’ve got to love the internet and technology.



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esteban123

I think it would be very hard for me to work on my freelancing sites if there is no internet connection because most of them are dependent to it. I cannot have an access on my freelancing sites without the internet which is something that serve as my ID to enter the online world. I may end up stagnant and not able to work in the absence of the internet which mainly gives alot of benefits to me.



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astraherondale

Without internet and technology, well, "online" freelancing jobs would cease to exist. Back in the olden days when there was no internet connectivity yet, freelancing meant posting what you can offer and your credentials on public spaces - walls, posts, etcetera. Definitely it would be way less lucrative and successful.



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knnon

Without internet and technology, online freelance jobs would just be the regular freelance jobs that we've had before the internet and all our technological advancements. Freelancers would be researching the old fashioned way, work would still be available but it would be limited to location, and writers would just have to write using the good old trusted pen and paper. Freelance jobs would still be around even without the internet and technology, just the not so digital form of it.



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stormbreaker10

My perspective, we can still do the freelancing because it so wide to choose the work in freelancing like selling products door to door or doing editing video of your classmate.



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Bravosi

Hey there!
To be honest with you friend, I think freelancing wouldn't be even a thing without modern internet and technology. So all the freelancers, and those who hire them would go bankrupt.
Instead we would have some offices with people working there.



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koki12346

I would maybe exist in some form. but mainly it would be dead. Internet is the biggest thing of today and mostly all of the things people do are online.



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davedaot04

Well I think that it will not work because if it does then people would just prefer working in local jobs or international jobs rather than freelancing and working it home, it would be such a stressful kind of job because how can you be able to communicate fast with your employers. And also it's really hard to get a job without internet and technology.



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jessie271

Internet is a very helpful tool for freelancers nowadays. But not just to freelancers but even to business owners (both big and small businesses), students, part-timers who are looking for additional income, stay at home parents, unemployed, self-employed etc. The internet is really a great help. You can earn money by just looking for available jobs online that suits you best and working on it. It gives more opportunity to people around the world and it gives you job offers from different countries around the world too. Without the internet, I think we cannot have more opportunities like this. Opportunities will be limited.



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JBeleren

It would exist in another form but it would be much more difficult to find jobs and communicate with possible customers and employers. Transactions would have to be face to face or only through the phone and it will limit the opportunities available to freelancers.



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