Things to Consider Before Becoming a Freelancer

DGStaff

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There are many things to keep in mind before becoming a freelance professional. Becoming a freelancer takes a lot of commitment so you need to be willing to do the work if you want to be successful. Here are some things that you need to keep in mind when you want to become a freelancer.

Do You Know the Basics

Are you aware of the basics of becoming a freelance professional? Are you aware of things like how you will get paid and what to do if you don't get paid? You need to be well versed in everything that goes along with being a freelancer so you do not get taken advantage of by unethical clients.

Do You Need a Regular Paycheck

If you need a regular paycheck then freelancing might not be for you. If you are ok with working from project to project and maybe even going through a period where your earnings dropped then you are likely ready for a career as a freelancer; Most freelancers are considered part-time or less than part-time.

Are You Organized

Are you able to stay organized with the tasks that you need to do while you are working? You need to be highly organized to be a successful freelancer so if you find you get behind easily this is not a road for you to take. However, if you are a professional about staying organized then you should be able to do well for yourself as a freelance professional.

Can You Deal With Clients

Are you going to be able to deal with clients, especially unhappy ones? You need to be able to have a great relationship with your clients no matter what mood they happen to be in. If you do not like working directly with clients you need to look for another line of work and rest assured, you will often run into unhappy people.

These are just a few of the factors that you need to consider before becoming a freelancer; Educating yourself is the best thing that you can do if you really wish to become a freelance professional.
 

Kieranlewix

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#2
There are many things to keep in mind before becoming a freelance professional. Becoming a freelancer takes a lot of commitment so you need to be willing to do the work if you want to be successful. Here are some things that you need to keep in mind when you want to become a freelancer.

Do You Know the Basics

Are you aware of the basics of becoming a freelance professional? Are you aware of things like how you will get paid and what to do if you don't get paid? You need to be well versed in everything that goes along with being a freelancer so you do not get taken advantage of by unethical clients.

Do You Need a Regular Paycheck

If you need a regular paycheck then freelancing might not be for you. If you are ok with working from project to project and maybe even going through a period where your earnings dropped then you are likely ready for a career as a freelancer; Most freelancers are considered part-time or less than part-time.

Are You Organized

Are you able to stay organized with the tasks that you need to do while you are working? You need to be highly organized to be a successful freelancer so if you find you get behind easily this is not a road for you to take. However, if you are a professional about staying organized then you should be able to do well for yourself as a freelance professional.

Can You Deal With Clients

Are you going to be able to deal with clients, especially unhappy ones? You need to be able to have a great relationship with your clients no matter what mood they happen to be in. If you do not like working directly with clients you need to look for another line of work and rest assured, you will often run into unhappy people.

These are just a few of the factors that you need to consider before becoming a freelancer; Educating yourself is the best thing that you can do if you really wish to become a freelance professional.
Freelancing is the opposite of having an employer. With freelancing, you are your own boss and as much as you may love the sound of that, it is not as glamorous. All the supervision you experience with being an employee is absent when you are a freelancer. If timekeeping is impossible for you, then as you have said @DGStaff, freelancing is not the best option.

One important step before becoming a freelancer is gaining experience and building a good resume. This is not possible if you have not identified the niche you want to get into. It is paramount to take your time to choose wisely or else you may find yourself quitting and then the whole experience will be a waste of time. After gaining experience and polishing up your skills, then by all means, take up freelancing.
 

Heatman

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If one lacks the skill and ability to deal with a client even when such client is the annoying type, then there is no need for that person to ever want to become a freelancer. The reason why I said this is because, the clients are the reason for the existence of your job as a freelancer, take them away and your job is done and over.
 

Hova

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As a freelancer quitting should NEVER be an option no matter what. Dealing with even the most difficult clients should never knock you off your game. Make sure your client feels valued and the best way to do this is to keep checking up on your clients and make sure everything is in place and up to date.
 

Heatman

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As a freelancer quitting should NEVER be an option no matter what. Dealing with even the most difficult clients should never knock you off your game. Make sure your client feels valued and the best way to do this is to keep checking up on your clients and make sure everything is in place and up to date.
Quitting is for actual losers, if you are looking up at succeeding as a freelancer, then you should keep quitting far away from your mind. Even before this, anyone who wishes to become a freelancer must have it in mind that it's not a get rich quick project. It takes time, hard work, determination, dedication and persistence to succeed as a freelancer.
 

