Firstly, Who 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.
How to become a Freelancer?
Becoming a freelancer is an agile and economical 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 are the requirements for becoming a freelancer?
There might be several reasons you want to freelance:
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.
What are the downsides of freelancing?
No profession is as easy as a cake-walk, they can also have their negative side as well:
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.
Lastly, What is the kind of work freelancers get?
Nearly any kind of service provided to another business can be offered on a freelance basis.
- Some common freelance jobs include:
- Freelance Writing
- Freelance Web Designer
- Freelance Virtual Assistant or Virtual Professional
- Freelance Bookkeeper
- Social Media Manager
What Do You Need to Get Started as a Freelancer?
To freelance, you need to have a skill you can offer to potential clients.
Most people draw on their employment experience offering services using 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, you 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.