If you’ve ever wondered how to start a freelance business, this article is for you.
Today, in the age of the Internet and computers, there are no major obstacles to working at home and determining the graphics yourself. In this way, you can work for someone by doing a specific job company be an agency (he called as a bill) or on the so-called your own, finding customers yourself. This is the profession currently called freelancing or otherwise – free professions, to which more and more often belong, among others journalists, graphic designers, website positioners, editors / proofreaders, etc. So how to become a freelancer?
How To Start a Freelance Business?
At the outset, it is worth realizing that although the prospect of “self-appraisal” and working at home, at your own computer, in your chair seems to be a vision of working for money like the best fairy tale, it is really heavy bread. From the very beginning you have to deal with various difficulties that give rise to the risk of not receiving orders. In a word – you can, for example, start off well with something, choke on it, but finally declare the company bankrupt and have a number of debts.
Therefore, the most important feature of any freelancer is conscientiousness, regularity and, of course, a lot of patience. One must know that Rome was not built at once, so you have to take everything in small steps.
Basically, there are three ways of settling accounts with employers: you can be employed in a particular company under a contract of employment and receive a fixed salary from it, and therefore also a fixed number of orders; you can cooperate temporarily or permanently, but on the basis of a contract of mandate or a contract for specific work and be a self-reliant company, invoice yourself – in a word: start your own business. Each of these forms has both pros and cons.
Definitely more and more freelancers remain – at least in the initial phase of their activity in a given field – at the stage of concluding contracts for a specific work. Usually, those who have a number of contacts and regular customers, with whom they have been working together for a long time, usually assume their own activity.
How to obtain orders? First of all: advertisements, which even on the Internet itself are abundant, on various portals. However, it is much more difficult to break with the own announcement, promoting your own work, it is much easier to answer someone’s advertisement, where specific terms of cooperation are contained, so it’s easy to decide in advance whether you want to enter it or not.
Then it is useful to present your portfolio, your own website or send something “to the test”, e.g. text, photos, etc. In the later stages of the activity you can count on – if you’re a good, conscientious and reliable freelancer – that you’ll be recommended to someone else by your clients. Join the cooperation with other freelancers, make contacts – it can happen like this,