Freelancing can be either a great way to supplement your current income, or if you work hard enough at it, a means to replace your job. The problem with freelancing is that a lot of people are doing it wrong.
“How can you freelance wrong?,” you may ask. Well it’s very possible, even if you are making money you could still be doing things that hinder your progress and earnings.
With that being said here are a few things to make your life as a freelancer more productive and successful.
Separate Space For Work And Play
The first step to being a successful freelancer is separating work and play. You shouldn’t be working in the same place you kids watch TV and the kids fingerprint. Don’t worry if you lack the space for this. The primary focus here is not being distracted. There’s no easier way to screw up a project than loose focus and forget something.
Set Aside Time
Setting aside time goes hand in hand with having a separate work space. Don’t start on a project if you only have 15 minutes to put into it. There are reasons than companies have work shifts usually in hourly increments and it’s not to ruin our lives. They know that productivity is a process and it takes time. Rushing a project is another easy foul for freelancers.
Save Your Work Often
You should be saving your work as often as possible. Computer programs crash and hard drives die all the time. For this purpose save often and keep backups. It’s very discouraging to lose a 500 word article because you didn’t save it. My browser actually crashed in the middle of this article. Go figure.
Selling yourself, [insert joke here], is a big part of being a freelancer. How can you be a freelancer if no one will hire you. You need to let prospective employers know that you are the most qualified freelancer for the job. You can’t come to the table without anything to show expecting work. Act as if you are on an actual interview, in some cases you might actually get one.
You can take personal marketing as far as getting your own website promote yourself. Nothing says I’m serious about myself more than a YourName.com or .me.
The best way to find work as a freelancer is through previous projects. Continue to go above the call of duty and you will be hired time and time again. This is especially true with larger clients. They often have more projects going on and coming up, as well as the means to pay for them.
Think Big, Act Small
Small actions can lead to big success if you work at it correctly. Doing a job for less than the competition can get you in the door for opportunities to prove that you are worth a lot of money. Experience is also very important for new freelancers. You can’t market yourself if you haven’t done anything. Take a few small jobs first and get some experience under your belt.
Don’t Limit Yourself
If you can’t find any work, step out of your comfort zone. Limiting yourself to a specific task leads to boredom and a lack of funds. Try something new, you might be good at it. Also don’t limit where you apply, check out these 5 websites that pay you to freelance.