The freelance lifestyle has become increasingly popular in recent years. There are many reasons for this, including the ease of working from home, the ability to set your own hours and the freedom to choose your clients.
However, becoming a freelancer is not without its challenges, especially if you’re new to self-employment. Here are some tips on how to make your transition a smooth one.
But how do you get started? What’s the first step? Where do you go from here?
Here are some tips to help you make the transition from employee to freelancer smooth as silk:
1. Decide what kind of freelancer you want to be. Are you going to be an independent contractor or an entrepreneur?
2. Write down what makes you different from everyone else out there who does what you do. This is the “unique selling proposition” that sets you apart from your competition and makes clients want to hire you over someone else who does something similar but not quite as well.
3. Write down all the services you can offer your clients, then narrow that list down to five or 10 core services that will help define your career path going forward in this new phase of your life as a freelancer.
Another excellent aspect of being a freelancer is the ability to offer high quality and personalized service to your clients. This alone can be more appealing to a client than the prices you charge.
Many large businesses have so many things going on at once, that they cannot always give the personal attention that a client often wants. Additionally, they do not generally work as fast as the client would like them to. A freelancer typically only works one project at a time allowing them to quickly finish their projects in a high quality and timely fashion.
There are freelancers in a large variety of areas and if you possess specific qualities and experience the client wants you will have no troubles in finding work.