Doing anything new takes courage and requires commitment and getting started in freelancing is no different. That said, if you’re keen to secure your financial future, freelancing truly is a great way to do it. Not only will it allow you to experience being self-employed without having to invest in stock, equipment or premises, but it’s something you can do in your spare time at the start, allowing you to really test the water.
If you fancy getting started on the freelance ladder but are hesitating, you need to stop and ask yourself why?
Why have you not taken the step to securing your financial future before now? Why are you not prepared to commit to the notion of freelancing as a great way to get your first foot on the ladder? Why have you not yet taken the plunge?
When it comes to taking the plunge, first of all you need to identify what you have to gain from giving freelancing a go and write it down. Marc will be the first to tell you that goals that are written down or said out loud are way more likely to be achieved than goals that stay locked up inside your head. I know also, when I decided to change my life with a view of living the dream, the downsides were enormous, but only by focusing on the upside was I able to get to where I am today. You can do the same.
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Have a good dig around the freelancing sites and get comfortable with them and then realistically work out how much time you can devote to freelancing on a daily basis. Then work out how many days a week you can devote to freelancing and then you’ll be able to start to see the income potential on a monthly basis. Be realistic here though, there’s no point in setting inaccessible goals, particularly at the start. If you think you can spend 3 or 4 hours a day, 3 days a week, that comes out at somewhere between 9 and 12 hours at anything up to £50 per hour. You don’t need me to do that maths, that is one great incentive.
Once you’ve got your goal set, it’s time to figure out what might stop you from achieving it. You’ll have stuff like family pressures, work pressures, social pressures and even sport to manage if you’re going to make this work. If you identify all the possible barriers before you start, you’ll be much better able to deal with them as they raise their ugly heads. I know for me, living in a new country and trying to set up a business was a real challenge – I just wanted to be out and about living the dream all the time. That said, I also knew if I did that, my stay would be short-lived, like so many other expats. That’s why I got my head down and got focused.
Once you’ve got your “goal” and your “barriers” list, then it’s time to drill down on the detail. At this stage you can let your imagination run riot. Imagine how you’ll feel when you’ve got your freelance package established and you’re rolling it out to happy clients. Imagine how you’ll feel when you’re preparing your first invoice. Imagine how you’ll feel when you’ve banked enough income to really start making a difference; irrespective of whether that means paying some debt off; having the deposit for a new car or financing a holiday: this sort of income will make a real difference to your life.
If you’re hesitating, today’s the day to take the plunge. Focus first on what you have to gain; address the things that’ll be difficult and then get your eye on the end result. If you want to do it, you can.