Working online is great career option that spans across industries and job functions. Globalization and technical advancements in the past offers possibility for many to work from home, not to mention change in mind set. See our top five tips on how to start as an online freelancer.
1 Keep your overhead expenses low in the beginning
Although you will most likely need to invest something in the beginning try to keep it as low as possible. By having low overhead costs gives you option to also decline jobs that you do not want to take and does not take you closer to your dream role. Quick way to kill motivation is working on a project that you do not want to do – slowly how you feel about working from home might change as well. So do invest but do it very thoughtfully and keep it to necessities in the early days.
2 Set you goals high
Your goal of your dream role/career needs to be high enough for you to stay motivated but also realistic enough that it is attainable. There is nothing worse than aiming low! So when you think about your online freelancer career, do not let yourself down by making miniscule goals that are easily achievable. Think big and while brainstorming, there are no obstacles what so ever.
Henry Ford — ‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.’
3 Save for rainy day
It is highly recommended always to have money in savings account for rainy days and unexpected expenses. It is very tempting to go out and spend your hard earned cash but even better is to save some for times when freelancing work is low – that time will come, but there is nothing to worry if you plan for the rainy days beforehand. Having a savings account will help you also in the beginning of your career and enables you to pick jobs that you apply for.
4 Anything is possible
Online freelancing is rewarding career option but it does require persistence and strong mind to succeed. Many new freelancers have their dreams shattered because they do not do their “home work” in the beginning and quickly give up. Sure, there is hefty competition out there but each and every day someone will make it – today might be your turn!
Remember every no brings you closer to a YES!
You will get declines for your proposal but that is ok as when one door closes, another opens. Having right mindset together with correct tools helps you in the beginning, and later in your career.
5 Take time to choose best online freelancing website for you
There are numerous websites out there for online freelancing jobs so do take time to review them and decide which one suits best to your goals. Just because a website is large with thousands of jobs, it does not mean that it is the best site for freelancing. Check out not only how many jobs there are in your chose field but also how many freelancers there are you are competing with.
Sometimes it’s better to be big fish in small pond, than small fish in big pond.