Being a freelancer is almost everybody’s dream job. No commute to work, no dressing up in your finest attire every day, and certainly no listening to Jenny at the office tell you for the tenth time why she prefers white bread to its wholemeal counterpart. If you’re a freelancer, you can do it pretty much anywhere in the world with an internet connection, and you can work on your own terms (most of the time). I’ve put together a quick guide, to show you how to earn money as a freelance whizz. You can do this!
How To Earn Money As A Freelancer
1. Decide what your passion is
The first step to becoming a successful freelancer (with a decent income) is deciding what it is that you’re actually going to do. If you have a passion for writing, then that’s a good place to start as a freelancer, but you can also do a whole host of things, from being an artist to a photographer. If you know what you love, take on clients based upon that. Don’t agree to take on a writing job about business if you can’t stand the thought of writing about it (although naturally, you will sometimes have to compromise). Choose your speciality, and market yourself based upon that.
2. Don’t quit your job just yet
The worst thing that you can do if you have an interest in freelancing is quitting your job before it gets off the ground. If you have a stable income, keep it coming in until you get your own hustle up and running, or you could be in the position where you can’t even pay your rent, because the work isn’t coming in as fast as you imagined. The good thing about keeping your current job going is that you can be picky about what work you do, and develop up a client base who understand what it is that you want to focus on.
3. Choose a variety of ways to secure an income
If you’re planning on going freelance as a writer or blogger, then use a variety of methods to get an income, to make sure that you have the ultimate job security. You can do this by advertising on your blog or getting involved in the world of SEO, by utilizing expired domains and adding links into some of your posts. This will mean that even if you don’t manage to make money from the writing side of things, then you’ll still get a bit of cash from advertisements, which you’ll be thankful for, especially if it’s an extra bonus on top of your salary.
4. Make a portfolio of your work
The best thing that you can do when starting out as a freelancer is building up a portfolio of your work. You can do this by creating a website with all of your information on it, so that a potential client can browse through your work, and there are plenty of YouTube tutorials out there if you want to try your hand at making one yourself. People will think that you’re serious about your work if you go the extra mile to showcase yourself and what you’ve created, so making a portfolio is also key to creating a professional image of yourself.
5. Choose your price
If you’ve gone out of your way to create a professional look for yourself, and your work is of a high quality, then you can choose a price tag that matches your abilities. If you’re writing for websites and businesses, then they’re going to look out for the best of the best. If they see your blog, or your portfolio, and decide that they want to work with you, then they’ll pay out for your skills. Decide how much time you’ll spend on it, and what you need to sustain your lifestyle, too. Set a price, and see how it goes from there.
6. Talk to other freelancers
Aah, the internet. The best thing about it is that you can find people who are doing the same thing as you, and they can introduce you to people that they know. This will create more profits for you, so make sure that you endeavour to make some connections online. Start off on sites like LinkedIn, and use it to showcase who you are. This will create the traffic you need, and you’ll start chatting to people all over the world who understand and appreciate what you’re doing. You could have a mutual friend with a client you want to work with, so make sure to use that wisely.
7. Get your name out there
If you’re a blogger, we can’t emphasise the importance of connections enough. If you can make some links with people who have great blogs and a large readership, then doing a guest post here and there will increase the traffic on your website and get you a few more regular readers. Do what you can to get your name out there, and write for anybody who you think will increase your website visitors. If you’re into photography or art, you can also work with people to get your name out there, so don’t underestimate the power of an Instagram post on a page with a lot of followers.
And lastly… work hard
The most important thing as a freelancer is keeping the motivation going. Wake up, get dressed, and get hustling, as if there is a boss right behind you keeping an eye on what you’re doing. Because if you don’t keep the motivation going, it can be pretty easy to get into the habit of, well, not having any habits. If it will help you to work in a coffee shop or library, then spend your day there. The main thing to consider is that you need to have the drive and determination to make this work, if you want it to be your full-time job. Nobody else is going to tell you, so be your own motivation. Good luck with freelancing, and earning money from doing what you love!