Freelance 2 months ago by Uzair Hayat 1 min read

Pro-tip: Don’t make hasty decisions.

POV: You’re browsing through Tiktok and you see all these people who are promoting freelancer work. It’s easy, they said. You just have to join certain Facebook groups to get clients, maybe sign up on some websites, and just like that, you’ll earn upward to a 6 digit income every month. Sounds enticing, right? But before you quit your 9-to-5 for this promise of better pay, take a deep breath, and think about what you really need and want. Don’t worry, here are a few things that might help you make the right decision.

Your skills and experience

While some freelancing jobs can be done without any relevant skills and experience (maybe they just require a stable internet connection), you still have to think about your strong suits and weaknesses. For example, working as a virtual assistant still requires you to be organized, be fluent in English, and also be an effective communicator. Other jobs are more demanding, like social media management and content creation, where you’ll probably need to know how to do graphic design and copywriting.

Financial projections

So you left your job and now have a freelance gig lined up. Have you considered how much you’ll be losing despite the higher base pay? Think about the benefits you currently have, like healthcare and bonuses, and factor those in when you’re pricing for your freelance work.

Network of clients

Are you going into freelancing blind or do you have a few trusted potential clients? There are a lot of websites for freelancers out there, but there are also a lot of other freelancers who are competing for the same jobs, so take a look at your contact lists and see if you might get some solid offers from people you already know.

How to market yourself

Make sure you have a resume ready. A portfolio of your past work and some client testimonials will surely boost your chances too. Update your LinkedIn profile with your most recent jobs, and be sure to communicate what service you are offering.