Becoming a freelancer is a fast and affordable way to start earning an income from home. Especially if you freelance a skill you already have, you can get started offering your services today.
What Is a Freelancer?
A freelancer is someone who offers their services for a fee and usually with no expectation of a permanent single client, although the working relationship can be ongoing. It's a form of self-employment, similar to operating a home business versus telecommuting. With that said, a freelancer can work as a contractor, as opposed to a home business.
Why Would You Want to Freelance?
There are several reasons to start freelancing:
- Done on the side around your job, it’s a way to generate extra income to pay off debt or save for a rainy day.
- It’s affordable to start if you already have the skills and equipment to do the job.
- You can start quickly. As soon as you find a client, you can start getting paid to freelance.
- It allows for greater independence over a job.
- It’s often flexible, allowing you to work part-time or during off-business hours.
There can be a few downsides, including:
- It can take time to build a full-time income.
- Work, and therefore, income, can be irregular.
- Managing multiple clients and projects requires excellent organization.
- Pay for new freelancers is often low.
What Kind of Work Does a Freelancer Offer?
Nearly any kind of service provided to another business can be offered on a freelance basis. Some common freelance jobs include:
- Freelance writer
- A freelance virtual assistant or virtual professional
- Freelance bookkeeper
- Marketing/PR services or social media manager
What Do You Need to Get Started?
To freelance, you need to have a skill you can offer to potential clients. Most people draw on their employment experience, offering services using the talents they already have. Along with a service, some things to consider putting together include:
- A business plan. While you may not be setting up an official home business, contact your city or county to determine if you need a business license to freelance. You will still need a plan that outlines what service you’ll provide, the market you’ll cater too, and marketing strategies.
- A website that tells about you and your services, and includes a portfolio of your work, and testimonials.
- A LinkedIn profile. While all social media can be a great resource to network for freelance work, LinkedIn is an online resume located in a place where professionals connect. It’s also a great resource for finding freelance jobs.
- A dedicated business phone or cell phone number on which prospects can reach you
- A business card.
- A menu of services and your freelance rates.
How Do You Find Work?
Freelance work can be found just about everywhere. Places to consider include those within your social network, online and off.
Go to where your target market hangs out and look and ask around there. The best place to find clients is where clients look for help. Learn about your market, what it reads, and where it goes to get support and be available to provide help, ideas, and resources.
There are many great freelance sites to find work, including Upwork (formerly Elance and oDesk), Guru, and Freelancer. You can also look for freelance work on sites targeting your skill—for example, Toptal for programmers or BloggingPro for freelance writing jobs. Some job sites focus on U.S. workers and others will focus on international workers.
Joining an association within your industry provides you with some clout. It also offers many networking opportunities, job listings, or a newsletter you can advertise or write to show off your expertise.
How to Handle Taxes?
Like any job or business, freelancers need to meet their federal, state, and local tax obligations. It means filing any estimated tax returns, just as you would if you started your own business, except that your taxes are filed under your name and social security number instead of your business name and tax ID number. Any clients who pay you more than $600 in a calendar year are required to provide you with IRS form 1099 reporting your earnings.
Estimated taxes are filed with the IRS (and in most states) on a quarterly basis. The IRS provides forms to help you estimate your taxes, so you send in the right amount. Not paying your estimated quarterly taxes can result in interest and penalties from both the IRS and your state.
More than half of all artists have at least a bachelor’s degree, according to the National Endowment for the Arts, but the median income for artists is lower than that of workers in other fields with comparable education. One reason is that artists are less likely to enjoy full-time, year-round employment in their field. The majority of artists are freelancers.
Although it helps to have some formal arts education to develop your skills, college is only one path. You can also learn by apprenticing yourself to an experienced artist, taking workshops or attending non-credit classes. Artist Holli Conger has a BA in graphic design, but she says online that what helped her most when she decided to turn freelance were such things as a good critique group, studying other artists’ work and daily sketching practice.
