Have you considered starting a side hustle as a freelancer? Making extra money with a freelance business could help you pay off debt, save money, or make ends meet while you are staying at home.
What is a freelancer anyway?
A freelancer is a person who works as an independent contractor with clients or small businesses on short-term projects. Many freelance jobs can be lucrative depending on how much time you can invest to your freelance business.
What skills can be used to start a freelance business?
Freelance is an all inclusive term for work that can be done separate from a business. If you have technical skills from your current or previous job, then you can use those to create a freelance business.
Examples of Freelance Options
- Writing for blogs, websites, email content
- Virtual Assistant
- Social Media manager
- Graphic Design
- General Proofreading
- Online Marketing
What do you need to get started as a freelancer?
- Determine the skill you want to focus on for potential clients.
- Create a simple business plan: decide your target client, where you will market, and how you will market your business
- Create an online presence where your target market hangs out whether that is LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
- Get Business cards
- Create a list of services that you provide and the pricing
- Optional: Create a website as a portfolio that you can show potential clients your work
How to find clients
1. Professional Network
Use your professional network to find clients. You can let them know that you provide services related to their business, and if they are in a crunch you can help them out.
2. Social Media
Find out where your target market hangs out. Where are they asking questions? Is it Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.
There are tons of Facebook groups that are dedicated to small business owners. You can join these groups, be helpful and answer questions so that people will know who you are. This is a great way to grow your network. As people begin to know who you, then you can start sharing about the services you offer. If you are providing helpful answers to their questions they will seek you out for your services!
3. Industry Professional Association
You can join your industry’s professional association to build your network and authority in your industry. Many associations offer job posting opportunities and newsletter ads. You could also present during meetings to show off your expertise.
4. Freelance Job Posting Sites
There are a number of freelance job posting websites where you can submit to job postings in your industry.
Keep in mind that being a freelancer isn’t the right option for everyone. Freelancing means that you are responsible for taxes, business licenses and other responsibilities of any small business owner. If you don’t want that responsibility, consider finding flexible work with an existing business or using a partner to connect to part-time work like MomSource Network. You could also investigate options like multi-level marketing businesses.