If you are going to succeed as a freelancer, you’ll need more than one skill set.
Naturally, if you’re a freelance web designer, you need good design skills. If you’re a freelance writer, you need good writing skills. If you’re a freelance programmer, you need to be good at programming.
But that’s not all there is. Successful freelancing requires more than a single skill set. Freelancers and would-be freelancers must be competent in many areas.
In this post, I list 17 skill sets that freelancers need to succeed. If you enjoyed this post, you may also like 5 Attitudes You Need to Adopt to Succeed at Freelancing.
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I decided to find out what freelancers really want to know. I turned to the freelancers in my Google+ community for help in compiling the most commonly asked freelancing questions.
This post is the result–it’s basically a freelancer’s cheat sheet with short answers to common freelancing questions and links for most questions where you can find more information.
The answer is…it depends.
I know freelancers who spend far more time on their freelancing business than any employer would ask of an employee. I also know freelancers who earn a good living working part-time hours.
In this post, we’ll discuss the amount of time that freelancing actually takes. At the end, I’d love to hear your feedback on the topic. Let us know how much time you spend on your freelancing business.
Posted January 23, 2013 in Getting Started
But all those freelancing perks can distract you from one vital business truth. That truth is this: If you are to succeed as a freelancer, your freelancing business must meet a need. Or at the very least, someone has to want what you have to offer.
Too many times, I read about freelancers who want to work only on a very specific type of project, but have no real clue as to whether that type of specialized work is actually needed (or wanted).
In this post, I’ll explain why it’s important for your freelancing business to meet a need or demand. I’ll also list some ways for you to find out whether there is a need or demand for your specialized services.
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