Here are a few questions to consider when becoming a freelancer:
Do You Want to Work Alone or With Others?
Many people like working alone, others prefer to have people around. You need to know what type of person you are because being a freelancer sometimes can make you feel like a shut-in if you don’t pick the right tasks to do that work for your needs. For example, if you have a customer service call job right now and you hate every part of it, you’re not going to like it more if you are a freelancer doing it from home.
Are You Able to Organize Your Time?
To be a prosperous freelancer, you really do need to know how to organize your time so that you do enough work and make enough money. You must be self-motivated enough to be able not to treat your freelancing business as a vacation. You still have to do the work and provide deliverables to get paid and organizing your time to fit it all in is imperative to your success.
Can You Do the Work You Want to Do?
When you start thinking about the type of work you want to do as a freelancer, it’s time to be honest with yourself. Is your life set up so that you can do the work you say you want to do? If you think you want to start a call center from home, but you have dogs and kids that won’t be quiet, you can’t do it. Before you even start, make sure that you really can accomplish what you want to so that you don’t waste time or money trying to do something that isn’t going to work for you right now.
How Will You Do the Work?
Try to imagine the process of the work, and how you’ll do it. As you brainstorm ideas, go through the entire thing so that you know what the product or deliverable will look like. If you can see the process, it’s going to be much more likely to work out for you and your clients.
Do You Need Flexibility?
What type of lifestyle do you want to build? Do you want to be able to go help your kids, parents, or others at the drop of a hat? Do you want to be able to change things around, or are you okay with working specific hours? Yes, you can design this however you want to. Just don’t pick a service that requires you to be someplace at certain times that focus only on deliverables and you will have the flexibility you need.
While designing the perfect freelance lifestyle allows you to outsource or do away with most jobs you don’t like doing and focus on the ones you do like doing – you must still decide on how to set it up correctly. Otherwise, you’ll lose momentum and ultimately fail.
We don’t want that.
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Until next time hustlers,
Iolande V. Argent
CEO, Publisher, Media Personality & Coach
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