Freelancing is becoming mainstream. Estimates vary, but many experts put the number of freelancers in the U.S. at one out of three workers. See this article from Elizabeth Tse on HuffPost, Five Reasons The Government Needs to Start Acknowledging Freelancers, for one discussion on the importance of freelancers.
While there are many active freelancers, there are also many would-be freelancers. Would-be freelancers are those people who are thinking about freelancing, but haven’t started yet.
There are many things that hold people back from freelancing–fear, lack of confidence, time commitments. But another common obstacle is lack of knowledge. Many would-be freelancers simply don’t know how to get started.
In this post, I provide a simple and easy-to-follow overview on how to start freelancing. We’ve covered this topic before in this post that mostly lists the tools you need to freelance, How To Start a Freelance Business Today (Tools for Beginners). However, if you need a step-by-step guide to help you get started freelancing, this post is for you.
Posted October 31, 2013 in Getting Started
Would-be freelancers often wonder how to get started. A common question that many of them ask is:
What kind of training is needed to become a freelancer?
If you’ve wondered this yourself, then this post is for you. I’ll examine whether freelancers need to have a college degree or specialized training. I’ll also discuss whether a freelancer can teach themselves the necessary skills and list three online training resources.
Over the last few years everyone from freelance web designers to large agencies have been growing their businesses thanks to Shopify, the hosted ecommerce platform founded in Canada in 2006.
Helped by the free to join Shopify Experts programme wed designers and front-end developers are reaping the rewards of the immense growth happening in the ecommerce marketplace. With over Shopify 70,000 active shops online, and over 3,000 new stores launching every month, the need for great designers with an understanding of designing for ecommerce and building Shopify themes is growing rapidly.
If you aren’t familiar with Liquid it’s a templating engine first developed by the founder of Shopify and now widely used. Templating languages make it really easy to pull in the data from your online store into your templates.
According to article after article, a substantial number of adults are engaged in freelancing and the number of freelancers is increasing. For example, Business Insider recently published an article from Vivian Giang titled 40 Percent Of Americans Will Be Freelancers By 2020.
But, did you ever wonder exactly who these freelancers are?
The answer is, they’re us. Freelancers are people at every stage of life who are choosing to leave the traditional workforce and strike out on their own.
In my experience, I’ve mostly encountered freelancers who are in three life stages. In this post, I’ll identify each life stage and outline some of the unique advantages and challenges freelancers face at each life stage.
It’s important to note that these are generalizations, so not every freelancer will fit perfectly into a life stage. And some freelancers may be between life stages.
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