Becoming a freelancer is a very big decision. It is a profession that is full of pitfalls and false starts. The first thing you do is a freelance discovery mission. This will involve sifting through all of the available online offerings to see which site will fit with your working style. The most frightening part of being a freelancer is that you are completely on your own.
Most people are used to a steady paycheck, of other lining up the work and just performing. Part of journey in freelance is the discovery that you have to do it al, there is no one to fall back on and no one to blame if you fail. Only a real self starter can ever hope to succeed and make a real living as a freelancer
With this in mind here are a few tips that can help you along the way.
- Freelance discovery mode is about more than just finding a site, it is also about finding out what you want to do. The most successful freelancers have a niche that they cater to. Look around the website to see what types of articles are being requested. Find something that you know about. It is almost like the career coach’s advice. List five things you are good at and love to do, then find a way to make a living from doing that. Writing is the same way you get jobs based on your knowledge of a subject and your ability to write well.
- You can’t learn to swim if you never get wet. In other words, jump in and start bidding. I would however suggest that you pick a few topics and build a small portfolio to use as proofs. There are many places to get experience in online writing. Start with sites like Yahoo Voices and Yahoo Contributors Network or even Associated content. You write, post and the article circulates, if you are any good you will get a buyer.
- Final part of the freelance discovery process is to set goals. Set them daily, weekly and monthly at first. Goals can include how many articles you will write per day and move up to writing a piece that you want to send to a magazine for consideration.
Becoming a successful freelancer is hard work but when you start to receive email requesting your services the feeling can’t be beat.