Working Freelance From Home, Here are the Basics for Starters
Enjoying more time with family and friends, never having to set foot outside the home, earning as much money as necessary — these are just some of the many perks that come with working freelance from home.
So if you are planning on joining the some 2 million freelancers in the UK, no one can really blame you!
However, it’s important to note that making that switch from having a 9-to-5 job to being a complete freelancer working from the comfort of your own home entails going through a transitional phase in which adjustments have to be made.
Keep on reading before you make the plunge — below are some of the basics of joining the freelancer marketplace that every starter has to know.
GEARING UP FOR THE PART
Having a computer hooked up to the internet is a definite must. That’s because it will be your primary means of getting in touch with current as well as potential clients.
Needless to say, your computer should have decent specs — most especially if you are planning on taking on processor-intensive tasks such as freelance video editing jobs online, your machine should be able to meet demands.
In some instances, getting your hands on additional home office equipment may have to be done. Dabbling in virtual assistance or various freelance sales jobs, for instance, may require you to have a fax machine, copier and printer. Having the latest or most sophisticated units is not necessary — they just have to be able to perform very well.
Your internet should also be fast and reliable enough to make sure that you’re online each time you need to be easily accessible to your clients. Having 24/7 access to the web is vital not only for finding online freelance jobs, but also for being available during work hours.
LOOKING FOR JOBS
Setting up your home office is just half the battle — there’s no point in having all the necessary equipment if there are no gigs for you to take on.
While it’s true that working freelance from home is so much easier than working in the traditional manner, it’s not really that easy to find freelance work online that’s perfect for your work experience, skill level and needs. Job hunting is arguably one of the most challenging tasks that freelancers have to face.
The good news is that you can find gigs practically everywhere in cyberspace! Signing up on various freelancing platforms on the internet is a step that may be taken to have access to available jobs. You may also pay a visit classified advertisement websites to check out gigs.
Nowadays, a smart business person, manager or CEO who is looking to cut office and employment costs choose to post project online in hope of getting the service of a diligent and honest freelancer — you could be that person!
BUILDING YOUR REPUTATION
You can easily find freelance work on the internet. Sadly, it’s not that easy to win the heart of every single client out there who is looking for a freelancing individual to hire.
This is exactly the reason why it pays for you to have a stellar reputation. Such can be attained by having an impressive resume and work experience. Unfortunately, having a striking freelancing experience requires much time and effort on your part — making the mistake of faking it could mean the end of your freelancing life!
Initially, you may have to opt for gigs that pay peanuts just for you to be able to build your reputation. Worry not because there are tons of clients out there who wouldn’t hesitate paying more the moment that you have proven your worth.
Once you already have a to-die-for resume and work experience, high-paying jobs will naturally come your way.