Your artistic talent and skill matter more than your formal credentials, advises the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. A portfolio displaying your best work will impress clients more than a degree. After you’ve been working awhile, articles about your work and past commissions will also add to your marketability.
The Council of Arts Accrediting Associations offers an online description of basic artistic competency you can use to assess your professional potential. Skilled artists have a personal vision and the skill to capture it in their work. They understand the connection between the idea and the way to express it. They define and analyze problems they encounter in their works; make effective choices; evaluate their own work accurately; and take criticism from others. If you meet the council’s standards, you may be ready without further education.
According to the NEA’s 2011 report, 27 percent of fine artists, art directors and animators — the report groups them together — with college degrees took their degree in fine arts. Some artistic specialties are more likely associated with degrees than others. Most medical illustrators have a master’s degree in medical illustration, for instance. As you face all the standard challenges of a self-employed professional — tracking income and expenses, paying taxes, marketing yourself — studying basic business skills may be a career asset.
A freelancer, also known as a freelance worker, is someone who is self-employed and is not in a long-term contractual commitment to any one employer. The most common freelance jobs include writing, editing, photography, web design, graphic arts or computer programming. Freelancers make their money selling their work to a clients rather then being employed by a business.
There are no requirements for being a freelancer. Some people do have some formal educational background such as in writing, journalism or programming. They may also have have degrees such as a master’s degree in journalism or in computer programming. Although these achievements do help in terms have having the experience before working as a freelancer, it’s not required. Once you start freelancing, the experience that you gain from it can be used to get higher paying projects in the future.
When companies or business are looking for a freelancer, they usually look at the experience that a freelancer has from her portfolio of work. It can be hard for people who are just starting out as freelancers because they have no experience and people who are hiring will usually select freelancers who have proof that they are good at what they do. Learning how to market and sell yourself to clients will give you a distinct advantage compared to other freelancers who wait for clients to come to them.
One of the advantages of being a freelancer is being able to work anywhere. Freelancers do not have to work inside a company or an office, so they can conveniently work at home. They also are not constricted by a time schedule and have the freedom to make their own schedule. The flexibility makes freelancing an attractive choice for people who don’t like to rigid rules and schedules that one might find when working for an employer.
People can usually find and hire freelancers online. For example, if they type in freelancers in a search engines, many results of freelance sites will show up that have many different types of freelancers posted. Some of the most famous freelance sites are GetaFreelancer.com, ScriptLance, eLance, Guru.com and Rent-a-Coder. Getting hired is a competitive process of trying to get the best paying projects from clients. When people look for freelancers, they are looking for people with good portfolios and positive feedback from other clients.
A downside to freelancing is that money is inconsistent. It really depends on how much effort and projects the freelancer is willing to do since the freelancer usually gets paid by the project. A project may take a week, or it may take many months to finish. But an advantage of being a freelancer is that it teaches you about personal finance. Without a steady paycheck, you have to be responsible for saving and spending your money.
Becoming a freelancer and working from home has many benefits, not least, the fact that you are your own boss. Setting your own working hours, your own rate of pay, and when you take your coffee breaks might sound easy, but in fact setting the basics in stone before you have actually begun working from home is the most important thing you can do from the beginning.
1. Organize Your Own Dedicated Work Space.
Your kitchen table is not a good place to work on a daily basis. Find somewhere quiet, free from distractions, where you can work in peace and quiet. This is one of the most important aspects of working from home — even though you aren’t leaving your home to start the daily commute, you still “go to work.” A simple desk set up in the corner of a room, with all the tools you need, will suffice. It is your place of work and where you will start your amazing journey.
2. Get Your Finances in Order.
Once you secure that first all important client, you want to be prepared for when you invoice them. Setting up your business bank account or PayPal account (other online payment merchants are of course available), means that at the end of the billing month you are ready to submit your invoice with your payment details. Have a draft invoice prepared with your business name on it, so that you don’t waste valuable time later setting this up. You can even create an invoice using PayPal.
Have in mind what you want to set as your hourly rate together with any additional charges that may be required. You want to sound professional and come across as confident when you get your first client.
