A job that allows you to work from home is a dream come true for many people. The stress of commuting and the demands of a corporate job has been the leading reasons many people have cited for wanting to work from home.
But unlike a traditional job where you submit applications, people wonder, how do you become a freelancer and work from home? I hope these few steps will help you navigate if you decide to become a freelancer.
Identify the job that you want to do
The first step to starting a freelance career is to decide what it is that you want to do. It may sound obvious, but the bulk of your getting ready to work from home depends on carefully selecting the kind of work to do. A couple of pointers can help you decide.
- Your current employment: People already working for a Company as graphic artists, web developers, writers, editors, customer care representatives, etc. may decide to go into freelancing. These fields and others like them have freelance work potential as you may not necessarily need to show up in an office every day.
- Skill set that you have: You may currently be working in a bank but drawing comics and illustrations for fun. Your design skills could be a full-time freelance career.
- Educational background: What you studied in the university could help in a freelance career. People with English language or a Communications degree often look into freelancing careers as journalists, writers, editors, publicity and public relations professionals, etc. I know freelance lawyers. Maybe your degree could have a transferable skill set that will let you work from home.
Identify your client base
No freelance career is complete without clients, so this is another important step. You need to identify who needs the services that you want to offer.
The quickest and most effective way to do this is to make a search of businesses that may need your kind of service. They will form your prospective client base.
This stage is actually a permanent part of freelancing because you may find yourself periodically looking for new clients and updating your list.
Identify and gather resources
I’m just going to go ahead and say that you don’t need as many resources as you think, to start a freelance career. As a writer, I’m good with a laptop, electricity and an internet connection.
Depending on your type of freelance work, you may need software and other supplies. But things like a fancy home office is not your priority at the beginning.
Honestly, this is about what it takes to actually start a freelance career. Other steps to firmly establishing your freelance job and growing it will be covered in the remaining series of this post.