Are you a freelancer? If so there are things you need to know about the current trends in freelancing. If you haven’t left your current job yet, then you should still know that the freelance economy is constantly growing and changing. In order to do well, you will need to stay on top of current trends. You have to be open to changing strategies to make money in your industry. Consider the following as a guide to the trends in freelancing.
- There’s a need for freelancers. Research out of Princeton revealed that 94% of the ten million jobs created in the US between 2005 and 2015 are temp or freelance. There are so many people now that are leaving their 9 to 5 jobs behind. You can’t blame them, it is amazing to be your own boss and be location independent.
- You are no longer solo. You may actually find you have so much work that you have to turn to other freelancers to help you and outsource. You can do this on freelancing sites easily by posting that you are looking for workers. A lot of people do this, and make money doing so.
- The jobs are not hourly. Most jobs are fixed price. This allows you to make more hourly and be done with time tracking. It is a lot easier to know what you’ll have coming in each month as well. If you are a fast copywriter, for example, you can make a lot of money hourly because you are doing fixed price jobs.
- Content marketing is necessary. Many businesses need help creating content and then marketing it on social media. You can pitch big businesses to work with them in this role. But you also have to do your own content marketing to gain clients. Have a social media presence and a website. You may have to spend money on getting a professional and current looking website made for you if this is not your line of work. You don’t want your site to look like it’s straight out of 1995.
- There are new places to find work. There are so many freelancing sites now and it is good to be on all of them. Some people say that you can only find low paying work on these platforms but that is simply not true. There are many people getting full-time clients on freelancing platforms, and you should be one of them. There is no harm in at least signing up.
Leaving your 9 to 5 is possible. It is so much more enjoyable to be a business owner on your own terms than having to answer to a boss and making someone else rich. You can be location independent and see the world if you want to. Or, you can just stay at your current home and have a more relaxing atmosphere to work in and lose the travel costs. Freelancing is a dream for many, and it is possible to make it come true if you put in the work. Use these trends as a guide to quitting your job and being more successful as a freelancer.
Are you looking to increase your freelance rates? Have you heard you can make money by freelancing? You may have some freelance business ideas but you aren’t sure how to increase your income. There are steps you can take to make more money freelancing.
- Set up an office. Instead of treating freelancing as a hobby, treat it as a job. Take breaks, but don’t constantly make trips to the kitchen. Set work hours. Don’t have family and friends coming over unannounced. Take freelancing seriously and you will make more money.
- Put in more time. You’ll want to put in more hours starting out to make money. It takes time to set up profiles and apply to gigs on sites. If you already have clients, then you’ll be spending most of your time meeting deadlines and their individual needs.
- Join more freelancing sites. There are several to choose from. You can also get email updates from sites like Problogger. You should be pitching daily if you can, at least every other day. Don’t get comfortable. You could lose clients at any time, at no fault of your own.
- Carry electronics with you everywhere. Keep a phone or tablet with you so you can respond to inquiries quickly. People won’t want to wait till the end of the day. You have to be ready to answer any communication immediately.
- Meet deadlines. Life happens, but you need to try to meet deadlines so you get good feedback and a good reputation. The individual that hired you is counting on your work. Take it seriously or you won’t last long as a freelancer.
- Use social media. You can gain clients on social media if you post that you are for hire and use appropriate hashtags. Don’t waste time with a personal profile if you can help it. Focus on your business.
- Don’t put your eggs in one basket, and save money when it’s coming in. The freelance marketplace can be feast or famine at times. Be ready for that.
With these steps, you will earn more money freelancing. You’ll put out better work and score clients from word of mouth. You’ll be able to have more time to yourself and family. After all, isn’t that what freelancing is about? You’ll soon be creating an empire with your freelance business.
