If you want to have more flexibility in your life, becoming a freelancer may be something that proves beneficial.
Unlike just a decade ago, where it was pretty much a risky business today, with millions of businesses having a presence on the web, freelancers are in high demand.
What Is a Freelancer?
A freelancer is someone who works for themselves. They are self-employed so they don’t have a superior to answer to. As such, they must find jobs on their own.
Starting Out on Your Own
The first 6 months to a year can be the most difficult time for a freelancer. Since you are self-employed, finding work is all up to you. And, while the internet has an abundance of jobs for freelancers, it can be challenging to distinguish between what’s real and what’s a scam. The best approach is to focus on one skill.
Instead of searching for several different types of jobs, select the area of interest and go from there. Companies and businesses are in need of people with excellent writing skills for articles, web pages, blogs, and product descriptions. There are also many different industries that need business transcription services including lawyers, court houses, law enforcement agencies, and pretty much every person in the medical field.
Once you have a year or two under your belt, you can use the contract work you previously did for companies as a sample to acquire more jobs.
Thankfully, there are several cost-effective ways to promote your work. First, if you don’t already have one, start a blog. A blog is something that’s very easy to set up and critical to gaining wealth as you grow your business. When you have your blog up and running, use social media websites to gain brand recognition.
By posting one of your articles on, say, Twitter, people will see it and like it or possibly even retweet it. At the bottom of your article, have a link to your blog. This is a very inexpensive way to draw traffic to your site.
Benefits of Self-Employment
Being self-employed lets you take charge of your life without restrictions.
You no longer have to get up at 5:00 A.M. and sit in traffic or deal with a boss who’s never satisfied. If you have children, there’s no need to ask for a day off to go to the doctor’s office or the need for missing a concert because it happens mid-day during the week.
You also don’t have a salary cap or have to take the long walk to your employer’s office to ask for a well-deserved raise.
Downside to Freelancing
While you do make your own hours, you have to find work on your own. And, unfortunately, you can never rely on steady work coming in. You also tend to work odd hours, due to the nature of the business, where it’s generally feast or famine.
So, when you receive an e-mail about new work available, you race to start working even if it’s after 11:00 at night.
Additionally, there are no benefits. If you go on vacation, you do so without pay, and if you get sick, you pay for it out of pocket.
Setting Up a Functional Office
If you decide to work from home, you will need your own office space, a desk, a computer, a comfortable chair and office supplies.
The place you decide on should also be located somewhere in your home, preferably away from traffic. If you don’t have a spare room, you can occupy a part of the basement, or section or an area in another room.
Becoming a freelancer is more and more common.
With the flexibility it provides and the ability to make more money by promoting yourself on social media, your blog or website, it’s very appealing.
However, this freedom doesn’t come without some risks. Just make sure to weigh the pros and cons beforehand.