3. Tools of the Trade.
What equipment do you need to run your freelance business? Will a smartphone be enough to enable you to carry out your work, or should you invest in a PC or laptop? Will you need a printer to print off invoices or letters? Do some research to see what you may or may not need.
When it comes to software, most of the standards have free alternatives available. If you don’t already have Word or Excel, you can use Google Drive. The good news about freelancing is many people are able to start with what they have and upgrade as the profits come in.
4. Set Work Hours.
Okay, so working from home has great benefits. You can make a cup of coffee when you like, go for a walk, do the ironing … This is exactly what you should not be doing! Set yourself a daily working plan. Set your start time, your coffee break time, your lunch time, and your quitting time and stick to it. Getting into the mindset of being at work and not at home is crucial and the key to your own success.
5. Find Your Niche.
Have you any expertise in a particular area? Carry out some research and find out who your target market is and concentrate your efforts on them. Don’t cast your net too wide in an effort to find work, as casting too wide may mean missing out on that one person who could become your first client. Find forums and websites dedicated to your niche and perhaps start commenting there and becoming part of the community. Send out email pitches to those within your area of expertise offering your services.
6. Learn to Say No!
Don’t overstretch what you are capable of doing and fall into the trap of saying yes to every new prospective client. If what they are asking you to do falls outside your particular area of expertise or interest, politely decline.
7. Turn Off Your Phone and Lock the Door.
It is very easy for others to assume that because you are a freelancer and work from home that you are available for a chat or a cup of coffee, or to run errands. Make it clear to family and friends that you are working and work means work! If that means turning off your phone and locking your door, then do it. It may take a while, but they will soon get the message.
8. Get Dressed.
Okay, I’ll hold my hands up to this one – on occasion I’ve gone to work in my pajamas. However, if you get dressed in the morning, you will feel much more productive and ready for the day ahead. I always feel more professional and ready for action when I am suited and booted.
9. Schedule in Some “Me” Time.
Starting up your own business as a freelancer can be daunting, and all too often you may be tempted to check your emails when you have finished work for the day, or even when you are away for the weekend. While it is important to keep in touch with clients, it is also vital that you have some time for yourself to unwind and relax. Giving yourself some well deserved down time will leave you feeling relaxed and ready for Monday morning all over again.
10. And Finally, Enjoy!
Remember, becoming a freelancer and working from home can be so rewarding. You somehow work harder for any money you will earn, and you will take more enjoyment and pleasure working for yourself. Enjoy it, for this, is the start of something big.
Do you have tips for becoming a successful freelancer? Drop us a note below, we’d love to hear from you!
With a decade of experience on freelancer.com, the best decision I made was joining the Preferred Freelancer Program. At least 90% of my work comes through the program which means I make 40% more money than before.
For many years I dreamed of escaping the daily grind of corporate life. The traffic. Locked in an office for 8 hours a day. Also, I wanted to spend my days with my incredible dogs. I show, train and compete in dog sport.
One day I made the break when I had some money behind me and had built up a reputation on the site. I joined the Preferred Freelancer Program and built great relationships with recruiters and employers. After joining the program, I became more visible. I now tend to win 30% to 40% of the jobs I bid on.
Being a preferred freelancer shows you are an expert. It endorses your integrity. It helps potential employers identify experienced freelancers. However, you are still only as good as the past projects you’ve completed. You need to stick to your word – complete projects on time and on budget.
Here are a few things to help you build a successful client base and excel as a Preferred Freelancer:
Bid on projects that match your skills
Only bid on projects that match your skills. There is no point setting yourself up to fail. Often, however, project briefs list skills that may be outside your skillset. Yours may only match a few of their requirements. Do not let that stop you from bidding.
Recently I bid on a project that wanted a content writer and web designer all rolled into one. This is doable for a company. But, I am a sole operator and I really wanted the job. In my submission I let the employer know how I could help them. I suggested they break the project into two separate projects, and invited the employer to open a conversation to discuss their requirements. On this occasion it worked better for the client to work with individual specialists. It can be worth taking the chance.
