6 Tips Freelancers can Learn from Beggars

Living in South Africa, we come across beggars everyday of our lives. I classify beggars as people that constantly keep asking you for things; food, money, clothing etc. It doesn’t matter where in South Africa you go you will most likely see more than a 100 beggars a day, simply because we live in a poor country, but there is much to learn from these human beings. Freelancing can some what relate to these situations and you can actually learn something helpful by just looking at their lifestyles. Check out the tips below.

1. Making the most of every Situation.

Starting out as a freelancer could be hard work if you don’t have any money saved up or funding from a external source. You have to make the most of every situation you find yourself in to come out at the top. Beggars make cardboard houses if they don’t have a real roof over their heads for the night, they make the most out of every situation they find themselves in.

2. Working Hard.

Even though beggars don’t receive a lot of money, they work hard and never complain. They aren’t like us that kick up a storm if we don’t receive $20 of the outstanding amount. They are happy to receive a small amount for their hard work. ” I’m not saying you should leave outstanding invoices, I’m just making a point.”

3. Grateful for what they have.

Even though they don’t own a television, cable, cellphones, cars or any other expensive materialistic thing, they are grateful for what they have. Why is it that we are always complaining when we can’t get the latest and greatest? Are we ungrateful? I think we are spoiled. Growing up and getting everything you want is definitely not in your best interest. It may seem great, but when you actually have to work for yourself you aren’t grateful for what you have and always want something better. “Be grateful for what you have and don’t waste your money, think about the millions of beggars out there that don’t have anything.”

4. Beggars don’t give up.

It doesn’t matter how many times you tell them you don’t have money to give them or that you don’t want to buy a certain thing, they just carry on asking. Perhaps this is their Million Dollar marketing strategy, because it usually ends in me giving them money just to get them out of my face. If you are every struggling with a certain project don’t give up. Keep going at it, try to think differently and try new things. You will finish on top.

5. They do what it takes.

If it means sitting in the middle of the road with a board hanging around neck in the freezing cold to make enough money to buy food for their family tonight, they will do it. They do what ever it takes to get hold of money to survive. That is why they usually risk their lives to steal from people to get hold of cash. I am not saying freelancers should steal from people, I’m saying you should do whatever it takes to get to the top, but in a honest fashion of course.

6. Be Satisfied with Yourself.

I say this in a professional manner. Be satisfied with your work, don’t neglect your talent. Work hard and combine the above tips to become a great and happy freelancer. Beggars don’t complain about how they look or what they do. They just do it. Be satisfied with who you are. It’s always best coming across to someone with self confidence.

Jacques is an Entrepreneur and Founder of the An1ken Group. He recently launched a daily vlog on Youtube — JacquesvhTV. He started Creativeoverflow in 2009 as a hub for creatives. Connect with him: Jacquesvh.com - @Jacquesvh - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest

  1. Reply Richie March 15, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    This is quite a eye opener. I think the message goes just beyond than only to freelancers. Thanks for reminding me about this.
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  2. Reply Franco March 15, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Hi Jacques, nice article, very interesting approach and good things for us to think about.
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  3. Reply Cat March 15, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    This has to be one of the stupidest articles I have ever read! What’s next ‘6 tips beggar can learn from freelancers?’. What a lazy, ridiculous comparison to draw.

  4. Reply Rockstar Sid March 15, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Have to say, creative overflowed in this post. Very very well written and we, indeed get to learn a lot from such people.. well, for me, every human I meet and talk with, is an provoking experience :)

    Beggar or the Richer.. humans in themselves are valuable creatures that amuses me each and everyday!
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  5. Reply sriganesh March 15, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    hey buddy ! you have written this most very creative and they way you described here wont forget for months :P – apart from freelancing you mentioned how we should live in normal life :D
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  6. Reply Vikas Ghodke March 15, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    Very well written article Jacques, one of the coolest article i read this month. Yeah we should learn something from beggers, not just beggers but there are lots of things to learn from as Rockstar Sid said Humans in themselves are valuable creatures that amuses us each and everyday.
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  7. Reply Benjamin Rama March 15, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Good article simple and yet important ideas – thanks Jac
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  8. Reply Tomas March 15, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Inspiring and useful tips, I hope these will help me to be more satisfied about myself, thank you.

  9. Reply Dicky March 16, 2010 at 2:07 AM

    I like the 3rd point. We should satisfied with what we have. But i am not that kind of person. I always want a newer cellphone, larger TV, faster PC and etc. I think i should change. :P

  10. Reply Jenniffer Iwata March 16, 2010 at 7:14 AM

    je trouve cet article tres interresant. je reviendrai suremenent sur ce site. bon courage

  11. Reply Vitaly March 16, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    I appreciate your fantasy too much, I enjoyed all the pictures, I love opinions that doubt the common perception of live and work, thanks, Jacques!

  12. Reply Sophia March 16, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    This is ridiculous and insulting. Just awful

  13. Reply Ben March 16, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Great article! Don’t listen to what people say, I completely agree with you. We should all be open minded and learn from people not only from our community, but everywhere around.
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  14. Reply Andrew March 17, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    The main takeaway I have is the same one I’ve always had- “No matter how bad it gets, there’s always people worse off than you, so maybe it’s not that bad after all.”

    Your article feels like a stretch (great use of photos though), and most of your tips require a significant amount of explanation for how they’re relevant to designers.

    For example, your last point is that beggars “just do it.” While I respect your ideas about the pride and attitude of the poverty-stricken, the big difference is that designers work for a living; beggars work for their lives.

  15. Reply Graha Blog Desain March 19, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    I must saying this is awesome article dude. Beggar teach us a lot of thing un-directly through our experience. Maybe they were a great marketer lol :-D

  16. Reply Ted Rex March 19, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Great post! You handled an assignment that I think most (including myself, I’m sad to say…) would have dealt with in a slightly condescending way. Your theme of “appreciate all that you have” is such a great one for ANYBODY.

    I made this one of the three featured links on my Design Thought for the Day blog:

    All the best, Ted

  17. Reply Hobert Rawdon March 20, 2010 at 2:19 AM

    Many people like to know when they comment that someone is listening. The way to let them know that there is someone behind the computer screen who cares what they say is to respond when they say something.

  18. Reply Nikunj March 22, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    I should say you have great creativity when writing article & getting inspiration from
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  19. Reply Erwin March 23, 2010 at 7:06 AM

    Definitely retweeting this. Thanks for the article. :D

  20. Reply Ryan Cowles April 11, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    Haha, nice article! I especially agree with the part about people being spoiled. I think we all are, and we lose sight of what really matters.
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  22. Reply Karl@maternity photographer san antonio August 17, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Definitely an eye opener. Things that everybody and not only freelancers must always remember. Even if we have the money to spend, we should think about this.

  23. Reply Lari@portrait photographers richmond September 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    The best tips for us freelancers. Nice post mate!.

  24. Reply Lari September 15, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    The best tips for us freelancers. Nice post mate

  25. Reply Craig October 19, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    Great article, very interesting approach good to look at everything from a different perspective, and some really good points to think about.

  26. Reply Brett Widmann November 6, 2010 at 2:01 AM

    I like how article is displayed and the important information given, but I don’t think I would call them all beggers. Maybe a better term.

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