Freelancing is an attractive way of life. The independence, autonomy, flexibility, and unlimited financial potential are all incredibly inviting, especially for employees who are tired of their mundane work environment. But, thereâ€™s still some mystery surrounding the enigmatic career choice.
As a freelancer, how do you make money? Where do you find work or jobs? How do you figure out what to do? What about insurance and benefits?
These questions are what typically stop people from pursuing a full-time freelance career. And these questions are the ones weâ€™ll answer in this guide.
I was a freelancer before joining HubSpot â€” AKA the best career decision Iâ€™ve ever made. Starting my freelance business was a very intentional choice made in the midst of working a very unfavorable job. Freelancing was the most difficult 18 months of my life, but it completely rerouted my profession and led me to where I am today. It was more than worth it to take the leap into the unknown and pave my own career path.
Whether freelancing is your lifelong dream or a means to an end, weâ€™re going to walk through each element of starting your own business, making your own schedule, and managing your own clients. By the end of this guide, youâ€™ll know exactly whatâ€™s expected of you as a freelancer.
Before moving forward, letâ€™s take a breather and do a little self-analysis. Is freelancing right for you? If so, what work would you do as a freelancer? What would your niche be?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself to evaluate whether or not youâ€™re ready for a freelance career.
Why do you want to freelance? Are you looking for a more flexible schedule, or are you merely trying to escape your dreaded commute? Do you want to expand your professional horizon, or are you simply bored at work? You mightâ€™ve heard it before, but the grass isnâ€™t always greener on the other side. Pursuing freelancing for the wrong reasons will make it hard to keep going when the going gets tough.
I want to emphasize here that there are no right or wrong answers, simply whatâ€™s best for you, your family, and your career goals. To give you some perspective, here are a few answers from fellow freelancers on why they decided to take the leap:
Can you afford to freelance? A freelance career holds the promise of a higher salary and unlimited income potential. After all, as a freelancer, youâ€™re the one deciding what you make and when you make it. But youâ€™ll likely not see that income right away. The first few months (or years) of freelancing typically involves sacrificing income while setting up your business, establishing yourself, and finding clients.
Are you comfortable with being uncomfortable? Freelancing can be majorly uncomfortable. You wonâ€™t always know where your next paycheck is coming from, youâ€™ll probably be rejected more times than you can count, and youâ€™ll definitely experience a few days where you think, â€œWhy the heck did I do this? That commute doesnâ€™t sound too bad right about now!â€� All of these thoughts and feelings are normal; Iâ€™ve always referred to them as growing pains. After all, if itâ€™s not challenging you, itâ€™s not changing you.
Next, letâ€™s talk about what kind of work youâ€™d do as a freelancer. This step is another common roadblock for folks who want to freelance â€¦ theyâ€™re simply not sure what to do. The answer is simple, though. It might just take a couple questions to draw it out.
What are you good at? This five-word question can determine a lot for you. What are you skilled at? What do others ask you to do for them? Notice that I didnâ€™t ask, â€œWhat are you an expert at?â€� Experts are few and far between â€” all you need to decide right now is at what youâ€™re willing to become an expert.
What brings you joy? This question isnâ€™t always applicable. There will be days and times that you simply donâ€™t want to work or might be sick of your chosen field. Thatâ€™s life. But, above all, thereâ€™s usually one skill set or profession that brings you joy. What makes you feel good to accomplish? What are you proud to share with friends and family? This is probably what youâ€™ll excel at as a freelancer.
Now, letâ€™s pull the spotlight back and look at freelancing as a whole. Regardless of fit or type of work, there are definite benefits and drawbacks to a career as a freelancer. Letâ€™s look at a few.
According to an UpWork study, the biggest drivers to freelance are flexibility, freedom, and earning potential, and the biggest barriers are income predictability, finding work, and benefits. If these things are motivating or demotivating you, youâ€™re not alone.
In the following sections, weâ€™ll touch on everything you need to know to start a freelance career, from branding to clients to making and managing your money. We want to minimize the unknowns and equip you with plenty of knowledge as you pursue freelancing.
The information and recommendations in this article were collected from real freelancers across the world (including some from HubSpot employees who previously freelanced). Iâ€™ve also included real anecdotes and examples that will shed some light on what itâ€™s actually like to be self-employed.
Any pressing questions you might have about becoming a freelancer? Consider them answered.
