Want to be a great freelancer? Great.
Here’s what you need to be prepared to understand;
- Your services are unique, they are not mass produced, education will be key.
- Your time is yours to command and offer.
- You are the Sales and Marketing Team (combined).
- What you can offer is defined by the skills that you own.
- At night, when everyone is sleeping, there is a good chance you will still be working.
- How much you earn depends on how many hours you invest in you.
- Where you work – home/office – really depends on where you think you can get more done.
- What tools you use depends on your own preferences.
- Your customers are lining up to work with you, not a company.
- In the morning when others are starting to wake up, you will already be up and having had accomplished in a few hours what some accomplish in a day.
See a trend? I could go on. It’s all on you, what direction you want to go, what clients you want to choose, what work you want to accomplish. It sounds glorious but this is scratching the surface. Points #5 and #10 are going to happen (not maybe, but will, not all the time, but they will happen).
It’s a great career option, it is incredibly fulfilling and educational. But make no mistake, customers will not be coming to you to solve the easy problems, for you, it will be the hard, taxing, unique problems that do not live in a cookie cutter mold.
Freelancers are not factories turning out the same problem week after week – they are problem solvers and fixers that pass people running up the mountains.