When it comes to starting your career as a freelancer, you may run into a problem. The biggest problem people face is simply coming up with a diverse array of ideas to get moving forward with making money. Sure, you could be good at something grand, but if there is no need in the marketplace for that, you will be without work, and have to figure out how to make ends meet. If you find yourself in a difficult situation, and you’re looking for ideas to make it 100% independent of a 9 to 5, than make sure that you consider a few things that may help invigorate your path as a freelancer.
Make a List – Get out a piece of paper, archaic as it sounds, and start to write down what your strengths are as a professional. If you’re good at writing, design, drawing, whatever it is that you think is a marketable attribute in your toolbox, of sorts, make sure that you write it down. The more ideas you write down, the better chances you have of making it in the real world.
Narrow Things Down – After you’ve made your list, take time to narrow things down. Narrow them down to a point where you have only a few ideas of what your role will be in any freelance gig. For instance, if you want to start building websites, create a framework that will allow you to post ads, pass out flyers and market yourself as a designer or developer. Do not list everything you can do, and post that as a standalone gig, you will not succeed as a “jack of all trade” type, most often.
Do Simple Things – If you are a master craftsman, you may want to do great things, but you will need to settle for simple ideas here and there. For instance, if you’re a web developer and want to build large scale sites, you may have to settle for a WordPress installation here and there to make ends meet. Don’t be afraid to accept small gigs, they pay. Build towards the future and consider each opportunity a chance to succeed.
The above options are just a few things that you should think about when you aren’t sure what to do as a freelancer. There are a lot of routes to financial independence without having to enter the 9 to 5 world, it’s just a matter of sitting down and contemplating things on a larger scale.