10 Freelancing Tips that Will Help You Become the Independent You Want
Freedom it’s what everyone dreams of.
Somehow things like work, family and obligations always seem to get in the way of that dream don’t they? But, are these activities really as much of an obstacle as you think? It might surprise you to learn that more than 52 million Americans now work from their home; and what do they do? They run some type of freelancing business.
A Freelancing Business, Is it the Solution to the Problem?
Today there are millions of people in the workforce who do freelancing work of one type or another. Freelancing has become the go-to method to supplementing or replacing a more standard income. Some people only use freelance work as a way of supplementing their existing incomes, while others have scaled this opportunity to replace their full-time income.
How Do You Gain the Freedom of a Freelancer?
Becoming a freelancer means you have the freedom to plan your workday and to work flexible hours, but it also means running a business, and that takes discipline and commitment. It takes the planning of your day and staying committed to your customers. This means you need to establish rules that help you become a success at your newfound business project. To help you along, we’ve put together these tips to help you succeed in your own freelancing business.
Never Stop Learning
This is probably the most important tip you can learn as a freelancer. The industry in which freelancer’s work is ever changing, which means you need to commit to learning new techniques and processes within the freelancing realm you work in. You have to love the industry you work in, because IT WILL show in your work…and when you do, you’ll be good at what you do and that will earn you more money.
Make a Business Plan
Just as if you were establishing a brick and mortar business, you should create a business plan. In fact, this should be one of the first things you do. Putting your idea down on paper will help keep you on track. It will help you focus on the type of work you want to pull in and the types of fees you can charge.
Plan Out Your Week
Give yourself an hour or so at the beginning of the week to plan for your projects. Plan out how you spend your work hours and how many hours you’ll need to meet your deadlines. The more projects you have, the more important this step will become.
Managing a freelancing business can be a bit tough on your budget at first. So you don’t want to buy too many productivity tools, but you can find free software to save you time and give you the functionality you need for your freelancing projects.
That’s not to say that there aren’t some premium tools that you might need. Look to your industry leaders to find which tools work best for your needs.
Work on Your Presentation
You have to look professional to get those clients, so you need to brand yourself with your logo, website and everything else that goes with it.
Learn to Say “No” When Necessary
When you don’t have time for a client, you need to say no. It’s only fair to your clients and to you. When you say yes to too many clients you could lose your existing clients.
Use Social Media
This is where business relationships happen. No matter where you live, social media helps you connect to potential clients around the world. Twitter is a must do, and Facebook too. You can also use forums related to your business.
Get allies, people who will recommend your services. These people will eventually add you to their list of suppliers and spread the word of your services. Develop relationships with people who can do other things for clients. This makes your service more complete.
Get a Creative Workspace
It’s important that you feel comfortable with where you work. There is more than one way to get creative with the area you work in. You can upgrade your equipment; redecorate a spare room or add a special area to your home. Often times the work spaces at home work out better than an outside office.
Reward Your Customers
If you are in a slump, you need to do whatever is needed to do to keep your customers happy, and to consistently acquire new ones. Be service minded, help out and be friendly. This helps you when you need to contact old customers for new work. You’d be surprised how frequently they do have work you can help complete.
The Bottom Line
These tips will help you start acquiring and keeping clients in your new freelancing business. Just be sure that when you do get a project, take the time you need to complete it in a professional way. A freelancing opportunity can take the place of a job, but you must be committed, ethical and complete projects within the agreed upon time.
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