It’s True: You Can Make Money Through Freelancing

You have the skills and education for a job you enjoy; however, the job market isn’t obligated to give you sustainable employment just because you have the right know-how and the desire to work. One option that can help you make money while looking for a permanent position is freelancing; in fact, the benefits of freelancing might be so compelling you’ll decide to freelance as your full-time job. Here’s how to make money through freelancing and why it might be right for you.

Affiliate with a Company

Many companies offer work to freelancers on a first-come, first-serve basis; sign up with a complementary company choose the projects that interest you. Often, you’ll be able to choose how much work you want without penalties for slow periods, and if your base company is strong, you can be as productive as you like. You’ll get paid a set wage per piece; just make sure to do your research so you know a company follows through with its payment promises.

Find Your Own Work

If you don’t want to work with a set company, it’s possible to freelance unaccompanied. Market your services on reputable websites, through local news sources, and even in print. Let customers know you’re willing to negotiate your price, although if you start to take on many projects for one customer, feel free to renegotiate your rate; at that point, you’ve earned your keep.

Don’t feel pressured into accepting jobs for “exposure”; higher visibility can be great when you’re first starting out, but if you have a solid portfolio, remember that exposure won’t pay the rent.

Advantages

Do you still want to travel or move around? With freelance writing, you don’t have to schedule time off work. As a freelancer, you can work wherever there’s Internet, so you’ll be able to take on jobs even when visiting another city.

Flexible work hours can also be invaluable. If you’re a caregiver, you won’t have to worry about taxing your coworkers with an absence or slog through another morning at the office following a long night. You can also work around a school schedule or your own personal itinerary-sunny days don’t last forever, after all, and when you freelance, work will still be available in the evening.

Freelancing can be hard work but well worth the effort. Consider freelancing either to get through a hard time or for your full-time job.