Is Freelancing for You?
1. Don’t underestimate your current skills.
When crafting your resume think outside the box and add hobbies or interests along with your work history. For example, you may have a great eye and love photography, enhance your profile by adding some of your work. You just might find the right gig!
2. The moment you become uncomfortable is the moment you start to grow.
3. Word-of-mouth, on its own, is not a marketing strategy.
Don't be shy, get the word out and use social media! Including LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+ in your job search and marketing strategy can only help you in finding new clients.
A lot of freelancers will network on sites like LinkedIn and send messages to potential clients or fellow freelancers. There's power in numbers and you never know who might know of gig that would be exactly what you want!
4. “…people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” — Leonardo da Vinci
5. A little inspiration can go a long way. In many cases, one simple idea can change the way you think about, approach, and build your business.
6. The first step...Put yourself out there.
You never know if you'll like something unless you try it. It's what I tell my kids when I've prepared a dinner that they haven't eaten before. It may look funny, but one bite might prove that it's better than you thought.
Not sure where to find clients? Don't worry, there are tons of resources...aside from Guru.com, Upwork (which we LOVE), Freelancer.com and Fiverr.com, you can search normal job boards like Indeed.com and even Craigslist.com. I use Upwork exclusively because of the protection it provides for both the client and the freelancer.
Having a contract or an agreement between parties for gigs that are not found using a service is a really, REALLY good idea. Always protect yourself from scammers. They are out there, even on the best platforms.
7. Masters do not do 4,000 things. They do a few things 4,000 times.
Less (services) are more (money). Focus on a few core services, and then get really good at these services until you become great at them. Freelancers who are great at a few services always out-compete (charge more money and attract better opportunities) than those who are good at a lot of services.
8. “Success is doing what you want, where you want, when you want and with whom you want, as much as you want.” — Tony Robbins
Don’t measure success by how much money you make, or how many clients you have. Measure success by how much day-to-day freedom you have to do what you want to do in and outside of your business.
9. Failure is just feedback.
If you’re failing, it means you’re trying. If you’re trying, it means you’re giving yourself more opportunities to succeed. If you’re giving yourself more opportunities to succeed, it’s only a matter of time before you will succeed.