Being a preferred freelancer is not a licence to charge over-the-top prices. When you do, you are unlikely to hear from the employer. This risks them hiding your bid which means losing points from your bid quality score.
There is also no point putting in low bids. Employers are looking for top quality work at a fair price. Bidding ridiculously low prices comes across as desperation. And, low prices often tell employers you are not a professional.
Bidding on one liners
There are many one-line briefs. Yes, it is frustrating. Let the potential employer know you need more information to give an accurate price. Ask questions. Engage. I do this as part of my original submission. When I do not get a response, I move on.
How you bid is vital. There is only one chance to make a first impression. When I do get a response, I treat them with respect. Answer and ask relevant questions.
As a preferred freelancer, I rarely bid on one-line briefs anymore. I scroll on by. There are plenty more jobs on the site.
ALWAYS use milestones
I have never worked on a Freelancer project without Milestones. They give me a sense of protection. It also tells me the employer is genuine. I know the money is in escrow for release on completion of each Milestone. Only once have I ever lost money. I cannot stress this enough – Milestones are the best thing since sliced bread!
Break projects down into manageable chunks which helps get the work done on time and on budget. Depending on the type of job, an example of this could be a milestone for a draft and one for the final copy.
Milestones shows employers you are professional. It gives them confidence you can do the job. Make sure the Milestones work well for the employer.
Communication, Communication, Communication!
Communication is key. I cannot stress this enough. You are working with people from across the world. Sometimes there are language barriers, so communication is crucial- ask questions.
When an employer contacts me I thank them. This opens the conversation for them to ask questions. I ask for links or examples of things to give me insight. I try to get inside their head to see things from their point of view. Never, ever, ever spam an employer. If they do not answer, move on.
Be quick to answer employer questions. Do not leave them waiting. The work you do for anyone on Freelancer is super important to each employer. And, it should be to you too. Never turn it into a battleground if you get negative feedback. Work hard to make it right. We all get it wrong sometimes.
When you think an employer is being unfair, go back over the brief and conversations. Make a fair assessment. Do not ask for more money unless you are sure the employer has changed the project scope. It could be you have made a mistake or misinterpreted the employer’s requirements. When you have resolvable problems, ask your recruiter for advice or follow the Freelancer system for disputes.
Then there are the unresponsive employers. This is frustrating. I give them 7 days then ask for payment if they do not have any changes. After a couple of days, with no response, I again ask for release of the milestone or for feedback. Be polite. You do not know what is going on in their lives. Give them a couple of days to respond. If this is unsuccessful, I dispute the milestone and follow the Freelancer.com system.
Now you see why it is vital to only work with milestones.
Engage with your recruiters
Recruiters are invaluable. Sure, there are many projects you may not bid on. But, when interested, engage with recruiters. They are there to help. Their purpose is to match the right people to employers. They cannot do that if you do not engage with them.
Reputation is everything. Work hard. Do your best to earn top notch reviews. But, most of all, act with integrity, honesty and be positive. The rest will follow.
Good luck with your journey as a preferred freelancer. We are changing the way of working across the world!
Freelancing is becoming an increasingly popular way to work from anywhere and be your own boss. This career path requires diligence, productivity, and self-discipline. The best thing about freelancing is that you have the freedom to set your own schedule. However, freelancing is a challenging career and it can be feast-or-famine. Your ability to produce more work in a short period of time is vital in your path to success.
If you want to succeed in your freelance career, you have to make some rules which help you to become more productive, make more money, and stay focused. Also, you need to stay productive each and every day — the days off come long after you’ve put the hard work in! Because you can easily lose focus while working from home, being productive means doing a lot of work in the most efficient way possible. It can also be defined as doing your best to complete the task before the given deadline. Therefore, a productive freelancer has more freedom, money, and time to complete other projects. In this blog, you will get to know the five simple ways to become more productive and enable you to make the most of your freelance work.
