A few days ago, here in my blog I spoke of the disadvantages of being a freelancer and not long after I wrote an article about the advantages of being.
In reality, and independently of these two factors, as a Freelancer requires among many things, a high self-discipline and rigor equally severe.
Today I want to write some suggestions and ideas for those who want to become a freelancer online, but also for all those who want to work for himself or live on the internet, for example.
I work for own account for some years, and just as freelancers not. Some of these ideas are of course certain basic points in the life of a freelancer, but others either. Especially when you think life freelancer means having time for everything, work and earn very little. It ‘obvious that this idea is completely wrong. Actually I think it is exactly the opposite.
1 – you can focus on what really interests
For all those freelancers who work in areas such as web design, programming, content writing, photography, journalism, etc … an extremely important factor is to focus on what is actually interested in what really has value.
Accept all types of work will give rise to two major problems: the first is that there starete compromising with many customers at the same time, the second is the fact that probably will not be able to follow everything, present works of lesser quality, and at the same time accepting low value, which occupy much time to make small gains.
If your talent is to make blogs, design blogs or blog program, and then … you are just that.
2 – Sense of weak business
There are, in my humble opinion, two types of freelancers: those who have great knowledge, and those are great managers / entrepreneurs. The latter, in fact, use their sense for business to dominate the market and customers. As both good and a freelancer can be, if nobody knows or contracted, will very shortly their level of knowledge.
Try to learn a little more about business management and commercial, and discover how to attract your customers first and foremost, accept proposals to deliver value to their work, you do work 40 hours settiminali and gudagnare much money, that working piuttsoto 80 still gaining.
3 – And all a question of numbers, right?
One of the major problems that many people in living as freelancer, is the fact to be questions about many things, including: “pay as my health insurance?”, “Como pay the state?”, “As my compiler tax return? “, etc, etc ….
In reality, all a question of numbers and management. Make some phone call, to know the answers to these questions, developed an Excel file and defined your budget to pay the fixed costs and living with a certain serenity. The answer probably is not as black as the imagined.
4 – Few customers, but good!
The big key to freelancing is certainly in customers and relationships that you can create with themselves. Your good customers, are the gateway to stability and to continue the development of the project. Strive to create a quality report with your key customers.
The idea is not to prevent new customers, and work well with those who have and take advantage of free time to take on new jobs and new customers.
5 – The customer is not always right, it is true!
The Freelancing has a great advantage, which is being yourselves to decide with whom to work. If at times the client A is that there is pagnado accounts in the future may not be. If your experience with the customer to degrade and come to the conclusion that the money is not paying enough to bear the pressure, change customer. It ‘simple.
6 – Time is money. Make a management plan.
One of the problems that many freelancers warn, is the fact that they had no self-discipline. Working at home is proprizio to relax, to pause, stop to drink coffee, or stop in to browse some nice site that you have met, etc, etc. .. The distractions are many, it is true that becomes necessary to have a great self-control.
Make your lifestyle something equal to what would work for others. Start working at XX, you break from XX to XX and returned to work from XX to XX. Defined working hours, otherwise they actually produce less, and this will be reflected in earnings at the end of the year, or during the summer, when you need more money for a few weeks’ leave and you’re with ‘ car insurance to pay ….
7 – The need “unnecessary”
When you work at home, there are actually many factors that have little interest, especially if not out of the house. The cards are one of these for example. I still do not have business cards, and in fact I have not ever had bosogno to do what I needed.
The same thing applies with other computers, secretaries, printers, software and other products that do not have to buy, at least until they are needed.
Sometimes quano a freelancer started in the freelancing market, it tends to buy things that in reality does not need. Keep your money on things really matter.
8 – Friends, family and contacts.
Sometimes the life of the freelancer is ungrateful. The deal is not going as expected, money that comes in the competitor is weak and difficulties increased. Do not forget, however, that you could get help from contacts and new friends that you have facts, which certainly will see the value in you and what you are doing and will be ready to help.
Even if not, you always have your family and friends of all time, in support during the most difficult and complicated. The life of the freelancer is easier than you actually s’immagina, and gives an enormous pleasure.
The big key succcesso a freelancer, is their level of optimism! Be optimistic and live your life and your work with great pleasure and a great desire to do more and better! The results come after, with all the satisfaction possible ….
These are just some basic points and ideas that I consider very important for those who want to be a freelancer, or the same for those who already is. One of the big problems is that there are always behind you, big distractions, MSN, E-mails, Web pages, telephones, Skype, television and everything else. It ‘important to define priorities, and defining moments mainly dedicated to work and those for the joke.
If by chance you can enter the market as a freelancer, does not think twice, do it!