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Five things to consider before becoming a freelancer

When many people think of freelancing, they think of lazing around the house and not getting out of bed till noon. The truth is, it’s nothing like that. Sure, you’re able to set your own hours but if you want to be successful or even pay your bills, you’ve got to be dedicated, committed and you’ve got to work your ass off.

Before leaping into the world of freelancing ask yourself these five questions. 

1. Do you have the skills needed to start freelancing on your own?

There are a number of great areas that one can freelance in. Website design, copy-writing, editing, graphic design etc but there are just as many individuals out there making it happen. Decide what your niche is going to be and then consider what makes you unique. What is your unique value that is going to make someone hire you over someone else.

2. Do you have the necessary networks?

It’s often said that it’s more about who you know than what you know. When you’re freelancing, you definitely need to know what you’re doing and have the skills to match but you also need a network of people who can hire you. Could your current employer become your first client once you leave full-time employment? Could they maybe refer you to someone else in need of your services?

3. Have you got a plan?

Go into your freelancing “business” with a plan of action. Don’t expect to just be able to wing it. Know who you are targeting, where you will find clients and how much you will charge for what services. Be prepared to offer free or discounted services to build up a portfolio but don’t undersell yourself if you have the necessary requirements and experience. Value yourself and build a solid plan around that value.

4. Are you ready to put your plan into action?

Once you’ve decided that freelancing is the way forward for you, make sure you don’t sell yourself short or set yourself up for failure. Make sure you are committed to your plan and that you know what direction to head in. Get your personal brand set up and develop various marketing materials around that. Have a brand ready to show to prospective clients. It’s much easier to trust someone who seems to have it all planned out and ready for action than someone who is getting around to it.

5. Are you prepared to work alone for long periods of time and hold yourself accountable?

You need to be prepared to be alone. A lot. There is going to be no one to hold you accountable and make sure that you actually get the work done on time. You need to be great at managing your time and planning your schedule because it will be really easy to just laze around in the morning and then find yourself short on time to get what matters done.

You also need to be okay with the solitude which can be very lonely. There isn’t someone in the next room or at the next desk to bounce your ideas off. You are going to have to figure out a lot on your own.


If your answer to the above questions is YES YES YESSSSS then what are you waiting for? Get out there and go MAKE IT HAPPEN!! 

You need to make sure you’ve got all your ducks in a row before you set off in this direction. You need to be sure that you can financially support yourself while your freelancing business takes off and that you have a good service and the skills to market yourself well.

If you’re anything like me – freelancing, while extremely challenging is extremely rewarding because that feeling of satisfaction that comes with knowing you’re doing this for yourself is what really makes it worth it.

If you’re still not too certain then here’s an interesting review of a freelancing book that was recently discussed on Cape Talk Radio:

Gateways Business Consultants MD Ian Mann reviewed “The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle” by authors Steve Slaunwhite, Pete Savage and Ed Gandia.

Do you freelance? Full time or part-time? Are you planning to in the future? What do you think was the most influential in deciding to go solo? I’d love to hear your comments. 

Jonelle |Tyranny of Pink

10 thoughts on “Five things to consider before becoming a freelancer”

  1. Because... I'm cheap

    I would love to freelance. Though to be honest, I’m not sure exactly what I’d do. So I blog, for now anyways. Someday maybe more. But for now, it’s good to be networking and learning.

    1. Jennifer, you’d have to look at your skills and match them with what you love. If you’re blogging, writing is always an option! There are lots of freelancing sites out there that need writers? It is great to just be able to write for fun though – it’s definitely not the same as a paid freelance job.

  2. Hi Jonelle, There are so many variables to freelancing, and you’ve laid out great points for anyone who’s considering taking it on. I think a lot of people only think about the positive when working for themselves, but you have to work twice as hard when you’re working for yourself. And working from home can really be a challenging if you’re not good at managing your time. Great post!

    1. Hi Monica, thanks for your comment. I completely agree! My husband and I both work from home and while I am great at staying motivated, he needs constant reminding – lucky he only works part time at home. It’s really not for everyone and the risks involved are also pretty high. The lack of guaranteed income easily puts you off when you have a bad month. I wouldn’t trade it though 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Such a great post! I built up a lot of clients and work before I took the leap to freelance, so that helped. But, having a network of people around to send me referrals has been HUGE for my business. I work with people everywhere, but I especially love my local clients 🙂

    1. Thanks Jess! I think a lot of people underestimate how useful using your contacts can be. You’ve got to be brave enough to offer your services to EVERYONE and ANYONE that you know or even that your mom’s cousin once dated 😛 You’re especially lucky to not be limited to an area. Isn’t the digital age wonderful!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. tiarashaeharpersblock

    These are really important things to consider. Especially the working alone by yourself tip; You have to do a lot of tedious double and triple checking (especially if you plan on charging a high dollar amount for services) making it a very long and sometimes lonely process. Learning from experience now. Thank you for sharing, Jonelle!

    1. Thanks so much for the comment. I agree, the being alone part is definitely challenging. I work MUCH longer hours now that I do it for myself but the rewards are definitely worth it when you know you’re doing it for yourself!

      Thanks for reading!

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