Before you dive into completing jobs and making money, you need to set up your business. You need to know exactly what youâ€™re doing and how youâ€™re branding yourself. This will not only attract clients, but itâ€™ll also provide direction when you feel stumped or at a loss for why youâ€™re freelancing. Here are a few things you should know to make sure your freelance business survives in the long-run.
A personal brand is valuable when establishing authority as a freelancer and creating a long-lasting impression with clients. Whether you use a design tool like Canva or outsource your branding to an agency, personal branding should be one of the first things on your to-do list.
Along with a memorable logo, your personal brand should also include a business name. You can brand your business after your own name or a third-party name.
â€œI chose a business name for a few reasons: 1) It’s easier to brand. Business Casual Copywriting could be easily turned into its own aesthetic, with its own voice and tone, and its own identity. My own name would’ve left me with less leverage. 2) The company can grow bigger than just me. If my business name was just â€˜Joel Klettke Copywritingâ€™ â€” well, I’m the be-all-end-all of that business. With a moniker like Business Casual Copywriting, I can bring on subcontractors and turn the company into something larger if I decide to. 3) It’s easier to remember. Nobody can spell â€˜Klettkeâ€™ correctly on their first time or pronounce it confidently without help. Business Casual is a more memorable name that rolls off the tongue.â€� â€” Joel K., Business Casual Copywriting, Alberta
Another element of your personal brand is your online identity. This typically includes a dedicated website and social media accounts where you can display your logo and business name, portfolio, testimonials, and services. Nowadays, every freelancer should have a website, especially if they work with clients remotely.
Itâ€™s good practice to match your website domain and social media handles to the name of your business. For example, if you were a freelance photographer, and your business was named Phoebe Photography, your website could be phoebephotography.com and social media handles could be @phoebephotography. Congruity makes it easier for potential clients to search and find you online.
As for a website, platforms like Squarespace, WordPress, and Wix make it easier than ever to create and design a professional-looking site. These platforms also offer templates that you can use to display your work, like writing or design samples. If you opt out of a dedicated portfolio site (which weâ€™ll discuss below), these themes make it easy to integrate your sampled works into your website.
â€œ[I chose] Squarespace. It’s been so easy to update and customize as my business has changed and grown. I also suggest and use Squarespace for my small business clients when they’re looking for a hosting platform.â€� â€” Cadence T., By: Cadence, San Francisco
Your social media accounts should also reflect your personal branding. Every platform has its own benefits and purpose, so donâ€™t fret that youâ€™ll need to be active on all of them. Twitter is good for sharing your portfolio and connecting with peers and potential clients. LinkedIn is great for publishing a live resume and making valuable professional connections. Facebook is handy for joining groups of like-minded people, and Instagram is valuable for publishing pieces of your portfolio â€” if you dabble in visual work, like photography or design.
There are other places that should reflect your personal brand, too. If you do local work or attend network events, business cards are a great tool to carry with you. Sites like Vistaprint or Moo help you easily create gorgeous print material. Your brand should also be on your proposals, invoices, contracts, and any other materials that go to clients.
Why is personal branding so important? A clean, consistent brand communicates authority and professionalism to anyone looking at your business and will help you establish yourself as a trustworthy freelancer.
Whether youâ€™re a freelance writer, designer, or web developer, a portfolio of your work speaks volumes to potential clients. Strong copy and testimonials can help sell your services, but portfolios feature your work in action, helping your clients envision your skills working for them. Portfolios also save you precious time by weeding out bad-fit clients before they book an initial call.
Should you include all your work in your portfolio? No. The work in your portfolio should be your very best and show diversity in your skills and clientele.
So, youâ€™ve got a brand and a book of work to show potential clients. What else do you need to legitimize your business? Keep reading to learn more about establishing your business and setting yourself up for success.
Freelancers have some flexibility around the legal and financial structure of their business. Some freelancers remain sole proprietors and opt to receive 1099s and work from a personal bank account. Others register their business as an LLC to open a bank account and further protect their assets.
â€œ[I registered my business as an LLC] immediately. I wanted to signal that I was serious about it. And it carried a sense of responsibility with â€˜being official.â€™ I also hired an accountant right away. I didn’t want to mess anything up.â€� â€” Chris C., Real Good Writing, Denver
The decision is completely up to you. The only difference is that registering your business will likely cost you a fee. This article by UpWork dives into the specifics of how and why to register your freelance business as a Limited Liability Company (LLC).
