Before your start freelancing, we would recommend you to think on below mentioned points. Our intention is not to demoralize you but you need to understand practical aspect of freelancing.
Income isn’t Guaranteed
You enjoy more freedom and flexibility than your traditionally employed counterparts, but you’re also more vulnerable to inconsistent work and economic downturns. Often times, you’re at the mercy of your client’s budget, so you should definitely try to work for multiple clients instead of relying on one. All of these factors make it difficult to chart a monthly budget. An unsteady income is a concern for three-quarters of freelancers.
No Employer Benefits
While full-time employees typically have a large portion of their health insurance paid by an employer, freelancers don’t enjoy that luxury. You’re responsible for finding and paying for your own coverage, and individual plans can be costly. You don’t get paid sick leave or vacation. If you miss a day of work, you simply don’t make money that day, period.
Don’t Quit Your Job
We will advise you to start a freelance business while you keep your day job, as opposed to immediately pursuing self-employment. In addition to the fact that creating a high-quality portfolio website, building your personal brand, and adding to your portfolio naturally takes a good amount of time, it’s a good idea to have a few steady freelance clients on your roster before axing your sole source of income.
Level Up Your Skills
Make sure you have impressive skills that are in high demand. Practice using your new skills by building the types of projects that you want to eventually be paid to work on. Whether that’s WordPress websites, mobile apps, or something else entirely, the more you can differentiate yourself among a sea of competition with cool side projects and examples that’ll attract potential customers, the better. And remember that while highly trained freelancers can get paid much more for their work, you don’t have to head back to school for BS in computer science to get on the train. Taking online classes can get you on the right track and put you in charge of your education.
Many people go into freelancing assuming that the best part about it will be flexibility, in terms of time, only to discover that clients get tetchy if they routinely can’t get a hold of you during normal business hours, and that it’s almost impossible to put in 40 or 50 hours a week if you get up at noon. Just remember that while your clients can’t ask you, for example, to be available for a total of 15 hours a week, but demand instant access whenever they decide those 15 hours should occur, you will need to be accessible.
Even the most successful and blissfully happy freelancers have dark days, especially in the beginning. Don’t be discouraged if you find yourself wondering whether you’ve made a mistake. If you and the freelance life are a good fit for one another, things will work out. Either way, a bit of self-reflection is any career-minded person’s friend.
Longer Working Hours
There will be times when maintaining a steady flow of work and income means working outside of your normal working hours – in fact, you may find yourself working longer hours than when you had a regular full-time job.