DGStaff

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Freelancing is the opposite of having an employer. With freelancing, you are your own boss and as much as you may love the sound of that, it is not as glamorous. All the supervision you experience with being an employee is absent when you are a freelancer. If timekeeping is impossible for you, then as you have said @DGStaff, freelancing is not the best option.

One important step before becoming a freelancer is gaining experience and building a good resume. This is not possible if you have not identified the niche you want to get into. It is paramount to take your time to choose wisely or else you may find yourself quitting and then the whole experience will be a waste of time. After gaining experience and polishing up your skills, then by all means, take up freelancing.
Freelancing can have a big disadvantage, like, no health benefits, no insurance, and having to deal with constant distractions around you all day while you are trying to work such as crying kids, crying girlfriend/wife, so while the term "freelance" seems appealing; The grass may not be greener on the other side.
 

Kieranlewix

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Freelancing can have a big disadvantage, like, no health benefits, no insurance, and having to deal with constant distractions around you all day while you are trying to work such as crying kids, crying girlfriend/wife, so while the term "freelance" seems appealing; The grass may not be greener on the other side.
To become a freelancer, it is important to accept that all these external factors will be full time too. When you have a day job, the break from family is relieving but after becoming a freelancer, you get no breaks. In a way, working around family is great too because seeing the reason you are freelancing in the first place will motivate you to do better. The loss of privileges like insurance, health benefits and allowances is painful though. I guess it's just up to the freelancer to decide if his online job is worth it.
 

KellyGeo

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Some people think that dealing with other people or clients is an easy thing to do but they are so wrong because when you get to serve the public, you will get a better idea of how indifferent some think and how difficult it's going to be for you to be mange. This is a very important thing to consider before looking at becoming a freelancer.
 

Hova

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You have got to have that boss mentality if you want to get into the freelance business. No one is in charge of you which means there is no one to remind you that you are supposed to be working at a certain time. To do this you have to come up with a consistent schedule that clearly indicate your regular work hours so that you can differentiate between work and free hours which you can use to do your own personal stuff.
This also means that you will need to plan ahead on how you are going to get new clients before you are done with the projects that you are currently working on.
 

KellyGeo

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You have got to have that boss mentality if you want to get into the freelance business. No one is in charge of you which means there is no one to remind you that you are supposed to be working at a certain time. To do this you have to come up with a consistent schedule that clearly indicate your regular work hours so that you can differentiate between work and free hours which you can use to do your own personal stuff.
This also means that you will need to plan ahead on how you are going to get new clients before you are done with the projects that you are currently working on.
Yes, it's absolutely you are very correct about this. Being a freelancer means that you get to be the one to decide what you want to do and when you want it done. It's more like being your own boss. This comes as an advantage at first but lots of distraction can hinder how you work and make progress. So therefore, it's paramount to map out a schedule on how to work and stick by it.
 

Hova

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I just remembered something that new affiliates should know before deciding to become affiliate marketers. It is a lonely job and sometimes you can get that feeling of stagnation. It wise that you don't let this get you down, make an effort of finding a working space somewhere outside and go there every day.
 

KellyGeo

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I just remembered something that new affiliates should know before deciding to become affiliate marketers. It is a lonely job and sometimes you can get that feeling of stagnation. It wise that you don't let this get you down, make an effort of finding a working space somewhere outside and go there every day.
You should put distractions into consideration when looking at getting outside the house to carryout your affiliate marketing jobs. I do agree with you that sometimes we need some kind of break but it would be best to schedule your work time and once you are done, you can engage in outdoor activities and cool off from being cooked indoors.
 

Hova

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#13
The other thing that I wanted to mention is to always remember to keep things professional. The clients are not your friends. You might get clients that don't pay in time but this doesn't mean that you treat them any different. All you need to do is make them understand that you are also running a business.
 

DGStaff

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To become a freelancer, it is important to accept that all these external factors will be full time too. When you have a day job, the break from family is relieving but after becoming a freelancer, you get no breaks. In a way, working around family is great too because seeing the reason you are freelancing in the first place will motivate you to do better. The loss of privileges like insurance, health benefits and allowances is painful though. I guess it's just up to the freelancer to decide if his online job is worth it.
I would advise that you keep your day job, at least until you can fully assess exactly how being a freelancer is going to work for you, so if your freelancing gig does not pay more then your job, or the benefits you have through your job, then you may just want to keep your day job, and simply do freelance work on the side, and you will be able to sleep at night because you know you will still have health benefits from your job, and the only person that can decide what is best is the freelancer since this person will know if it is the right time to give up their day job or keep working.
 
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