Youâ€™re set up online, now where are you going to set up to work? Your physical workspace can massively impact your productivity, focus, and motivation, so you should keep this top-of-mind when considering your jump to freelancing.
Many freelancers choose to work out of their homes, whether for convenience, cost, or to be closer to family. A home office is ideal for work-life balance, but the dinner table, bed, and couch are also options. This article from Contently dives into how to create a home office that works.
If itâ€™s not realistic for you to work at home, donâ€™t fret. Todayâ€™s working environments are fortunately much more conducive to remote and freelance workers. Between coworking spaces, coffee shops, and public libraries, freelancers of all kinds can find makeshift workplaces outside the house, even if just for the day.
â€œFor non-chunky tasks (like emails, editing, and outlining), I work from my home office. However, I find the same four walls can get boring, and I get demotivated. That’s why I head to my local coffee shop for meaty tasks (like writing).â€� â€” Elise D., United Kingdom
If youâ€™re interested in co-working space, WeWork is a very popular choice for remote workers and freelance workers alike. Many cities have local co-working spaces that allow you to leverage shared desks, studios, and kitchens as well as network with other creatives and potential clients. If you donâ€™t have the budget for co-working space, Google your nearest coffee shop, cafe, or university library. Whatever space you choose, ensure itâ€™s free of distractions and provides favorable work conditions.
Youâ€™ve established the foundation of your business in the form of a website, portfolio, and workspace. Now this section will equip you to build the bones of your business â€” setting rates and getting work. This is perhaps the most important section in this guide and will provide insight into ensuring you become a successful and impactful freelancer in your chosen field.
The process of setting rates and determining fees is perhaps the hardest part of freelancing. Not only can it be awkward to talk about money, but setting rates for your services is essentially putting a dollar sign on your forehead. What are you worth? What if your clients donâ€™t agree?
Setting and negotiating rates can feel very personal, but the key to discussing money comfortably is to take feelings and opinions out of it. Instead, use an economic approach to determine your rates, similar to how a business owner might price their products. Do you think they feel bad when they quote their prices? No, and you shouldnâ€™t either.
â€œ[Itâ€™s all about] knowing your worth. It’s so hard to see yourself as a commodity, but that’s what freelancing is. You’re selling your skills as a service. How do you put a price on that? In the beginning, this is truly a hard thing to grasp. But with experience and speaking to peers, you slowly start to figure that out.â€� â€” Karine B., The Letter K, Canada
Here are a few popular strategies freelancers use to set their rates. You can also use a combination of the three.
Cost-plus pricing is determining how much itâ€™ll cost you to complete a project and tacking on 10-30% as profit. This pricing model is best for artists and freelancers who use physical material and know the cost of completing a project or service. For writers, designers, and developers, this model might be tough to calculate, unless youâ€™re counting your time as the primary cost.
Market Rate Pricing
Market rate pricing involves taking a look at market averages and deciding your rates based on those around you. To calculate your prices based on market rates, take a look at your industry, location, and competitors with similar experience. (As a novice freelance designer, you canâ€™t quite compare your rates to a designer with 10+ yearsâ€™ experience, even if they live in the same area.)
Hereâ€™s a list of average rates per industry:
Another pricing approach is to base your rates on what you believe your work is worth. This means that your pricing will differ slightly depending on what client youâ€™re working with and what kind of work youâ€™re creating. For example, creating a commercial for a Fortune 500 company will hold a little more value than that for a local coffee shop, right? Right, so youâ€™d likely charge more for the former. Now, thatâ€™s not to say one company has more value than the other; youâ€™re just taking into consideration what they can afford and the overall impact of your project.
â€œI publish [my rates]. It means that people can get an idea of what I charge before they contact me, which makes everyone a lot more comfortable with the pricing conversation at the end. My rates are based on surveys of my peers and what people at my level of experience charge.â€� â€” Angela R., Australia
When you start your freelance career, the majority of your day-to-day will involve looking for jobs and marketing yourself. Until you establish your skills and services and become well-known by clients, youâ€™ll need to put a ton of work into applying to gigs, reaching out to potential clients, and simply getting your name out there.
When seeking freelance work, the first thing you should do is establish profiles on common freelance job sites. Not only does this give you access to open jobs and projects posted by clients, but it also bolsters your name and business nameâ€™s SEO by giving you another link to your website.
