Is there enough work for you as a freelancer? Absolutely!
It’s making financial sense for more and more business to outsource work rather than have full-time people on staff to attend to things like writing; creating graphics, power point presentations, brochures, and other materials; maintaining social media accounts; editing video; creating and maintaining web pages; editing; proofreading; etc.
And, while more and more entrepreneurs are joining the ranks of freelancers – also known as the “on-demand” workforce – there’s still room for you.
Some are referring to this new business climate as the “Gig economy,” and it’s growing. A 2015 study by Inuit and Emergent Research estimated that the on-demand workforce would grow by 18.5% each year through 2020. While 36 % of the workforce was on-demand in 2015, by 2020 it should grow to 43%.
That’s good news for you if you want to work from anywhere.
Business owners don’t care if you’re working from your home or a beach in Mexico. Indeed, many of the freelancers they hire are in Romania, Israel, the Philippines, and other countries.
What business owners care about is quality work, delivered on time and according to specifications.
If you want to succeed as a freelancer, you’ll need to build a reputation as someone who delivers just that. The more your reputation grows, the more you can charge for your work. You may not mind writing a 1,000 word blog post for $20 when you’re first starting out, but you won’t want to do so for long.
One secret to success: Before you begin ANY work for a client, get clear on exactly what he or she is looking for. Ask plenty of questions and get them answered before you proceed. Work from a contract that spells out exactly what you will do and what you can expect from the client. For instance, the client may be expected to supply you with materials such as photos, testimonials, news articles, etc. Be sure it’s understood that you cannot begin until you have the materials, so the deadline will be dependent upon it.
Your contract should also outline your price and terms of payment. It’s wise to collect a deposit in advance when working with new clients – even if they bill themselves as ad agencies. It’s not fun to be suspicious of people, but you never know who will use your work and “forget” to pay you. If you’ve gotten half up front it doesn’t hurt quite as much.
The deadline: Set a date and time that you and the client can agree upon. If possible, set it for several days later than the date when you believe you can be finished. This allows you time to polish your work – and time to deal with those unexpected crises in life, such as a sick child or a water heater going out.
Including the time seems a little extreme, but some clients want to have things in their hands early in the day. If you deliver at 11:00 p.m. they won’t be happy.
Make a rule for yourself: Never miss a deadline. Even you have to stay up all night to finish, deliver on time. Your future success depends upon your good reputation, and timeliness is an important part of that reputation.
Present the highest quality work you can produce, exactly in keeping with the specifications you’ve agreed upon and if you can think of a way to give just a little bit more, do so.
Your goal as you set out to become a “Work from Anywhere” entrepreneur is to build a reputation that will make you the most in-demand freelancer in your chosen niche.
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