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How to Start Freelancing Today: A Quick and Simple Guide

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Are you tired of that 9-5 job? Probably wanting to venture into something which will allow you to be your own boss. It’s a lingering question among many people whether the job of a freelancer is legit.

Freelancing is proving to be a lucrative venture that can earn you quite a fortune, depending on your efforts.

For you to show interest in freelancing, you have to know the meaning of freelancers. There are a couple of things you have to get right before starting the freelancing journey. Here is what you need to know on how to start freelancing.

  1. Research on How to Start Freelancing And Compare Your Current Work And Freelancing

The industry is rapidly growing and opening up more opportunities. Being a newcomer to the industry, don’t quit your job before getting to know what freelance means.

You have to do enough research on how to start freelancing. Make a comparison of the suitability of your current job and freelancing after gaining enough knowledge on it. You would not like the scenario where you quit your job only to realize that writing is not your cup of tea.

  1. Get a Laptop.

Without a doubt, this is the greatest asset of a writer. You can use your savings to get one or get a soft loan from your family members.

Otherwise, you can get no credit check loans from financial institutions which can offer you a short term loan. The good thing with freelancing is that you don’t have to own an expensive machine. With a basic laptop, with Microsoft office applications, you will be good to go.

  1. You Have to Be Flexible With Your Schedule

The good thing with the 9-5 job is that your boss will not call at awkward times of the night for a job request. You have to spend a lot of time doing freelance jobs, meaning you can’t have other time-consuming commitments.

Your client might call at any time of the day. Sometimes you have to forego important duties so that you can finish the order in time. Failure to meet the deadline will get you in friction with your client, or rather your account moderator. This might cost you your account.

  1. Good Research Skills

Most of the topics you will be assigned are those that you are not knowledgeable in. You will need to sharpen your researching skills for you to provide an answer relevant to the research topic you have been assigned.

Apart from academic and article writing, you might be told to manage a social media account. This is referred to as social media freelancing. You will be making posts on social media and get paid according to the quality of your posts.

  1. You Have to Be Self-Motivated and Disciplined

In freelancing, you will have no one to supervise you on the progress of your work. But you have to put in mind that you have to submit your work within the set timeline.

You should organize yourself in such a way that you are able to balance between your various chores, but your work at the top of the priority list.

Final Word…

Freelancing is not an easier job. Like any job, it requires commitment and discipline. The good thing about learning how to start freelancing is you will need little capital.

You only need a laptop and good internet connectivity.

Feel free to visit our blog for more information on alternative online jobs you can opt for.

 

About the author /


Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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