How to become a freelancer
Who is a freelancer?
A freelancer is a self-employed person who may work for several companies/clients on assigned tasks. He or she isn’t necessarily tied to a specific employer.
What are the most common freelancing jobs?
- Graphic designing
- Software developer
- Content writing
How do freelancers get paid?
Most of the time, freelancers are paid by the hour. They can earn $20-50 per hour or much more.
Why a freelancing job?
Here are a few benefits of why you should consider a freelance job:
- Freedom of choice.
- Control over workload.
5 Steps to becoming a freelancer
Freelance jobs are popular and competitive. For this reason, you need to prepare accordingly.
1. Specific mindset
Think about whether you want to become a freelancer. Ask yourself if freelancing is for you!
As I mentioned earlier, as a freelancer you have a lot of free time (that is, depending on the hours you choose to work). Therefore, you need to be able to control yourself.
Remember, you only get paid for the hours you work. So if you aren’t self-disciplined and don’t meet the target, you may be frustrated and not be able to make money.
2. Chose a platform
These are marketplaces where you can find freelance jobs.
3. Create a resume
If you are applying for a freelance job, a CV is equally important. Don’t assume that a CV is only needed if you are applying for an office job.
To earn $20-50 or even more, it depends on your skills, area of expertise, and experience.
Write a good CV, explaining your education and why they should consider you and not someone else. Keep it short and to the point.
4. Know your price
As much as you would love to work for free, don’t work for free. Take into account your expenses and set a price that will allow you to cover those expenses.
5. Search for a freelance job
- Opt for something you have confidence in and can control.
- Network with several companies and other freelancers to get a chance.
- Post your profile. Use LinkedIn or create a website where someone can read your CV and reach out to you.
As you begin your freelancing journey, remember that it takes a lot of courage. It has its pros and cons, but you can make money and achieve your goals if you do it right.