Nearly every single week, I receive a couple of emails from readers asking for any tips that I have so that they can get started with freelancing as well.
Today’s post will be all about freelancing successfully, enjoy!
When I tell people that I am switching to 100% freelancing, they tend to think that my life will be easy as cake and that I will basically be prancing around in my pajamas 24 hours a day.
They also think that I will be sleeping for around 15 hours each day.
I’m not sure why people think this. Freelancing is still working and everyone still needs to plan in order to be successful.
Below are my tips in order to freelance successfully:
One thing that I always tell everyone is that you need to be realistic with your freelancing plans. Not everyone makes 6 figures, and not everyone is successful.
What works for one person may not work for you. Not everyone has the same skills, and not everyone enjoys doing the same thing. I think that if you want to work for yourself, then having some sort of passion is a good idea. Enjoy what you are doing!
Have a plan.
If you are going to switch to freelancing, make a plan for what you want to do. Can you afford it? How many projects can you realistically take on? Will you hire employees? What kind of business budget will you have? What will you do as a freelancer? What will your pricing be?
There are many questions to ask yourself. Not everyone has everything answered, but it is wise to have some sort of plan so that you are prepared for things that may happen.
If you just started freelancing, then it would be very hard for anyone to know about your services unless you market yourself. How is anyone supposed to know what you do, if they don’t even know that you exist?
There are many ways to market yourself. You can start a website (as discussed below), ask for others to recommend you, be active on social media, advertise online or in the paper, and so on.
Create a website detailing your services.
This goes hand in hand with marketing yourself. When most people are researching what company they want to use for a project that they need done, then the first thing that they do most likely will be searching online for the company’s website.
If you don’t have a website, then this might hinder your growth. Just start one! It can be simple, depending on what type of service that you offer. Of course, if you have some sort of design business, then having a nice website will be key.
Ask for a review or a testimonial.
If you already have some projects completed for your clients, trying asking them if they will leave a review about how you did. If you have REAL reviews from REAL customers/clients, this will help potential future customers choose your services.
Have a schedule and stick to it.
When I make the freelancing switch, it does not mean that I will be sleeping in until 1 p.m. every single day. I will still attempt to stick to a similar schedule as to what I have now.
In some industries, your clients may only need you after 5 p.m., maybe only before 7 a.m. If you plan on entering these industries, then you will have to adjust your schedule and work when they need you.
What other tips do you have for successful freelancing?
This post was mentioned on Money Bulldog.