Here are some common job sites on which you can establish a presence and check out some open gigs:
Join some industry or location-specific freelance communities. This will help you create a network of â€œcolleaguesâ€� and freelancer friends as well as expose you to open gigs and potential clients. It might seem counterintuitive to make nice with your competition, but it can actually help your business. In fact, three out of my first five jobs were passed on from another freelancer who couldnâ€™t complete them all herself.
â€œI actually love using Facebook groups like Freelancing Females, The Copywriter Club, and The Denver Boss Babe Collective. Those are groups that get it. They understand freelancing and running your own business and are very collaborative. I also enjoy word of mouth. The best business is a referral, so I let some of that take its course. In six months I’ve already had three or four referral offers.â€� â€” Laura B., Denver
For a bolder, more direct approach, consider reaching out to managers, directors, and editors at the companies youâ€™d want to work with. Simply communicating your availability and sharing your website keeps you top-of-mind when work does arise. Connecting directly also shows clients that youâ€™re proactive and take initiative when needed.
â€œI often directly pitch clients after an initial introduction has been made through a mutual connection. This helps provide a warm introduction (rather than a cold one) and has proven to be much more effective for landing gigs than applying to jobs/job boards.â€� â€” Kaleigh M., Illinois
Lastly, the best way to consistently attract work is to market yourself and your services. Marketing yourself extends beyond applying for specific gigs or reaching out to clients. Itâ€™s more so promoting your business as a whole and establishing a presence on social media, publications, search engines, and more. Most of this work happens with little to no pay but more than pays off in the long-run.
Here are some strategies to market yourself and attract more work.
â€œI always kept a running list of publications I wanted to write for. Once a publication was on my list, Iâ€™d subscribe to their email newsletter, follow them on social, and keep up with their new content. This strategy helped me learn about their audience, which topics they covered, and the tone and style they used. After a week or two, Iâ€™d sit down and brainstorm a list of 3-5 pitches. Then Iâ€™d send an email to their editor (or fill out their submission form, depending on the publicationâ€™s process) introducing myself, citing some relevant pieces Iâ€™d published elsewhere, and giving a brief overview of my pitches. The entire email was usually 2 paragraphs. I was pretty successful with this approach â€” I think I had around a 50% success rate.â€� â€” Aja F., HubSpot
â€œ[The best decision I made as a freelancer was when] I went through a period of saying yes to everyone that asked for help. It wasn’t until I started to respect my expertise that others seemed to, too (minus the example from above…). It’s easy to fall into that trap, but if you don’t appreciate your time and talent, neither will anyone else.â€� â€” Lauren G., PR and Prose, Amsterdam
Freelancing means that youâ€™re in charge. You create your schedule, you set your deadlines, and you pick up the slack when things go wrong. The best way to prevent problems (and impress your clients while youâ€™re at it) is to have a solid project management process in place. Not only will this help you approach each project with assurance and organization, but itâ€™ll also communicate professionalism to your clients.
“I’m a huge fan of over-organization so I use tools to get myself organized and get stuff done so I can get paid faster. I use Notion to organize everything from to-dos to the actual writing product in one place, so my clients get a workspace they can refer back to with all of our assets. Spending a couple of hours on this stuff each week really makes me much more relaxed and eases the freelance anxiety when I don’t have any work coming in. Using [tools] also gives clients a great impression that you’ve got it together and takes the pain out of choosing to work with you!” â€” Owen W., Amsterdam
The first step to managing your projects with ease is establishing a place to record deadlines, meetings, events, and important dates. This could be on your Google Calendar, iCal, or even a paper planner. Thereâ€™s no right or wrong answer here â€” you should choose what works best for you.
“The key to successfully managing a project is organization (and remembering the things that everyone else forgets). Since I don’t have the best short-term memory, my project management tools are critical. Trust me, to-do lists are not enough. I prefer Trello and Asana, but there are some other great resources out there. The more involved a project, the more likely the tiny details are to slip through the cracks. Project management tools keep everything in one place, and make it easy to delegate tasks, keep track of deadlines, and move tasks through the pipeline.” â€” Christina P., HubSpot
Beyond your calendar, it helps to use a project management or to-do list tool (or a combination of some) to help you stay on track and hit deadlines. From a HubSpot poll of over 80 freelancers, hereâ€™s a list of the top five platforms they use to manage their freelance work:
Lastly, figure out how youâ€™d like to communicate project information and updates to your clients. (As for how often youâ€™ll communicate with them, thatâ€™s also up to you and will likely take some time and practice to figure out.) Remember, as a freelancer you not only need to create amazing work but also please your clients, as clients lead to referrals â€¦ which lead to more work! Iâ€™ve compiled a list of tips for working with clients below.