Manage Your Time
Time management is the first step to being a productive freelancer. To get a better handle on time, you must know how much time you are giving to each task. Managing your time properly is the essential element in your success. You definitely know the saying that ‘Time is money.’ Many good time tracking applications will help you in time management and estimating how long each project should take. We might be a tad biased, but Operance offers a great time tracking tool for each project freelancers are currently working on.
Also, try to automate as much as possible. The back office tasks like invoicing, proposals, and financial data that don’t help drive immediate revenue for your business should be outsourced. Be honest with yourself and plan out your workday in the advance to keep your head in the game. Also, set a fixed schedule for every area of your freelance business and other tasks and stick to it. Furthermore, do the complex and hardest tasks in the first hours of your work schedule. It will help you to stay organized and motivated.
Without goals, it is impossible to recognize the aim of your life. Goals keep us on track with a sharp vision. Set the work goals weekly, monthly, and even yearly. They must include the projects that you’ll accomplish in the coming period. Set short-term and long-term goals for yourself. Then, create your daily to-do list by following these goals and commit to them. This step will be helpful to create motivation behind your work and set actionable and obtainable milestones for you to aim for. Not to mention the feeling of hitting your goals and taking a moment to celebrate every win — no matter how small!
Cut Out Distractions
It is probably the hardest step to put into action but it is mandatory to maximize your productivity as a freelancer. Distractions are everywhere. We’ve discussed distractions with many successful freelancers and a majority use the 90/20 rule. Spend 90 minutes locked in on a single task and then 20 minutes on a ‘mental break’. And then repeat. This method drives focus and helps you from hitting burnout!
In some cases, distractions are not just mobile phones rather then things or people around you. Try your best to setup a dedicated work space in your home or office that limits outside distractions.
Invest in the Right Tools
Using the right tools for your freelance business is necessary to get the work done faster and get better results. Invest in the right software that will maximize your productivity and help you focus on things that actually matter to your freelance business. Be mindful of the quality of products and tools that you use. Because you need them to fulfill your responsibilities and to do the projects flawlessly.
This was our driving motivation for launching Operance, to help freelancers become more productive in their work. Our feature rich platform has everything a freelancer needs to automate the boring tasks of their business and drive more sales. Operance helps with invoice automation, proposal building, CRM, task tracking, budgeting, financial data, and goal setting. One platform that’s reliable and free to use!
Create a Functional Workplace
Last but not least, create a comfortable and peaceful workplace to remain productive and prevent distractions. Keep your workspace clean and organized. You can set up your work desk anywhere in the house; but, it must be free from background noise and interruptions. At the end of the work day, however, be sure to separate your work from everyday life. Clear out the work from your life spaces so you can fully unwind from the work and be mentally prepared for the next day.
In a Nutshell Being a freelancer has a lot of rewards. But, it needs effort and focus. If you become productive and set clear goals in your career, your life as a freelancer will become easier and more successful. The more productive you become, the more likely you are to get bigger and better projects that lead to more profitability. These five strategies will make you an efficient freelancer. Be productive and don’t lose your time. It will pay off in the long run.
If you’re a freelancer looking to eliminate the boring business tasks and increase your productivity 10x, then you must try Operance. If you want more insights on how to grow your freelance business check out our blog by clicking here.
In this article you can read how to become a successful freelancer in 2021. Freelance is not easy and also not much hard to get involved as you think. In this guide I have described how you can get success in freelance. Hope this guide help you to improve your freelance skill.
One of the greatest advantages of freelance work is being able to choose the type of work you do and the clients you work with. Being able to work from home on your own schedule is the main reason why people choose to become freelancers. One of the hardest things you have to do when you start as a freelancer is to decide what to charge or charge the customer.
Starting a business and becoming a successful freelancer requires a lot of hard work and strong skills and willingness to learn from others. Setting up a business as a freelancer is inherently easy, but ensuring that it is and is a successful business requires time, commitment and precise thinking.
There are certain things you need to do to prepare for the leap into self-employment. You must focus on the activities that accompany you the most efficient when you are self-employed, regardless whether you start an independent business or keep your day job.
