A freelance career is a great idea to self-employment. Successful freelancing requires passion, commitment and having the entrepreneurial ability. You can quit your job to become a freelancer or do it part-time. The joy of working on your own and with clients you like is a worthy risk to take. If you’re planning to take the plunge to become a freelancer, here are 5 steps to kick-starting your freelancing career.

Have a vision

Your mind, thoughts, skills and perhaps hobbies are key ingredients to begin a freelancing career. There’s no need to keep negative thoughts. Avoiding the imposter syndrome requires getting into freelancing and proving that it works for you. Beginning freelancing is like any other business that requires a plan, a strategy reinforced by a strong vision.

Ensure to ask yourself why you are taking up freelancing, what value you offer to customers and the best way to do it. This is key to getting a clear mental picture of your career and the best to achieve financial freedom through freelancing.

Plan your operation

Ensure to plan how you are to conduct your business. What is the most favorable period to do your work? If you have a daytime job, then you can do your freelancing gigs at night. However, if you are a full-time freelance, there are periods where you are most productive.

If you have kids, the most favorable time is when they are sleeping. Some people prefer doing the research bit during the day and the rest of the work in the evening. Other people prefer working in the wee hours of the morning. Ensure to pick a work schedule that works for you. Most important is to stick to the client’s turnaround time.

Market your business

Every business requires marketing. When starting a freelancing career, the effort you put in to let people know what you can do determines how fast you get clients. This is very important and varies with marketing strategy and material used. You will need to know where to find customers and continuously assess your environment as new customers come up from various channels.

Even when customers don’t come as early as you expected, consider changing your marketing strategy but not to give up. The fruits from your efforts will come sooner, rather than later. List what you can do on all your social media profiles. Additionally, consider printing some business cards to give family and friends to pass word around about your business. Your best salesman is yourself, network and tell people about what you do.

Alternatively, there are various websites where you can create a profile to showcase your skills and services. These include Upwork.com, People per hour.com, Guru.com, and Freelancer.com. These might help you get clients to as you build your freelancing career.

Make a portfolio

Customers expect to see samples of your work. Don’t get worried because you are a newbie. Consider doing some samples in your free time. Alternatively, consider doing some voluntary work in exchange for testimonials. This will give you pieces to portray in your portfolio.

Regular practice hones your skill. Therefore, you can even work for clients who hire newbies though these usually don’t offer average market rates. The work you do for them will work as samples when you get better-paying clients.

Consider your payment options

Marketing your skills and getting clients ready to pay for your services requires having a payment option. How are the clients to pay you? Do they have to pay a deposit before you begin the work? Some clients prefer paying after approving the work. However, be wary of clients who might disappear with your work without pay.

How are the clients to remit your payment? Most clients prefer paying through Paypal, therefore consider signing up for a free account here. Other options include Payoneer and bank transfer, especially for local clients. Have an invoice a receipt template, as business require these documents for filing their taxes.  Consider a simple a simple accounting plan to keep your financial records in check and for taxes.

Finally…

A freelancing career begins with the belief that you have skills that you can harness, that you have services that others need and that you will find success. It might not be so easy to get good clients at the beginning but be persistent. Ups and downs are part of life. Be mentally prepared before you embark on starting a freelancing career.

Keep learning, be confident, courageous, and have necessary resources handy to make a great launch into freelancing. When still not sure of the way forward, or you simply need a coach to help along the way, contact us at Info@coachingchocolates.com for professional assistance.