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Learn How To Freelance

Welcome to a page of growing resources and ideas about being a freelancer. Jon updates this page every week or so, feel free to reach out with any questions and I’ll get back to you ASAP. 

How To Start Freelancing

Freelancing is a great way to make money working from home, a cafe or really anywhere you have an internet connection. You can work on your own schedule and complete projects for clients from all over the world. Too often, ‘freelancing’ is misrepresented in its complexity. At the end of the day, freelancing is simply an exchange of your skillset for money.

In order to be a successful freelancer, you’ll need to identify your skill set, find clients and manage your time and finances wisely. These posts are here to point you in the right direction and give you the tips and tricks you need to make freelancing work for you.

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What Is freelancing

Freelancing is defined as the exchange of services for money. It can be done remotely or in person, and it often involves working on a project-by-project basis. Freelancers can be self-employed or work for a company on a contract basis.

There are many reasons why someone might choose to freelance. For some, it’s a way to make extra money on the side. For others, it’s a full-time career choice. And for many people, it’s a combination of both.

The great thing about freelancing is that it offers a lot of flexibility. You can often set your own hours and work from anywhere in the world. And since there is a growing demand for freelancers, it’s a great time to get started.

How to get started as a freelancer

1. Find Your Niche

The first step to becoming a successful freelancer is to find your niche. What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? When you know your strengths, it’s easier to market yourself to potential clients.

2. Get Organized

As a freelancer, you’ll be your own boss. That means it’s up to you to stay organized and on top of your projects. Use a project management tool like Trello or Asana to keep track of your tasks. And set aside time each day to work on your projects.

3. Build a Portfolio

When you’re just starting out, it can be helpful to build a portfolio of your work. This will give potential clients an idea of your skills and what you can do. You can create a portfolio website or use a job platforms to showcase your skills and past experience. Popular ones are Upwork, PeoplePerHour and Fiverr (more on this later).

4. Network, Network, Network

As a freelancer, networking is key. Attend industry events or join online communities related to your niche. This will help you meet potential clients and get your name out there.

5. Know Your Worth

One of the hardest things about freelancing is setting your rates. You don’t want to charge too much and scare away potential clients. But you also don’t want to undervalue your services. Do some research to see what other freelancers in your niche are charging. And be confident in your rates. Remember, you’re providing a valuable service and you deserve to be paid accordingly.

Offline vs. Online Freelancing

There are two main types of freelancing: offline and online.

Offline freelancing is when you provide your services in person. This could be anything from dog walking to catering to event planning. If you’re a people person and enjoy working face-to-face, offline freelancing could be a good option for you.

Online freelancing is when you provide your services remotely, usually through the internet. This could be anything from web design to social media marketing to copywriting. If you’re more comfortable working behind a computer, online freelancing might be a better fit.

There are pros and cons to both offline and online freelancing. It’s important to weigh your options and decide what’s best for you. Keep in mind however, that even if you are an ‘offline’ freelancer, it’s still very important to have an online presence. This can be in the form of a website or social media account where you showcase what you can provide to your future clients.

The Most Important freelance resource

Besides money, time is going to be your best friend when starting out as a freelancer. Time is a resource and you’ll need to spend some time doing things like marketing, networking and continuing to develop your skills.

Starting off as a freelancer, there are many nuances and things to learn that can take up a lot of your time. Quite often, these things are not formally taught and you’ll have to learn them through trial and error. Freelancing takes determination and a willingness to learn new things, but the payoff can be great.

There are many resources out there to help you get started as a freelancer. But one of the most important is your network. Talk to other freelancers and ask for advice. Attend meetups and conferences. Get connected with other people in your industry. These connections will be invaluable as you start your freelance journey.

Sometimes finding a mentor or even a business/freelancer that is doing something similar to you can be helpful. You can often learn a lot from observing and talking to people who are where you want to be. This does not necessarily mean you need to know them personally, there are plenty of online resources and groups you can find that can help.

If you’re not sure where to start, try looking for online communities or forums related to your industry or skill set. These are great places to ask questions, get advice and learn about new opportunities.

how to learn freelancing online

The internet is a great place to learn about freelancing. There are many resources available that can help you get started, such as online courses on Udemy, Skillshare and niche blogs (such as this one). My personal recommendation is to pool your knowledge from different sources. No one platform or course will give you everything you need to know.

In fact, if you try and learn everything about freelancing before you start, you’ll likely never get started. The best way to learn is by doing. Get some clients and work on some projects. You’ll learn a lot more from real-world experience than you will from any book or course.

The Benefits of Freelancing

There are many benefits that come with freelancing. To start freelancing, you don’t need much. In most cases, all you need is a laptop and an internet connection to start doing research and find clients. Here are some top considerations for being a freelancer:

You're In Control

As a freelancer, you’re in control of your own business. That means you get to decide when and where you work. You can also choose which clients you want to work with.

work from anywhere

One of the best things about being an ‘online’ freelancer is that you can often work from anywhere in the world. As long as you have a laptop and an internet connection, you can work from anywhere. This is great for people who want the freedom to travel or work from home.

Set Your Own Schedule

Another benefit of freelancing is that you can set your own schedule. If you’re a night owl, you can work at night. If you have kids, you can work around their school schedule. This flexibility is great for people who want more control over their time.

Make Your own rates

When you’re a freelancer, you get to set your own rates. And as you build your client base and get more experience, you can raise your rates. This is a great way to make more money and grow your business.

the cons of freelancing

While freelancing has many benefits, there are also some challenges that come with it. Here are a few of the most common ones:

Finding Your Own Clients

As a freelancer, you’re responsible for finding your own clients. This can be a challenge if you don’t have much experience or a large network.

No Guarantees

Another challenge of freelancing is that you’re not guaranteed regular work. This can be a problem if you rely on your freelancing income to pay your bills.

manage your own time

As a freelancer, you have to manage your own time. This can be a challenge if you’re not used to working on your own schedule.

marketing yourself

Another challenge of freelancing is that you have to market yourself. This can be difficult if you’re not comfortable promoting your own work.

When you’re starting out as a freelancer, you might need to invest in some tools and resources. This can be a challenge if you’re on a tight budget.

Despite the challenges, freelancing can be a great way to make money and work on your own terms. If you’re willing to put in the work, it can be a great career choice.

Start Your Freelancing Journey

Freelancing is a journey and each step you take gets you closer to your end goal. The best way to learn is by doing, so find some clients and work on some projects. If you’re not sure where to start, check out some of the resources above or feel free to get in touch with any questions and I’d be glad to point you in the right direction.

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