If you want to be a successful freelancer, make sure you go the extra mile for the customers with whom you work. Build your skills, build a portfolio of quality work, set strategic prices, and win your first handful of paying customers.
Non-writers need strong communication skills as well as good language and tone of voice to give their clients a good impression. Communication means doing everything you can to understand customers” needs, strengthen their loyalty, ask questions about the company as a whole, learn more about your customers role in the company, and suggest new ways to help them reach their goals. Strong communication skills are required to give the customer the right impression that he knows his job.
One of the best things you can do to expand your customer and resource network is to communicate with other freelancers. Communication with customers is the key to success as a freelancer. Communication means reacting in good time, getting in touch with customers, keeping calm and suggesting personal meetings if necessary.
Get start as freelancer
A freelancer network is critical to your ability to meet and contact with customers and other professionals who can help you find new projects. As a freelancer, you establish links with companies and companies that are prominent placeholders in your industry. Create a profile on different free platforms to expand your connections and your name.
This way, companies and professionals know where to find you and you will be surrounded by potential customers. Customers who need a freelancer will know that they can create an account on a web-based platform and find the independent professional they need.
Freelance websites are set up to bring paid projects as many freelancers as possible. They work as a two-sided marketplace that connects rented customers with valuable talents.
Throughout their freelance careers, professionals accept projects from a variety of clients. They build their customer base and start to experience the far-reaching benefits of the freelance lifestyle.
Learn how to increase your productivity while working from home as a freelancer, and your career will benefit. Freelance tips can help you have a more positive experience.
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How to be successful in freelance
To become a successful freelancer, you need to build your reputation so you don’t build a client you can’t work with. In order to succeed as a freelancer it is essential to know its value, as it allows you to demand a better tariff, reject jobs for which you have no interest and produce work of a higher standard – which is beneficial if you are trying to obtain repeat business. If you work as a freelancer, you need to learn to negotiate with your clients.
Horowitz suggests asking freelancers to market their skills and prices. Remember that you are the only decision maker when it comes to pricing your work, so it’s very important you check who is asking for more (see our guide on how much to charge for freelance work).
If you want to be a successful freelancer, you don’t need to do great things or create the next big thing and expect to become a success overnight. If you have a day job, it is not possible to set up a full-service freelance company. And if you can’t find customers, your freelance business will never succeed.
Find freelancers and small businesses that offer similar or complementary services or products to yours. Once you have decided on your freelance business, choose a service that you can offer to your customers so that they can come to you. Create a core offer and package it into a replicable product.
Freelance work not only allows you to work at your own pace, but also exposes you to many businesses and business people and expands your social connections. Most freelancers rely on the Internet and their professional connections to help with their work, but you would be surprised how much the local community can help you.
By connecting with other freelancers, you get a refreshing answer on how to become a freelancer. Read this advice from media professionals who work with freelancers and like to build long-term relationships with good freelancers.
Solo freelancers and owners of new design agencies have their own skills to sell. Freelance work often means having to work with clients who are awful. It can be tempting to take everything a company offers, but in the end you will have a business you can’t deliver.
Want to know how to become a successful freelancer? Well, this is what this post is all about, so keep on reading.
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If you’re ready, then let’s dive right into business tips.
Get a Systematic Way to Attract Customers
Many freelancers fail to have a systematic way of attracting new customers. Things do not work that way; few lucky people get clients through recommendations.
Start searching for patterns or channels to get new clients such as cold calling, creating content, advertisements, attending seminars, and many more.
Please don’t sit there for people to search for you; it doesn’t work that way. Develop some of the best marketing strategies that work for you.
If you’re lucky enough to get recommendations, remember, things won’t be the same; push yourself a little.
Charge Prices That Suit Your Work
If you’re a freelancer, don’t charge too low or too high. You know the kind of work and the amount of time, energy, and resources you’ve invested in that particular task.
So try as much as you can to charge the amount that suits the work you’ve done. If you charge too low, although you may get many clients(not always) but remember you have to pay yourself for that great work done.
