Lots of people dream about giving up the 9-5 routine to become their own boss. What’s more, an increasing number are turning that dream into a reality. Over 56million people work freelance in the USA. And with the rise of remote working set to continue into the new normal, now could be your best chance to escape that office life forever.
But what does it take to become a freelancer? ZenBusiness provides all the answers in this complete guide to launching a freelance career.
Freelancing isn’t a way of working; it’s a lifestyle. And it isn’t for everyone. For example, the majority of freelancers work on short-term contracts with no employee benefits or protections. There’s no notice period, no severance packages, and zero healthcare cover. So why would anyone work like this? The answer is simple. Going freelance is all about freedom.
Freelancers can pick and choose their working hours depending on workload, lifestyle, personality, or even mood. Hate Monday mornings? Then start the week with a gym session or relaxing walk before getting down to some work in the afternoon. Fancy a few days off? Take them! Because as long as you’re hitting deadlines, nobody cares what you do or where you do it!
What does it take to be a freelancer?
Every freelancer needs a marketable skill. It could be copywriting, software design, translation, video production, graphic design, mobile app development, or almost anything else you can do to a professional standard.
But even if you’ve got the skills to work for yourself, do you have the personality? Do you thrive off routine and stability? If so, you might struggle with the uncertainties of working freelance. But if you’re a natural risk-taker, this same uncertainty is part of the thrill of being a freelancer. Are you comfortable in your own company? Because you’ll need to be. Freelancing is often a solitary pursuit. And how do you cope with rejection? Even experienced freelancers hear the word no regularly. Knowing how to shrug off rejection while also learning from it is an essential skill, especially during the early days of your freelancing career.
Setting yourself up as a freelancer
You’ll need somewhere to work. Working from home is a cost-effective option. Alternatively, you can rent a desk at a coworking space. It’s an extra expense, but it means you’ll be around like-minded people. Heading into an office also helps many freelancers draw an important line between work time and personal time.
And get those socials on point. Social media is an essential part of selling your work and yourself. A professional and active profile shows you’re passionate about what you do, while liking, posting, and sharing is an excellent way to make new contacts and connect with potential clients.
Other essentials include a decent laptop and wifi package. Don’t scrimp on either, and always have a backup plan in mind. Because when they don’t work, neither will you! Lastly, make sure you invest in some high-quality coffee. Caffeine is the freelancer’s best friend.
Here’s a look at everything else you need to know about going freelance.