â€œI’m surprised by how consistent it is for bad clients to show the same red flags as one another during the early stages of working or talking with them. Clients that will be outright disrespectful, ghost us mid-project, or be slow to pay tend to have a few things in common that can be noticed right away: They balk at our rates or try to negotiate down the price without adjusting the scope or value of the project. These clients also tend to require everything immediately but take weeks or months to pay for the work after completion. I’m glad my business has matured enough that I can avoid these clients when they approach me now, but it was much more challenging in the beginning stages.â€� â€” Alexander L., Lewis Commercial Writing, Fort Worth
Money, money, money. We all need it, but not everyone has to manage it as meticulously as freelancers do. When you run your own business, you must have a hand in everything, from how you invoice to what tools are managing your money.
And when it comes to money, setting your rates is merely half the battle. The other half involves billing, getting paid, and managing your freelancing financials.
The process of billing and receiving money can be uncomfortable, but getting paid is quite literally what keeps your business alive and allows you to maintain your freelance lifestyle. Thankfully, technology has made it easier than ever for todayâ€™s independent workers to manage their financials within a single platform.
Hereâ€™s a list of the top five financial management tools per recommendations from over 80 freelancers:
These tools can help you upgrade from the old school word-processor-plus-spreadsheet system and build gorgeous invoices, process payment in multiple ways (by bank card, direct deposit, etc.), include any necessary taxes and fees, and even handle reminders for clients who are delayed in payment.
Letâ€™s take a moment and dive into invoicing and billing. One important thing to acknowledge about freelancing is that sometimes clients donâ€™t want to pay (or they donâ€™t pay at all). There are some measures that can help if this happens, but there are also some invoicing best practices that you can follow to minimize this risk overall.
As attractive and enticing as the freelance lifestyle seems, it can be equally as complicated. Working for an employer might mean long, boring hours and commutes, but they also take care of a lot of stuff behind the scenes â€” including taxes, benefits, and retirement funds. And these are things you cannot take for granted.
Thankfully, freelancers can set up and manage their own benefits and taxes, but it does take a little extra research and work. Weâ€™ve spelled out the need-to-know details below.
Everyone loves tax season, right? Well, if youâ€™ve been used to a big return each April, itâ€™s time you change your expectations of tax season. Since freelancers donâ€™t pay taxes with each invoice or paycheck, theyâ€™re expected to pay in full each tax season. This can mean thousands and thousands out-of-pocket, which can really mess up your cash flow if youâ€™re not careful.
â€œSimply, keep regular accurate records. I previously used a spreadsheet for my accounts that required everything to be manually input but calculated outgoings, income, and tax. Every time I input a new project I got a new bottom line. Tedious but essential. I started using Quickbooks last year which generates a similar outcome with each invoice. Plus, I know this might sound a bit patronising, but don’t spend the money calculated for tax. It’s easy to see the number in the bank account, but always know what is tax â€” the taxman cometh and he does not suffer fools, gladly or otherwise.â€� â€” Christopher S., Lestaret, United Kingdom
This is one of the necessary evils of the freelance lifestyle. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take throughout the year to lessen the impact of tax season on your freelance business.
Another sacrifice of freelancing is forgoing company-sponsored benefits. And let me be the first to say that those are super important, especially for folks with families and chronic health issues. If benefits and insurance pose a major question of whether the freelance lifestyle is right for you, youâ€™re not alone.
If you have a spouse or domestic partner, take a look at their insurance options. This is the most ideal avenue as company-sponsored benefits are usually less expensive than direct options through insurance providers. Even if your partner has to pay a little more to upgrade to an employee plus partner or employee plus family plan, itâ€™s worth it.
If you donâ€™t have a partner or he or she doesnâ€™t have the option to include you in their benefits package, donâ€™t fret. There are some insurance plans and providers that cater to freelancers and self-employed people, such as the Affordable Care Actâ€™s SHOP coverage. Organizations like Freelancersâ€™ Union also organize health insurance resources to make any research and decisions less intimidating.
If youâ€™re leaving a full-time job, you might be able to tap into the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), which allows you to keep your health insurance for up to 18 months after employment ends. Youâ€™d have to pay 100% of the premiums (including your former employerâ€™s share), but this option might buy you some time until you make a permanent decision regarding benefits.
