How to Become a Freelancer and Be Good At It

how to become a freelancer

More than 30% of the Us workforce is made up of freelancers. Those freelancers contribute $1.4 trillion to the American economy.

As unreal as these numbers sound, they are confirming that freelancing is a great opportunity for anyone who has something to offer online (various skills, talents, and experiences for money).

If you are dreaming about leaving your day job to become your own boss and start your business – the dream is real and many people have done it before you.

In this article, we will share a few good tips on how to become a freelancer and be very good at it.

But first, let’s see what is a freelancer and why would you want to become one.

 

What is a Freelancer?

A freelancer is a person who offers their services online for a fee with no expectation of a single client. It is a form of self-employment and it is quite similar to operating a business.

There are several reasons to consider becoming a freelancer:

  • It is affordable to start offering your services online if you have the skills and experience to do the job
  • You can start today or as soon as you find a client
  • It is a great way to generate extra income and save for a rainy day
  • It allows for greater independence
  • It is flexible (you can work part-time or full-time)

These are the good things that come with being a freelancer. There can be a few downsides, for example.

  • Work and income can be irregular
  • It can take time to find clients
  • Managing multiple projects requires excellent organization
  • Pay for freelancers beginners is pretty low

 

What Do You Need to Become a Freelancer

To become a freelancer online, you need to have skills you can offer to clients for money. Most people start from their employment experience, offering online services using their knowledge and background they have.

There are a few other things to consider:

  • A business plan: While you may not be building an official business, contact your county or city to see whether you need a business license to offer freelance services. You will still need a business plan that outlines what types of service you will offer, the audience you will cater to, and marketing strategies.
  • A website: You need a website where you can share all about you and your services, including a portfolio of your projects and testimonials.
  • A LinkedIn profile: All social media platforms can be a great resource to find clients. LinkedIn is an online resume platform where professionals and businesses connect. It is a great resource for finding jobs.
  • A business card
  • A business phone on which clients can reach you
  • A menu of services with freelance rates included

How to Find Freelance Jobs

Here is how to find the best jobs for your experience, skills, and needs and officially become a digital freelancer.

 

Networking

There are many ways to find new clients and freelance work, but networking has proven to be one of the most effective.

At least 60% of all clients and jobs are found through networking. For this job search method, freelance gigs are well-suited because employers are willing to give you a chance if you are recommended by someone they trust.

If you socialize with former or present colleagues in your niche that means you are networking. Your goal is to keep your ears and eyes open for new business opportunities.

 

Social Media

Social media is a freelancer’s best friend. Your social network can be your personal website, electronic business card, free advertising, all combined together. You can leverage your social media presence by announcing that you are looking for work. You can also post a notice on your profile that you are accepting freelance clients.

 

Job Websites

When you think of job websites, you think about full-time work. In fact, most job search websites allow you to search for freelance gigs by filter, keyword or category.

There are plenty of websites that cater to people looking for new clients and freelance work. It is worth it to research the ones in your industry and see it the membership comes with access to career advice, specialized job offers, education, etc.

Start with Google to find businesses in your area and don’t hesitate to ask your colleagues and friends for their recommendations.

 

Prepare Before You Look for Freelance Jobs

If you want to become a freelancer on Fiverr, Upwork or any other website on top of your full-time job you will need to take care that your gig doesn’t interfere with your other source of income. This requires a bit of advance planning.

You need to make sure your employer doesn’t have a strict policy against trade secrets, moonlighting or scheduling issues.

It is best to start small and see how it goes. Don’t commit to 10 hours of extra work when you know you can’t do it all. Take on a few hours or one project for one client just to get an idea of how you will handle the extra workload before you commit yourself to freelance.

 

How to Find Money for Your Freelance Career

Managing your finances right is the key to running a successful business and freelancing is not an exception.

Being your own boss and making your dreams come true is your number your priority. Here is where to look for the money you need and start with your freelance career.

  • Make more money: Try to look for a part-time job. By picking up a few gigs here and there, you can decide whether freelancing is the right lifestyle for you.
  • Cut expenses: budgeting is not the first idea on people’s mind, however, if you want to save money, the first thing to do is figure out where your money is going and make the cuts.
  • Severance: If you are considering freelance, severance can be a great way to finance your carer. Make sure to read the severance policy so you will know how much money you can expect to get.

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