Make Money as a Freelancer
Freelancing Can Be a Rewarding Career !
Making money online is a goal of many, but most don't
know where to start. Freelancing is a broad term given to those who sell a
service or skill on the internet, or off for that matter. A freelancer is
self-employed and takes on clients. He or she performs her skill or service for
current customers and then moves on to new clients, occasionally repeating the
service for existing patrons.
To become a freelancer, you must first identify a
service or skill you can market online. Perhaps you know a bit about a
particular topic and can write well. You can market yourself as a freelance
writer on your topic. Perhaps you spend a great deal of time on forums or blogs
and like to participate in discussions. You can sell your posting skills.
The more experience and expertise you have in a given
field the more desirable you will be and the more income you can generate.
Technical fields such as programming and search engine optimization are always
in demand, and more graphic fields such as design are sought out as well.
Even taking a class or two in a certain programming
may give you the skills you need to launch a freelance career. It is possible to
make a freelance career out of almost any field of work imaginable. It simply
takes skill and a bit of marketing.
Marketing Yourself as a
The most challenging aspect of freelancing is finding a
market for your particular skill.
presents little problem for those who specialize in public relations and are
selling their marketing skills, but for the rest of us, the ability to
effectively market our wares separates those who are successful from those who
To successfully market yourself and your offering, you
must go where there is a need. If you are specializing in design, find those who
are building websites who need your help. By the same token, if you are a
freelance writer, it is not enough to simply maintain a blog demonstrating your
skill. You must find readers and eventually clients who find themselves in need
of your service.
Establishing a Successful
Finding your skill set and then finding a customer base are
the fundamentals of establishing a freelance career. To make that career
successful there are many other aspects to consider:
You must research and benchmark
your service and those of similar professionals. Could you be doing more or
offering additional services? What is the competition doing?
Find the ideal rate that
brings you the maximum amount of profit with a reasonable amount of work. Are
you slaving away for pennies or have your price so high you're putting off
clients? Does your rate adequately reflect your level of expertise?
Maintain professionalism at all
times. Being a freelancer does not entitle you to act unprofessionally.
Yes, you set the rules, but those rules also reflect you and your service. Act
like a professional and your clients will think of you as one.
Stay current. The world is
constantly changing, and you must stay current. Read the latest material and
constantly network. Understand the changes to your industry and stay with or
ahead of the times.