Making money freelancing is a great way to earn a nice income from home. Freelancing dives into the world of contract labor, where you, the freelancer, can get paid to do just about anything you’re skilled at, from graphic design to social media management. Keep reading to learn how you can make money freelancing and work from home.
Getting Started Freelancing
The first thing you have to ask yourself is: “What am I good at?” If you’re working a 9 to 5, start with your job skills. What are you an expert in? What are your hobbies? Your passions?
Take an accounting of your skillset and once you’re ready, you can start work with clients.
Here is a list of some freelance skills you might have:
- Designing logos
- Creating Facebook covers
- Creating Pinterest pins
- Managing social media accounts
- Consulting businesses
- Making and/or designing websites
- Transcription work
- Making videos
- Writing songs
This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you want more inspiration, head to this site and look at their job categories. You’ll find tons of freelance jobs to help broaden your search as to what YOU can be doing as a freelancer.
So, what’s so great about freelancing anyway?
Back when I worked a 9 to 5, I worked with contractors (freelance). I thought salaried jobs were so much better. Benefits, more pay, more stability. This is all true but freelancing holds some major benefits:
Job freedom: You can work anywhere in the world. From your home office, from a coffee shop, from a lounge chair on a beach in Mexico. As long as you have access to Internet, you have freedom!
Income freedom: Freelancers can actually make A LOT MORE than salaried employees. Consider this. If you were a graphic designer for a company, you might earn $50K per year. With your benefits and perks, this could balloon to $65K/year. If you were a freelancer, you could secure one client for $15K/year or 10 clients for $150K/year. If you outsource, you could get even more clients and make even more money. Eye opening, huh.
Fun and diverse projects: You get to pick what you want to work on. You can do short term or long term projects or both.
Not to mention, you’ll be self-employed, so all the perks that come with that, like having the flexibilty to take vacation any time you want, no more checking with the boss for doctor’s appointments, no micromanaging from a supervisor, no more traffic!
Once you’ve honed in on your skills, it’s time to get clients. If you are starting out, I recommend this site below:
This is Upwork. It’s a hub for clients and freelancers to connect and complete jobs. You can browse available jobs and pitch clients. If the client wants to work with you, they will start a job and work will begin. Upwork acts as an intermediary between you and the client so when you get paid, Upwork holds the payment in escrow and releases payment once agreed between you and client.
It’s a really excellent system. You will have star ratings and reviews, and you can view these ratings for clients too. The job search tool is very comprehensive and has some excellent filters to help you narrow your job search from budget, timeline, experience level of the client and more. You will love it!
You can also get clients through your own website. You can create a simple website, collect leads and follow up. Click here to read my comprehensive guide to launching a successful blog.
Step 1.) Pick a business name and domain name: Like Jenny’s Copywriting at jennyscopywriting.com
Step 2.) Grab hosting: Go to Bluehost. They have the best deals and you can get monthly hosting starting at $2.95/month with a bunch of perks included (including free domain name)
Step 3.) Set up your site: Use Bluehost’s 1-Click WordPress install to add WordPress, then start building your site. You can create an email or page capture for clients who are interested to fill out their info. Then you just follow up with them by email or phone. Easy.
Another way of grabbing clients? Paid ads. Set up Facebook ads to get leads. Then just follow up with them. This is actually a really effective way to get clients and it can be pretty cheap.
Managing Your Workload
This is the easiest part. Once you have your clients, you wanna make sure to manage it all well. Get organized, create a calendar, write things down. As you get busier, consider hiring a virtual assistant for help. It’ll be the best investment you make.
So you see, freelancing is within reach. It’s a great form of income, can be quite stable and allow you to work from home with so much freedom. My story? I’ve been freelancing on the side for a few years now. It’s not my primary job because I blog full time, consult, teach courses and run other businesses. For me, freelancing is a way to keep my skills fresh, connect with clients, network, and earn a nice side income.