I can still remember working as the deputy editor on a fantastic business publication, flying out to France one minute, then Milan the next â€“ all for business. Then one day is dawned on me that I had no consumer publication experience â€“ I was desperate to get a taste of working on the women’s glossy magazines, so that my portfolio would be complete. The truth was that I thought it might be a little more glamorous than writing about boilers or builders’ merchants.
Biting the bullet and going freelance
One day, I decided to go freelance â€“ I secured just two weeks worth of freelance work. At that stage, we had no children so it was one of those â€˜now-or-never’ moments in my life.
I spruced up my CV and my wardrobe and started freelancing. It was one of the most enjoyable times of my life. Feeling needed â€“ a frantic editor would call or email to ask if I could come in at short notice, or if I could cover for a two-week holiday etc. The feeling that I could work wherever I wanted, not working with people who annoyed me was great.
And I earned and saved so much more money â€“ freelance rates are usually a lot higher than what is paid to a permanent employee because, of course, the company does not have to pay for their holidays, sickness etc, so if you plan your finances properly you can actually make a tidy sum.
Freelancing is great during a recession
These days, one of the best ways for you to start earning money online is by freelancing the skills you already have â€“ and that doesn’t just mean in the media industry. Freelancing allows you to leverage your current skills and experience to earn. You probably already have skills that you can get freelance work with, whether they are your skills from your job already, but many mums just discount these skills and don’t realise that they are sitting on a pot of cash.
Businesses are always looking for people to do work for them, whether it is graphics design, article writing or even human resources, and finance.
The great thing about freelancing is that you don’t need to have any money in order to earn money. You can start freelancing with no initial capital. If you are reading this online then you already have access to a computer of some sort and an internet connection. The same way that you have managed to find this website, you can find freelance work to start earning some money â€“ that’s what the How to Kick-start Your Freelance Career guide is all aboutâ€¦
Many business mums start their career freelancing and then use their earnings to finance their business, expanding as they go on. It’s a great way to start. One of the most important things for online success is to start seeing results. The quicker you see results from your online business the more motivated you are going to be to make it work.
Get the ebook and learn the tools of any freelance trade
In the How to Kick-start Your Freelance Career guide you are going to learn about the tools you need to succeed as a freelancer. You are also going to learn about the skills you have and how you can use them to earn money as a freelancer.
Even if you think you don’t have any valuable skills and are worrying that you aren’t an expert in any particular subject – don’t. There are plenty of jobs out there you could do while you are training yourself up on other skills.
The How to Kick-start Your Freelance Career guide will also show you how much you can expect to get paid and what it will be like competing in the global marketplace. It will walk you through some websites where you can advertise your services and find work. Some of these are free, so you can’t use not having money for advertising as an excuse! Others may cost you money and require a credit card but will give you access to a much wider job market.
Learn how to make freelancing profitable
You will also discover how to make freelancing extremely profitable and a full-time business as you learn how to outsource the work you are getting.
Freelancing is a great way for you to start earning online. You can use it to finance building your own online business or just to earn extra money â€“ the ball is always in your court. Businesses are always looking for reliable freelancers and it could be a profitable new enterprise for you.
So don’t delay â€“ wasting another day thinking about what you can do to earn extra money while juggling a job and kids, or thinking about going back to a job you hate, that doesn’t give you the flexibility you need won’t pay the bills, but freelancing will!