Freelancing can be an attractive alternative to a 9-5 job, giving you more freedom to choose the type of work you want to do and more flexibility in terms of where and when you work.You can work from home in your pajamas and decide how much work you want to take on and what to charge. There’s also no boss telling you what you can and can’t do.
On the other hand, working as a freelancer also has its own challenges. There are no regular hours or clear distinctions between the office and your home. There’s no steady paycheck coming in, and no benefits you can get. The lack of structure and the isolation as you work by yourself can also be difficult to get used to.
Here are a few steps to help you leave your job and become a full-time freelancer while managing both the fears and money concerns on the one hand and the practical side of running your own business on the other.
1. Know your commitments
First, take a look at all your commitments and liabilities. Most workers with a monthly salary don’t usually sit down to make a budget, but if you’re prepared to make the jump into freelancing, you will need to at least have a basic budget in place. Make a list of everything you need to pay off, like house and car loans, insurance, food, etc, and then realize you need to bring in that and more each month to succeed. Having a simple spreadsheet can help you immensely in this task.
2. Identify your services
As a freelancer, you should know what you can offer. Getting clear on the services you can offer will make you more sought after when you tell your clients what you can do for them. Once you have the big picture, make sure to ask yourself a few questions to get you in the right frame of mind:
Sure, you may be working on plenty of different projects, but as a freelancer, it is more efficient to be focused on your skills and your passion. Finding a niche helps you become more focused. Plus, using a platform like Rtist can help you find your ideal clients and help you achieve your goal more effectively.
3. Discipline is key
When you’re working for yourself, your results will be directly linked to the effort you put in. Sure, there is a lot of appeal in the freedom and flexibility of freelancing, but there is also a chance that you might go overboard and be too free and too relaxed to work properly. The key to this is to be able to have discipline and structure as you take consistent action not just on your client work, but also in finding new clients. Sticking to a regular routine of working on your priorities every day will help you make progress and not feel overwhelmed with everything that needs doing.
Also, you have to remember that your health and mental wellbeing are important as well, so remember to take breaks and time off as well.
4. Establish your online presence
Freelancing means that you have to constantly market and sell yourself and your products. As such, you need to be focused on building awareness of your brand, and let people know that you exist and are very good at what you do.
In this day and age, having an online presence is very important. Your online platform will help to establish your credibility, showcase your work and grow your network. Create a website, a Facbook page, Instagram account and constantly update your existing work onto these platforms. For example, if you're a designer, a portfolio is very important for you to showcase your work, while a writing portfolio is essential for copywriters.
Of course, there are also plenty of freelancing websites available to ease the job hunt. Platforms like these will help you showcase your portfolio and attract new clients. At Rtist, we encourage our talents to build their own portfolio so that potential clients can easily find them. We usually match the right clients and talents together for a better working
Are you ready for the jump?
With all the steps listed above, it is absolutely possible for you to find success in freelancing. If you have a clear roadmap of your journey ahead, you should be able to ease into the world of freelancing even better. Today, more and more people are choosing to become full-time freelancers. Are you going to join them?
Register and sign up to be an Rtist member and get your journey started: https://www.rtist.com.my/RegisterAs.aspx