Five Ways to Start a Freelance Business Right Now

starting-lineHave you been meaning to start freelancing on a part-time or full-time, but keep putting it off because you think that starting a freelance business is too much work?

While it’s true that freelancing can be a lot of work, the good news is that you don’t have to do everything all at once. If you have a full-time job or do not need full-time freelancing income right away, you can ease into freelancing a little bit at a time–we’ll show you how to get started.

(Even if you do need a full-time freelancing income, you need to start somewhere. This post can help you find that starting place.)

This post describes five easy steps that you can take right away that will put you closer to your freelancing dream. You can choose to start your freelancing business with just one, or all, of these steps.

Easy Steps to Start Your Freelancing Business

Many experts will advise you to plan the start of your freelancing career carefully. You’ve probably read some of those articles. We’ve even published a few of those articles here on Freelance Folder. In general, they offer a lot of good advice.

While we are definitely not against planning and being careful, at some point you need to stop planning and start doing. You need to jump in to the freelancing pool and get your feet wet. That’s what this post is for.

Are you ready to start freelancing? If so, then it’s time to move up to the starting line and get ready to go.

Here are five easy action items that will jumpstart your freelancing business:

  1. Develop an online presence as a freelancer. You can’t get work as a freelancer if no one knows that you are available for projects. One of the best ways to let people know that you freelance is through your blog or portfolio site. If you don’t have a website already, it’s time to set one up.
  2. Add freelancing availability to your social media profile. For many freelancers, one of their best sources of clients is the people they already know. If you keep in touch with friends, family, former classmates, or colleagues through social media then you need to make sure that your social media profile includes the fact that you are willing to take on freelance work. Also, many organizations now use social media to recruit freelancers for projects.
  3. Build a professional profile on a bidding site. While bidding sites may not always offer the best opportunities, if you understand how they work it is possible to land some good jobs there. Remember, many successful freelancers got their start by first finding work on a bidding site. When your profile is complete, don’t forget to bid on some projects.
  4. Find freelance job opportunities online and apply for them. You can use online tools such as iGoogle to search for and find online job postings. The more projects that you apply for, the more likely it is that you will be selected for a project. (Repeat this step of searching for and applying for jobs online frequently.)
  5. Offer to do something for free. While typically working for free is not a very good idea, when you are just starting out as a freelancer taking on a project that you can use for your portfolio and as a sample of your work is not always a bad thing. Also, getting involved in a project (even a gratis one) can help get you into the mindset of a freelancer and give you the momentum you need to keep going.

In addition to the suggestions that we’ve made in this post, you might wish to know some more details about getting started as a freelancer. Remember, the steps that you just took got you started. To succeed it’s also important to continue to learn and apply that knowledge to your freelancing business.

How Did You Get Started as a Freelancer?

We’ve listed some initial steps that you can take to start your freelancing business.

What steps did you take to get started as a freelancer? Share your experiences in the comments.

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