Being a freelancer is like running a business, but with more flexibility. As a freelancer, you need to think of yourself as an actual business. You need to engage with others like a business would, and you need to have goals that you want to achieve.
In my book, How To Become A Freelancer & Start Making Money On Your Own Terms, I talk about what makes a successful freelancer in depth. I want to share my top tips from my book that helped me stay organised and make money as a freelancer for over five years.
– Money management is crucial. The flexibility you have as a freelancer means that if you’re not careful, you could end up spending endless amounts of money and getting nowhere. Set a limit for what you want to invest in yourself.
– Your network is your net worth. The more people you get to know and connect with means that those people now know about what you do. You have a list of people you can market your services to instantly, and can potentially get bigger opportunities because of who you know.
There was once a time when I didn’t like networking at events. You spend most of the time talking about yourself which made me feel slightly boastful. In order to become a successful freelancer, that’s exactly what you need to do. Promote yourself relentlessly. Don’t ever feel guilty about networking with others, and letting them know what you have to offer.
– Work smarter not harder is easier said than done, but once mastered, being a freelancer is more rewarding. Don’t take on more than you can do just because the work is available. Not only could you burn out, but you start to compromise the quality of your work. The quality of your work is your selling point. Everything you do should have real meaning and shouldn’t be rushed.
– Know your financial limits to avoid losing more than you make. It’s easy to get carried away with money as a freelancer. It’s important to be mindful, and realistic about your. Make sure you have work coming in coinsistently before heavily investing in what you do. For example, if you’re a freelance photographer, you would need to invest in a camera, but not necessarily a studio space.
Budgeting whilst freelancing is essential, especially if it’s your only source of income.
In my book, How To Become A Freelancer, I talk about my top tips in depth. I talk about the different ways you can avoid the challenges that come with freelancing, and provide useful links to help with websites, funding, and more. The book is on sale for £3.99 including shipping.
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