We live in a time where we have more opportunities than ever before. Whether you are a newly graduated college or university student and would like to take the entrepreneurial route to start your own business, you were recently laid off from a corporate job and would like to monetize your skills, or you’re currently working part-time or full-time and looking to make money on the side doing something you’re passionate about, everyone has a unique talent or skill that can be monetized through freelancing.
Freelancing allows you to take on client projects that you get to choose, at times most convenient to you, in order to make money for a one-time project or sometimes on an ongoing contract basis. But as a freelancer, you can work with multiple clients at once, on multiple projects at once, you aren’t tied to a single company.
No matter who you are or what your experience has been, you can freelance. Because of the many advances for freelancers on the Internet, online-based ‘digital freelancing’ also means that you location does not even matter! You can take on client projects worldwide as long as you have an internet connection and a means of communicating. You get to set your own hours, choose the tasks you take on, work from home, set your own income, and choose your clients.
You can freelance in your spare time, which is what really makes it fantastic. Let’s say you have a day job but need to get some extra money coming in. You can freelance for a couple of hours in the evening, no sweat. Or, maybe you’re looking to make a full time income. That’s absolutely possible as a freelancer… in fact, you can quickly replace the income you’re making now, if you play your cards right.
It used to be that people would have to hire someone in-house if they wanted certain jobs done. These days, those jobs are going to freelancers. There are an incredible number of companies, both big and small, who are looking for someone just like you to hire on a per-project basis. The opportunities are only becoming more numerous with time.
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Freelancing is Very High in Demand
As a freelancer you can choose whether to work with local offline clients (small businesses near where you live, where you can meet them in person) or you can go completely digital/online and work with clients from anywhere in the world over the internet. Both offline businesses and online businesses need content. Offline businesses need graphics, online businesses need graphics. Offline businesses need assistants, online businesses need assistants. Both online and offline businesses need freelancers, like you, to fill certain roles for them. They are willing to pay you handsomely and you get the freedom that comes along with freelancing.
It seems that no one wants to hire full time employees for certain tasks there’s no need to. They would rather hire someone by the job. They want to hire people who will do a good job but who they won’t have to put on a typical payroll.
More and more, both online businesses and offline businesses are realizing that they’re nothing without their online content and graphics. Businesses that need to cut back on their full-time employees tend to turn to contract workers to minimize costs. Freelancers see this is an opportunity, a chance to work on projects for large companies, without being tied to them as a full-time worker. You enjoy more control not only over your hours, but your work as well.
There will be Many More Opportunities For You in the Future
Opportunities will only get better in the future. We’re really at the cusp of what it means to be an online freelancer. It’s a great idea to get started today so you’re in prime position to profit now and well into the future.
Far too many people wait to get started. What’s really holding you back from becoming a highly in demand freelancer right now? The truth is that there’s nothing holding you back but the fear of the unknown. That’s where support networks, online communities, and meetup networking groups come in. Join a local meetup group, and take the opportunity to chat with those who are currently freelancing today. Ask them all of the questions that worry you and are holding you back, and you will quickly see that it isn’t as daunting as you may think.
Becoming a freelancer is not difficult, and we’ll go through how to start freelancing and making money as you read through this guide.
Make Your Own Schedule
We only get one life to live. So, why spend it locked into a 9-5 job? You have a choice and the freedom to decide what you do with your time.
As a freelancer you get to decide if you’d like to work part time or full time. You get to decide who you work for, and when. You can work a little in the morning or a little at night or whatever you want in between. Freelancing from home is perfect for stay at home moms and dads. It’s great for college students, struggling single parents, those who’ve lost their jobs, or simply those who are ready for a chance.
You Get to Choose Your Own Income
You get to choose your own income as a freelancer, which is something very extraordinary. Your income will depend on the service you provide, of course, but there are several factors that come into play when you’re talking about income. For example, when you first starting out you might charge a lower price until you build a reputation. But then, you can specialize in offering premium services and charge a premium based on your name, reputation, and the service you provide.
Do you need a little bit of money every month? Freelancing is for you. Do you need to (very quickly) replace your current income… or very quickly make a full time income? Freelancing can be the answer.
The beauty of the Internet is that you can reach potential clients right away. You can make a name for yourself very quickly. You just need to dedicate yourself to your new business and make an effort to stand out from the pack. If you do that, and deliver consistently and quickly, you can quite easily start building up your clientele.