Retirement planning isnâ€™t reserved for the â€œofficiallyâ€� employed, and you definitely donâ€™t need an employer to set up a 401(k) or IRA. Freelancers and self-employed folks have many of the same options as those who work for a company, such as the Roth IRA, SEP IRA, or self-employed 401(k). This article by Fidelity breaks down which account might be best for you and how to get started.
As a freelancer, I started a Roth IRA and set up direct deposits into the account. I did this directly through my personal wealth manager, but there are plenty of tools and platforms that can help you.
Regardless of how you plan to invest in retirement, always start as early as possible and stay consistent with your deposits. Your future self will thank you.
Freelancing is a lonely career choice. In fact, when I talked in-depth with over 20 freelancers, most of them said the most difficult part of being a freelancer is how lonely and isolating it can be. But this shouldnâ€™t stop you from pursuing a freelance career â€” it should simply prepare you to put in a little more work socially.
As a freelancer, since youâ€™re not going into an office anymore, youâ€™ll likely find yourself spending more and more time alone. You might also find that you talk to yourself more often â€¦ or that may just be me. Regardless, freelancing requires stepping outside your comfort zone and working hard to build relationships and joining communities â€” just like youâ€™d do at work.
Meeting others can help you not only stay connected and up-to-date on new jobs and freelancing trends but also refine your skills and learn new ones. Here are a few ways you can stay connected and keep learning as a freelancer.
Taking an online course is a fantastic way to inexpensively master a new skill while being exposed to a new network of people. Better yet, some courses are free, and some allow you to become certified so you can increase your credibility. Online courses are a great asset to a budding freelance business and are much, much more manageable than going back to college.
Hereâ€™s a list of courses recommended by the 80+ real freelancers I surveyed and spoke with:
Along with these courses, you can also check out dedicated course websites. Platforms like Udemy, Lynda.com, and Treehouse provide hundreds of free and paid courses that cover a multitude of topics and specialties.
â€œ[The best decision I ever made was] joining the first iteration of The Copywriter Mastermind. It leveled up my business in so many ways. We’re still together as a group today, and our Slack is my #1 go-to for business advice, client management, and copy review.â€� â€” Lianna P., Punchline Conversion Copy, New Orleans
When I started freelancing in October of 2016, hiring a mentor was the very best thing I did for my business. I didnâ€™t need help writing â€” I needed help figuring out how to write for other people â€¦ and make money doing it.
My mentor showed me exactly how to be a freelancer, including how to find business, pitch myself, set my rates, and more. Without her, I wouldnâ€™t have started out so strongly with my freelance business. Not only did she equip me with all the tools and confidence I needed to dive in, but she also passed along a few jobs that she couldnâ€™t take herself.
The process of hiring a mentor, coach, or consultant isnâ€™t the same for everyone. Depending on your budget, industry, expertise, and location, you might fare better with a coaching course or a local consultant. Some of the above-mentioned courses teach how to freelance, too.
Whether youâ€™re working from the heart of New York City or middle-of-nowhere New Mexico, todayâ€™s technology makes it incredibly easy to stay connected to other freelancers. From social media to dedicated forums, there are plenty of ways to join communities, build a network, and make friends.
Sites like Freelancers Union and American Writers and Artists Inc. offer memberships that provide resources and access to elite communities of freelancers and creatives around the world. As for social media, there are plenty of freelancer Facebook groups you can join and engage with. Some groups provide work, while others simply provide a place to chat and ask questions. If youâ€™re on Slack, you can also hop into a Freelancer slack community, such as Digital Freelancer.
Lastly, donâ€™t shy away from your local freelance network. Nothing quite beats a face-to-face meeting or conversation over a cup of coffee. Organizations like Creative Mornings or local co-working spaces put on networking events and get-togethers that allow you to meet other freelancers in your area. These opportunities provide human interaction in an otherwise majorly digital lifestyle.
This ultimate guide to freelancing is long for a reason â€” thereâ€™s a lot that goes into this massive career move. But thatâ€™s not to say you shouldnâ€™t or canâ€™t do it.
In fact, freelancing is a pretty straightforward process. After addressing any questions and concerns regarding how to establish your personal brand, where to work, where to find jobs, and how to stay connected, the only unknown that remains should be: Are you willing to take the leap?
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