Thoughts of running a small business are provoked during long and dull meetings in the company but there's something holding you back from making that leap of faith along with the lack of experience and lack of confidence that could keep you chained to your desk job forever.
Freelancing provides the essential experience needed to become an entrepreneur. The skills needed for freelancing like English proficiency, familiarity with MS office, and knowledge of web, is already strengthened by the other environment. This makes freelancing an ideal sideline for us. There is a straightforward solution to help people to gain experience, contacts, and confidence.
In this post we are going to look at how freelancing provides you with the skills you need to become an entrepreneur and the value of a freelancing career itself.
Here are some best tips on getting your freelancing career off the ground, jump to the bottom of this post!
A unique working lifestyle: It is one of the best way to get to know yourself, your product/service and to build a network of similarly-skilled professionals, freelancers, clients, and advisors. Not only that but freelancing is a way of life that working for someone else simply does not. Four-day weekend anyone? It's every weekend as a successful freelancer.
Big opportunities and less risk: There are some similarities between freelancing and setting up your own company that made both options attractive to graduate and career changes alike:
- The opportunity for flexible working
- Sole responsibility of financial decision and budgets
- The desire to get your name out there as a professional in your field
Good money, great lifestyle: Financially, working freelance has its own benefits. Zero travel costs, freedom to charge your own hourly rate, no expensive work outfits, off-season holidays - the amount of money saved as a freelancer can add up to huge savings over the course of the year.
Not only that, but a recent report has revealed that companies are now not just outsourcing work to the cheapest freelancers, having realized that paying extra wages to their freelancing team benefits everyone in the long run. Simply put, paying for quality pays.
All in all, start working, save cash, gain experience, references and learn your job. As well as it is also a good practice for you for the future, as you inevitably get bad clients at some point along the way. Another best point is that you can get in touch with your competitors or build a good relationship and this could be an invaluable source of regular work.