These days with the increase in job availabilities on the internet, freelancing has become extremely popular. There are many reason why you might want to consider this option when looking to earn some cash.
Some people may choose freelancing online as their sole source of income, and others might choose to pick up freelance work online to supplement the income they earn at their full time job.
The great thing about freelancing is that regardless which of those categories you fall into, you can be a successful freelancer online. If you do it successfully you will meet your financial goals that you set for yourself.
So what are those advantages of freelancing?
- Flexible Hours
- Working Around Family Schedule
- You Get To Learn Every Day
- You Get To Develop Your Own Audience
As stated earlier, you can freelance either full time or part time the choice is yours. You can work a regular schedule each day, or vary your schedule from day to day as you’re see fit.
You can work any type of hours you wish, do you think better at night? Great, then do your work at night. Do you do your best thinking in the morning? Then do your work when you first get up. As long as you meet your deadlines, the schedule you use to complete your task is your own.
When you consider freelancing, you might be thinking, “this would be great but I’ll never have time to take a vacation with my family because I’ll always have deadlines”.
That statement is incorrect and one of the great things about freelancing; the assignment you pick up are up to you and how much money you want to make.
Do you have a couple of weeks where your schedule is loaded with family activities, or a busy schedule at your full time job? Then don’t sign up for any assignment during that time period. Do you have a lot of free time for a couple weeks? Then pick up extra assignments.
If freelancing is your full time job and your spouse works a traditional job you might be able to work your schedules to avoid having to use daycare, if you have children. This is a great advantage when considering the cost of daycare these days. Attending sporting events, plays, school awards, and other activities for your child are much easier when you set your own schedule as a freelancer.
Freelance writing is more of a research skill than anything else. Once you learn a solid methodology to research topics, you can write on a very broad array of subjects. You will have the option to learn something new every day as you do your research. There aren’t many nine to five desk job that give you that same opportunity. You can choose assignments on topics you know you want to learn about.
What’s even better is you can pick up an assignment on a topic you weren’t too enthused about and find out after researching it, you love the subject. The chances to expand your knowledge base as a freelance writer are unlimited. Other freelancing jobs might offer the same opportunities to increase your knowledge base as well.
Depending on the type of freelancing you are doing, you might have the chance to market your own piece of work after completing it. If you develop a loyal audience, use this as a selling point when applying for freelancing opportunities.
Let your prospective employer know of previous works you’ve done and the number of readers you have that enjoy reading your work. If you are freelancing in another field, keep a list of clients and other references to let prospective employers interview for references.
Is Freelancer Really For You?
While freelancing can be a very rewarding career choice, there are some things you should consider first.
- Are you self-motivated? Are you able to work well on your own with little to no supervision?
- Can you handle a handle a fluctuating income?
- Can you handle criticism?
- Are you a multi-tasker?
- Can you work unusual/unconventional hours?
- Can you take a business-like attitude at all times?
If you can work as a self-starter without supervision and outside encouragement, then freelancing might work well for you.
There will be times when you freelance that the money comes pouring in and other times when the money well dries up. You will need to rely on savings and careful budgeting at times. You need to be able to handle the fluctuating income if you want to be successful as a freelancer.
It’s also important to be able to handle criticism. When you freelance, you are representing yourself and your work is a piece of you. If a client does not like your work, it can feel like a personal insult. There will be times in your work where what makes your client happy may not be your first choice but your job is to please the paying client.
It’s essential that you are a good multi-tasker no matter what type of freelancing you want to do. This is because you will typically be handling more than one project at a time while also juggling your personal life and responsibilities.
While you might have freedom to sleep until noon or work in you PJs when you feel like it, you might also have to work late nights or weekends in order to finish a rush project or a special project. This flexibility is what freelancing is all about. It’s often why a client chooses a freelancer in the first place.
It’s important when you freelance that you do not cross the line between business and personal time. You willneed to take a business-like attitude at all times when it comes to your work.
Now that you have the questions, you can answer honestly to yourself and determine whether or not freelancing is really for you. There are many great advantages to freelancing. There are also many professions which allow you to do so easily from home or from your own personal office.
Of course everything isn’t a bed of roses as a freelancer. You need to be cautious when accepting freelance jobs. There are plenty of scam artists out there that will rip you off after you work for them. Research the company you are considering doing freelance work for. Keep in mind even one freelance job where you are ripped off can make the difference between if a bill gets paid that moth or not. Don’t let the risks scare you off though, it just means your research begins even before your freelancing job begins. If you are cautious of scams and take advantage of the benefits of having a freelance position, freelancing can be a very satisfying and financially rewarding job.
You get the call the shots and you have freedom in what type of work you take and when and why. But if you try to jump in when you’re not really cut out for freelancing, you’re going to find nothing but headache and heartache instead of dream come true.
Good luck in your endeavors.