Working from home, having your own work schedule, being your own boss... and above all, doing something you love. These are the dreams of many employees! I admit that every morning when I wake up, I'm proud of what I've become, I love what I do. Do you also want to live from your passion while working at home? In that case, you should become a freelancer :) But how? These three tips will help you!
Before you become a freelancer, first get to know yourself...
Becoming a freelancer isn't very pleasant if you haven't chosen the right activity! You have to do something you love. So start by getting to know yourself: what is your passion in life?
Do you like to draw? In that case, become an illustrator. Do you like writing? You can become a writer or an editor. Do you love how websites work and everything that goes on around them? You can, like me, become a webdesigner ;) (By the way, I'm currently organising some Webflow training courses in case you're interested).
Now that you've found your calling, all you have to do is prepare to become a freelancer.
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Gather as much information as possible
The secret to any success lies in good preparation. There are several ways to prepare, but the easiest way is to surf the internet. Freelancing blogs are on the rise right now, so you won't have any trouble finding information. Happydesk.be, for example, is full of great lessons, advice...
I once wrote an article on tips to avoid being distracted on a daily basis, and thus avoid working on time. When you become a freelancer, you quickly realize that time management is very important to ensure good productivity. Also, do you know that you have to build your own network at all costs? I also show you how to do this in another of my articles on how to become a freelancer.
Of course, reading will not be enough to satisfy your curiosity. You surely need to listen to the experiences of other freelancers! Do you know where to turn? On freelance discussion forums. There are a lot of them on the internet.
Think of the practicalities
Depending on what you want to do, you may need to forge your skills. This will help you feel more confident when you sell your services. Don't worry, you don't necessarily have to spend money on training. You can do it on your own. The difference with paid training is that with the help of an experienced freelancer (the trainer) you will climb the ladder a little faster.
Becoming a freelancer: you have to find your own clients yourself
The world of freelancing is quite different from that of the employee. Becoming a freelancer is synonymous with getting out of one's comfort zone (at least at the beginning ;) ). You have to find your own clients yourself. This is where another quality of freelancers comes in: proactivity. Be on the lookout for every potential contract, be it on the discussion forums, in coworking spaces, in everyday life when talking with friends, family, etc.
Don't think you have to promote yourself non-stop. It would still be a little awkward, I'll grant you that. Instead, use gentle methods, like: explain your job to those around you (what does it consist of, why you want to become a freelancer...).
You are always up for working from home (and sometimes in coworking spaces), being your own boss, turning your passion into a job? and many others? Now you know what you have to do: get to know yourself, get informed, and find your own clients.
Come back to this page whenever you want. Did you come up with any ideas I might have forgotten? If so, what are they? Leave a comment below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.