Also, it’ll motivate you to work and learn more because you pay yourself fairly. Again, charging too high will send clients away, although some clients do not care about the price if you deliver quality work.
Put your feet into the buyer’s shoe.
I know you’ll be in a situation where some clients never get satisfied with a job, late-night calls, and others.
But always remember, after all, they are the ones that are going to pay you. They know you can do their work (Not only you, though; remember that).
Treat your clients very well, love to serve them, and don’t intentionally offer them crappy services.
Treat your clients well, and they will love to work with you, and most importantly, they may also recommend your service to others.
Learn New Skills and Technology
Remember, things keep changing, even though we have archaic words in our languages. Strategies that have worked in the past 20 years may not work today.
More and more freelancers are deciding to get involved in freelancing today. As freelancing is otherwise called, self-employment is a new work-from-home model that offers freedom of choice and flexibility. Freelancers offer their knowledge and experience to a multitude of companies without having a dependent employment relationship with an employer.
So, as a freelancer in any country, you can work in many fields. Indicatively, you can deal with Digital Marketing or blogging. If you are a painter or jewellery maker, you can promote your work through social media or create an e-shop and engage in e-commerce. If you are a language teacher, you can take private lessons via Skype or translate texts. You could also use YouTube to become a YouTuber professional by creating content that users can interact with.
Why become a freelancer?
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The benefits of freelancing are many. First, you are your own boss. According to research, the most stressful job for an employee is when the employer is constantly by his side and supervises him. In freelancing, however, you work for yourself without the presence of a boss. You know what you want to do and what you do not. You have complete freedom and complete control over the work you undertake and deliver.
The workplace always plays a vital role in employee efficiency. As a freelancer, you can work in your own space and configure it as you wish. Your productivity will increase in a comfortable environment, and you will probably be driven to a higher income.
In addition, working as a freelancer, you have your own flexible schedule. You can work any day and time you want. This way, you can perform the hours you are most productive. For example, you could work early in the morning or late at night. You could also forget about waking up in the morning or working out on weekdays and working only on weekends.
Another advantage of freelancing is the reduced daily expenses. Employees, every day, waste a lot of money on transportation tickets or gasoline to get to work. With homework, you do not have to worry about these costs. In addition, if you deal with freelancing, you choose the customers you want. The more you try to find customers, the more income you will have. So, you pay for your work yourself, and you receive all the profit in the end.
What difficulties will I face as a freelancer?
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Do you think that everything is dreamy in freelancing? Are you preparing to leave your job to work as a freelancer? Do not do this before continuing to read this text. Because freelancing, in addition to advantages, also has disadvantages. Not having a boss is not so positive in the end. Because, without a boss, you are in charge of everything. As a freelancer, you have to spend a lot of time on business activities that you would not do as an employee. You will not be solely responsible for the job that your client has hired. You will, for example, have to deal with accounting, customer acquisition, advertising, and dealing with difficult situations.
Another disadvantage, especially in your first steps as a freelancer, is that you will not have a stable income. Employees rely on a steady monthly income. For a more stable income, you need to have a regular job with some clients. In addition, a freelancer does not have the same benefits as an employee. Instead, freelancers live permanently in the uncertainty of whether they will have money at the end of the month. That way, you will not have health insurance, maternity or paternity leave, or sick leave. The increased taxes you have to pay are another “thorn” in freelancing.
How do I become a successful freelancer?
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The most important thing in this profession is the proper management of delivery deadlines. By delivering your work on time, you gain the trust of the customers to ensure that they will return to your services. So, you should always be consistent in the deadline you give to the customer. If you want to get involved with freelancing, then the following tips will help you succeed in this demanding endeavour.
If you have several customers and different deadlines, then create a list. In it, write in detail what you need to deliver and when in order to completely control the deadlines. Contact the customer and make sure you understand exactly what he wants and when he wants it. If the customer does not give a deadline, ask him.
Define your own workplace and a schedule that you will follow daily. Make an action plan for each project you have to do. For example, you can work as a freelance voice actor and record all your tasks from home. This does not mean that you should not have a specific work schedule. In fact, the opposite. It would help if you organized your creative projects in such a way that you have the flexibility and freedom to do other things in your day.
