For those who graduate from their academic course of study and are adamant they don’t want to enter the traditional job market, going the freelance route could perhaps make for the best prospect. It’s a tough route to follow though, but with the right approach and frame of mind, a set of tools and methodologies can be deployed to ensure your passage into the freelance job market is one which turns out to be fruitful for you.
Above all else, you’ll need to develop a good sense of self-discipline if you’re to make a success of your freelancing career. Granted, one of the hardest parts of this journey is indeed that of landing jobs, but it’s even harder to keep the jobs you land because of the ever looming illusion that you have time on your hands. The fact that you get to decide when to start working and how long you’re going to be working for poses a bit of a danger to your self-discipline, but the bottom line is that self-discipline is a strict requirement for making a success out of the freelancing route as a career choice.
Set financial goals and targets
At the end of the day your aim is to make a decent living, even if you’ve chosen to work on a freelance basis. Make no mistake about it – there is a lot of uncertainty that comes with choosing this path, but a consistent flow of predictable work isn’t all that hard to come by. It will take some doing, but eventually you’ll be able to establish some kind of means through which to predict how much work you can manage to land and how much of that you’ll have to get through in order to meet your financial goals and targets.
It’s important to set targets so that you’re not just going it the shot-in-the-dark approach.
Work portfolio or showcase
Freelance writers in particular, amongst many other types of freelancers, often have to take up projects in which the work they produce, submit and get paid for cannot be attributed to them. For this reason it can be difficult to create a portfolio or a showcase of your work as a freelancer, but you have to find a way to make it happen. You could perhaps create your own blog, listing all your skills and linking to public profiles which act as some kind of showcase for your work, even if it’s merely just a display of the types of projects you’ve completed.
Pursue passive income streams
You cannot exchange your skills directly for remuneration forever, especially since in most cases freelancers find it really hard to build up some sort of savings net. As a result, you’ll have to find ways to create passive income streams with your skills, and if I may use the example of freelance writers again, why not write an e-book about freelancing and then sell it directly on your own blog or website, or you can upload it to the Amazon Kindle self publishing portal so that it can perhaps also be bought by readers who want a physical copy?