I’ve been freelancing for about a year now, and it has changed my life. I went from making $50K per year to over $500K last year. What’s even more interesting is that this income increase happened within the first few months of starting my freelance career. It was an exciting time!
1. I’ve always been interested in freelancing.
In the past, I used to think that entrepreneurs were a different breed of people, and it wasn’t something for me. After all, they did seem like workaholics who spent every waking hour at their desks or attending meetings with clients. But after a few months of working full-time as an employee, I knew I had to make a change! It was too much stress and not enough passion coming from my job anymore. So when one day, while scrolling through Facebook […]. I realized how many people are doing this successfully without being chained down by corporate rules and regulations — and just making money online! Of course, there’s no way you can be successful if you don’t put in some work and effort, but the rewards were well worth it.
2. It took me about 3 months to find my first client.
It was a slow process. I took some time tweaking my own website and finding the right keywords to target, then started reaching out to people with similar interests. The key is really not giving up! You can’t expect results overnight; it takes diligence and patience when you’re just starting out. After about three months of constant searching for clients (and turning down projects that aren’t quite in line with your skillset), I finally got my first client, who paid me $400 per month.
3. The best way to get clients is through referrals.
I’m not going to lie. The first few months were a struggle as I was trying to find clients on my own, and it wasn’t until one of my friends referred me that things started getting easier! It’s important for you to be active in the communities where your future clients hang out. So if you’re an expert writer, then attending writing groups is essential; likewise, with web designers or developers — get involved with those communities online. And when someone asks about your skillset, don’t hesitate to offer them some help even if they aren’t paying yet because this will give you more opportunities down the road!
4. Freelancing has allowed me the opportunity to learn new skills.
The more you work with clients, the better you become at what you do. I started off doing copywriting jobs but soon realized that it was not my forte because I didn’t have a knack for sales-related topics, so I stopped taking on projects related to this. But since building websites was something that interested me and which paid pretty well too, hiring developers became one of my specialties! Nowadays, if someone asks me how much it would cost them to build an online store or marketplace websites like Amazon or eBay — I can confidently quote them a price without even thinking about it because I’ve done enough research in the past few years (and most importantly; practice makes perfect!). Being able to switch gears is definitely an important trait you’ll need to have if you want to survive in this industry.
5. Tips for success as a freelancer.
Start out small and take on projects that are in line with your skillset. The last thing you want is to have too many clients but not being able to deliver the quality they deserve because you’re overworked. It’s a recipe for disaster! Also, don’t be afraid of asking questions when you need help from developers or designers — they love helping people so long as it doesn’t affect their workflow (and if they do, find new ones!). And finally: keep track of all your earnings and expenses; this way, everything will add up at the end of the year, which means fewer taxes to pay off come April!
6. What it’s like to be a full-time freelancer versus being an employee.
There are definitely pros and cons to both. But here’s what I can tell you — I don’t have any bosses breathing down my neck, calling me every half hour over some small problem that has nothing to do with work (and yes, this happens even if you’re just an employee). It also means more responsibility on your part, but at the same time, it gives you the opportunity to grow as a professional because YOU decide how much or little effort you put into something or whether or not you choose to learn new skills/approaches for doing things. And finally: money! If there was one thing I love about freelancing is having 100% control of how much money comes in each month, depending on how hard I worked during that time.
7. The future of work and what we need to prepare for.
So what’s the future of work? I think we need to start preparing now if we want to be successful in this industry, and that means: learning new skills, building a solid client base (and not just taking any project you’re offered), and saving as much money as possible so that when emergencies come up — we don’t have to worry about where our next paycheck is coming from. And finally, always keep an open mind because things are constantly changing! You can either ignore it or embrace change, but whatever you decide — do not fear it because looking back on my life ten years from now, having embraced changes head-on will definitely make me happier than someone who let opportunities pass them by without even trying. So good luck and happy freelancing!
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