Working as a freelancer is an incredible option for anyone looking for flexibility and the ability to work on different projects with multiple clients, but it is not for everyone. Here are some questions you should ask yourself before making the switch to freelance work.
What is your “why” for becoming a freelancer?
When you start taking on freelance jobs, you are able to choose your own clients, charge by the hour and often set your own schedule. These are extremely enticing perks for any full-time employee, but what’s the ultimate reason you’re considering working as a freelancer? Are you an expert in your field? Do you have a highly marketable and sought-after skillset? Are you building out your portfolio? Are you trying to discover which industry you are best suited for? Knowing why you want to start freelancing will help you stay focused as you navigate the transition to taking on freelance jobs.
What if freelancing isn’t for you?
It might be tempting, but don’t give your notice just yet. One of the biggest differences between freelancing vs. working full-time, is that as a freelancer you’re solely responsible for your paycheck. Securing clients and consistent projects in the beginning can be hard work and time consuming. Some things to consider doing before making the transition are creating a website, setting up a business bank account, and developing a list of potential clients. Having these setup ahead of time will make your life much easier when you start to take on freelance jobs.
What’s your freelance rate?
Is this all about the money? Yes, as a freelancer you set your value and price from the beginning of the project, but that doesn’t mean you can say your rate is the first number that pops into your head. Do your research and see what other freelancers with similar skillsets charge and what companies are willing to pay for your services. Be sure to take into consideration that you are also now responsible for things like health insurance, applications, websites, and any technology needed to perform your job.
Where will you perform your freelance work?
As a freelancer, you are able to pick and choose the clients you want to work with, and while some may want to meet you in person and even have you work in their office, others will be ok with a completely remote setup. Do you have the tools you need to do your job at home and do you have a quiet place to work, take calls etc? Setting up your home office equipped with dependable wifi and a professional background for video calls is key.
How will you get freelance jobs?
Finding consistent freelance work is sometimes more challenging than a permanent position because you are in control of marketing yourself. This is where a freelance recruitment agency like 24 Seven can be your safety net. At 24 Seven our team of expert freelance recruiters are here to line up opportunities for you. Our creative recruiters are a completely free resource for you, so if you’re still building your network, a freelance recruitment agency can provide a steady stream of freelance work to keep you busy.
Are you ready to take on freelance work with confidence or do you need a little more time to get your things in order? Either way, we are here to help! Browse both our open freelance and full-time positions and check out our workshop on how to be a freelancer for helpful tips and tools.