Specifically, this profession is ideal because it allows you to practice your creativity and do a fascinating job. If all this sounds interesting to you, then visit the voquent.com website to join the company’s huge team of voice actors, with quite competitive salaries and career opportunities.
Wake up to a scheduled time and set a schedule for the hours you will be working. It would be best if you did not miss the program as it is easy for young freelancers to lose track of time while working. Remember that there is life outside of work. When you are done with your work, do a hobby that you enjoy or go out with your friends or family.
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Just because you work from home does not mean that you can work in overalls or pajamas. Work as you would if you were in a company office. In other words, wear clothes that will remind you that you are at work. Of course, the clothes you choose can be much more comfortable than a suit, but maintain the right environment and “mood” of productive work. Short breaks are also necessary. Avoid answering phone calls or fooling around on your cell phone while you work.
Still, you have to learn to charge your work properly. Charging less is not always good. A customer may believe that your low price equals poor product quality and may not prefer you.
The profession of a freelancer is magical because it allows you to make your hobby a profession. But it is also very difficult and demanding. If you manage to overcome any unscathed difficulties, you will have a successful career precisely as you have dreamed. Remember, the ideal profession is one that you continue to practice with the same unparalleled enthusiasm despite the difficulties.
Freelancing is all about being free to do whatever you want, right? Well… sort of. Here’s how to become a successful freelancer.
As freelancers, we need to be the ones to tell ourselves what to do. Without a plan and structure—without an effective system—there’s no way to have sustained success in your freelance career.
If you’re like a lot of freelancers, there’s a fair amount of wishing and hoping involved in your search for clients. Many people employ trial and error to experiment with “marketing tactics,” and experience various levels of progress.
This is an ineffective way to run your business, and it won’t lead to success.
You only have a business when you have a system for running it.
That’s why we teach the most effective “secret” to sustained, predictable success:
- Creating a system.
- Implementing it.
- Running it continually.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not talking about a highly advanced plan using complicated technology.
Instead, we have found that success happens when you take a series of steps on a regular basis.
You might have a system for networking, where you spend an hour every Thursday morning sending out a useful article to five prospects.
Perhaps every Tuesday, you commit to sending five new pitch emails to potential clients, and follow up on the five you sent last week.
You need a system for bookkeeping, too. Maybe that means you’ll look at your Excel doc for 15 minutes each morning, making sure you’ve sent all your invoices, sent receipts for payments, and set aside an appropriate amount for taxes.
None of these things will blow your mind. But what does blow my mind, is how few freelancers commit to following through with these systems regularly.
Without intentionally implementing systems for your business, you can’t expect success.
This goes for each part of your business. If you don’t have a system for finding clients, you won’t find clients. (They don’t just fall from the sky!)
Here are the essential parts of your business you need systems for:
: When and how will you reach out to, and follow up with, potential clients?
- Networking: How will you grow your professional circle (in-person or virtually)?
- Working: What is your system for completing projects for your clients?
- Billing: How will you send invoices and track payments?
- Income: How will you manage your earnings and plan for tax time?
- Re-pitching: In what ways will you reach out to previous clients to work with them again?
Does the idea of systems feel “too constraining” to you?
I hope not, because being disciplined with systems is ultimately what leads to your freedom and success.
For example, when you have a system in place for following up with prior clients, you only need about an hour a week to do that. Then you’re done! The alternative is highly inefficient: running around trying to unearth old contact info on those occasions it occurs to you to reach back out.
Having a system means you can get those big, important things done much faster. It means giving yourself the freedom to grow your business and find success.
Your talent and skill can get your business started. But your systems are going to keep you moving forward.
Your turn! What systems do you have in place for your business? Or what systems are you now going to implement? Let us know in the comments below!
About Nicki Krawczyk
Nicki is a copywriter, freelancing coach, and the founder of Fired Up Freelance and Filthy Rich Writer. She has more than 15 years of freelancing experience.