We’ve written this post, so we can make sure that we can guide you, so you can get the best freelancing career start.
So, you’ve decided you’re sick of your boss and think you could do a better job by yourself. Great! But before you take the leap and hand in your resignation, here are a couple of things to keep in mind that will allow you to have an easier time kicking things off in your new career.
Get organized in order to get the best from your freelancing career
Freelancing can be a very rewarding career choice, but even though you get to be your own boss, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to put in the effort.
Before you quit your normal job, make sure to set yourself up for success. One of the ways to do this is to ensure you’re properly organized.
What this entails exactly varies from case to case, but in general it means that you’ll want to make sure you have a solid portfolio to show your potential clients, first of all.
Then, you’ll want to invest in any tools you’d need for your freelancing and set up a proper working space, even if this means just picking your favourite coffee shop to work in.
Don’t forget to set up a website and/or blog to advertise your work, as well as a LinkedIn account.
Be aware of your own worth as a freelancer
Don’t undersell yourself!
Yes, being humble is a good thing, but slightly less so when you’re freelancing. You have to convince clients to hire you, after all.
Of course, the reverse of the coin is also true, so don’t make the mistake of promising your clients things that you can’t deliver on.
When considering your freelancing rate, also keep in mind that you have to actually account for health insurance, benefits, marketing, all those pesky little things that your boss had to worry about before you decided to be a freelancer.
Set yourself attainable goals. And dream about them
This ties in with what we’ve mentioned previously.
If you’re considering freelancing, your goal is probably to make enough money to cover your expenses and living costs.
You’ll want to make sure that that is actually doable, by calculating how high your rate can be per hour or per project, however you want to charge, and how much work you actually need to get done in a month to be able to live from freelancing.
You have to be honest here about how many projects you expect to be able to get, as well as be aware that the first few moments are likely to be a bit rougher, until you create a reputation for yourself, so starting out with some savings on hand are recommended.
If you keep these factors in mind, your freelancing career should be on the right track to success!
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