Freelancing means the freedom to set your own hours, work closely with clients, be your own boss and have greater control over your career. According to Forbes, there are 53 million freelancers in America today, and by 2020, it’s estimated that half of the workforce will be doing freelance work, whether full time, as a part-time gig or as their side hustle.
Freelancing requires a few essential tricks and tools to succeed. Whether you’re looking to start out or refresh your personal brand, home-working experts cite five important tips to help you succeed at the freelance game.
Manage Your Time
One of the best parts and most challenging parts of freelancing is that you get to make your own schedule. Many people find that they need structure in their day, and for this reason, it’s important to have the right time management software like Harvest, Time Doctor or Sighted. These will notify you of calls, deadlines, track how long you work on a project and more. Sign up for free trials to find the one that works best for your work style.
Get the Right Laptop
A laptop is your office, your meeting room, your library, your entertainment source and so much more, making it the most essential of freelancing tools. It’s the lifeline between your business and your clients, so it’s critical to be sure you have the right one—one with long-lasting battery life, that is light yet durable with an operating system that can smoothly run all of the software you need to perform at your best. Popular options among freelancers are the LG gram, MacBook Pro and Lenovo.
Get Professional on Social Media
For all work-related correspondence and interactions, be sure to use a dedicated email account. This will make you appear more professional to prospective clients. You should also set up work-related social media accounts where you can post examples of work, share professional insights and network.
Keep Track of Finances
For a lot of freelancers who work in creative industries, keeping track of finances can be a real challenge. Not only do you have to manage invoices, expenses and make sure you’re getting paid, you also have to keep taxes in mind. That can be a lot of numbers to juggle. The right accounting software like QuickBooks Self Employed, FreshBooks or Wave simplifies this process and saves you frequent headaches.
Find Your Space
While freelancing is largely a digital game and requires the right laptop loaded with the tools you need to manage your business, you still need to find the right place to work. Spend a month trying out a number of workspaces for a week at a time—a coffee shop, home office, co-working space or library. Wherever it is that suits your work style, you will definitely need strong Wi-Fi and access to outlets.
By 2020, it’s estimated that half of the workforce will be doing freelance work.
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