There are lots of different reasons why you might want to go Freelance. Whether it’s due to your busy lifestyle, location. Like any other job, there are a number of pros and cons that you need to consider before you take any step to freelancing world. It might sound exciting working for yourself but by no means it’s easy.
Have you built a client base?
Before you begin your freelancing adventure, it’s important that you make connections with relevant people in your field and network with them. You will be in charge of marketing yourself finding clients and networking so it’s important to have a couple of clients on board or that at least interested before you begin. Starting with no clients and no work to show can be extremely hard. It’s also advisable to start with a variety of customers and projects to show to potential customers. In this way, you can show your skills through your existing work.
Are you organized?
Taking a freelancing career requires you to be an extremely organized person. You will be in charge of your own bills your workload and your time. You will need to devote a significant amount of time to other important tasks such as invoices etc. Before you begin, your freelancing career you need to ensure that you are clued up on taxes and any other things you will need to start doing. You will need to remind yourself of what needs to be done and when, so it’s crucial that you keep on top of your work schedule. If you handing work in late or forgetting clients requests you will damage your brand reputation so make sure you avoid such cases! Try to make use of scheduling software to set yourself reminders during the day. In this way, you will manage effectively your time and spend the right amount of time on each individual project.
How about your financials?
By being a freelancer, it’s important to know that some months will be better than others in terms of finance and workload. So when you start off your freelancing career it’s important that you have a financial backup for the first few months. Sometimes business can be slow and it’s good to know that it might take longer than you expect to finally start your career to freelancing, completely. If you want to avoid the financial stress, it’s better to start when you know you have enough savings to live off for the coming months.
Where will you work and with who?
As a freelancer, you need to find a suitable workspace. A space that isn’t too distracting and allows you to get on with your work as normal. You need to ensure that you have a strong a reliable wifi connection and phone signal. Just like any other job, your client needs to be able to reach you with ease. It’s important to find a reliable wifi connection and not be distracted by having friends and family around when working.