Are you an entrepreneur or freelancer? You are probably working really hard to make the most of your business. This can mean really long days, stress, and not much time to recharge. You might think if you don’t work constantly your business won’t get ahead. However, if you don’t take care of yourself, you will be functioning poorly and not doing your best work. It is very important to find a work-life balance. So what should you be doing?
- Enjoy time off. You need to have at least one day off a week. And you need to be fitting some rest into your schedule. You can’t just work continually and never stop.
- Take naps. Sleep is not the enemy. It helps you recharge and be at your best. Make sure you have a good mattress for restful sleep.
- And not just about business, for pleasure too. It will keep your brain sharp.
- Take mental health days, when you need them. It happens and is necessary.
- Have a Netflix marathon, which is always enjoyable. Something light and funny always helps relax you and put you in a good mood.
- Listen to music. Even while getting work done, listen to something in the background. You might laugh but new age music is good for this. Think Enya.
- Go for a drive. Sometimes you will get an “aha” moment while driving. This could be good for your business!
- Listen to an awesome podcast. You might learn something new, either for business or personal growth.
- Go to the gym. Make sure you stay in shape. You might spend a lot of time sitting and this can make it easy to gain weight. Try to eat healthy, too.
- Do chores. Not the most fun thing to do, but a dirty house is not conducive to learning, growth, and ultimately business success. If you really can’t do them and can afford it, pay someone to clean for you.
- Find a way to enjoy things you have to do. If you can’t, outsource them. Then you don’t even really have to think about the trivial stuff anymore.
- Spend time with family. Do not neglect this area of your life. Family is important. Get rid of distractions that take away from this.
- Utilize your support network. Communication is key. If you are stressed out, talk about it. Even consider getting a therapist. It doesn’t make you “crazy” (such an awful word), anyone can benefit from therapy.
With these tips, you’ll be taking better care of yourself. This translates to better business and ultimately more money. Work-life balance can be hard, but it’s important to take care of yourself. It is easy when you are passionate about your business it’s easy to work long hours and get sucked into working all the time. But really most of us became entrepreneurs to have more freedom and time. So it is necessary to remember why you got into business in the first place, and take care of yourself.
You just clocked out of your 9-5. Another day is over. You’re exhausted. But that’s the way it’s supposed to be, right? You work hard, pay your dues, and maybe someday get a promotion. That’s what we are taught from a very young age. But maybe it doesn’t have to be like that. Maybe you should quit working so hard for small goals, like that 3% raise or junior management. Maybe you could have bigger goals and see the big picture of your life. Maybe you could have a flexible schedule and do something you love, from home. How would you go about doing that you ask? Here are some things to consider:
- Look at past career experiences. What are you good at? Can you write, draw, do web design?
- Determine your values. What do you care about? What is most important to you about being in business.
- Work toward your own goals. Could you be your own boss? Where could this go? Do you want to travel or provide for your family?
- What is your mission? How will you leave your mark on the world? How could you make the world a better place?
- Think broadly. If you could do anything, what would you do? (Hint: You can do anything you want. Seriously.)
- Let your mind wander. What do you want out of life? Do you want to be more comfortable financially, have a more flexible schedule?
- What are your favorite skills? What are you not only good at but enjoy? Do you like to train, write, blog, design, etc?
- Determine your ideal work day. Do you want to work with others or is going solo for you? Could you take breaks in between tasks? Are you a night owl? Do you want to work in your pajamas?
- Refine your vision. Bring all these things together. What do you see? Could you make all this reality? You probably can if you dedicate yourself and decide to go into business.
With these steps, you can figure out how to get success on your own terms. You can work smarter not harder. You don’t have to work so hard when you do business your way. There is so much information on the internet today and businesses you can start from home with little to no investment beyond a basic website. Make up a portfolio and start marketing yourself. Most people can write or start a blog. Perhaps you enjoy social media. Can you do web design? Do you want to earn from home? Are you thinking what i am thinking? Perhaps a freelancing website would do… get what I mean? These are all things to think about. Start today, the rest of your life is waiting.