Many self-employed people can make six figures or more without leaving their homes. (The American Writers & Artists, Inc. and the Editorial Freelancers Association)
The question of how to participate in this trend remains as pressing as ever.
First, you evaluate your current skill level.
Second, you figure out if your abilities can provide you with a good living; if not, you have to put in the time and effort to acquire some new ones that are a) in demand in the modern economy, b) will pay you well, and c) you’ll find rewarding.
Third, start looking for freelance work when you’ve mastered the necessary skills. Find the positions first, then put time and money into training for them. Check out the rates paid by large corporations and small businesses for the service you intend to offer. Making the transition from 9 to 5 to self-employment is easier if you upgrade your skills to match the market demand.
Choose a skill you already have at work and you might be able to convince your boss to pay you as a freelancer.
Fourth, sign up for at least five freelance sites, preferably more. Freelancers may be required to pay a fee to join certain websites. Some sites offer an escrow service that lets freelancers get paid, with a small fee taken out to cover the site’s costs.
Having an escrow account set up is a good idea when you’re just getting started. You should meet with your clients in a controlled setting. Keep in mind that you’ll be communicating with people from all around the world.
Submit bids only for tasks in which you are qualified. Attempt to submit as many bids as possible for jobs in order to compensate for those you don’t end up getting. Tip: Re-read the project description until you feel like you know the person who authored it. Carefully read the client’s description and fully grasp their needs. Don’t be shy about seeking clarification. There is typically a dedicated forum for each assignment on freelance websites.
Build a resume of your work that may be viewed online.
Seven, after securing a contract, put in a lot of effort to receive positive reviews. Also, no matter how rude an employer is, you should nearly always submit a positive review. Be cautious about how you word your review if the person you worked for lacked professionalism. It’s likely that he or she was also rude to other independent contractors; if you find yourself copying their work, consider the possibility that this person was also a plagiarist. Please refrain from providing negative comments about the employer.
Eight, always deliver on time and go above and beyond with your work.
Keep your day job until you’ve established a steady clientele, then quit your job and devote yourself full-time to your business.
You should document your plans and read them over regularly.
You can choose whatever order works best for you to carry out the aforementioned ten tasks. The order of steps 2 and 3 is important, but the latter should be finished first.
Reading your goals every day is a great way to remind yourself that you can achieve them if you put in the time, effort, and confidence. Do it; you’re capable of it!