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Top Tips to Becoming a Freelancer and Contractor

24 April 2012 7 Comments

There is a growing trend of people becoming self-employed and this is translating across the world. Since the economic downturn began in 2008, unemployment has remained high in America as well as the UK.  It’s no wonder why so many individuals are taking their finances into their own hands by starting their own businesses, turning into entrepreneurs and working independently.

Regardless of the sector that you are qualified and trained in, there is the possibility to get ahead and start out on your own by becoming self-employed. Becoming a freelancer or contractor in a field of work does require self-confidence and a lot of hard work but the benefits far outweigh the initial travail including freedom and flexibility.

Whether you’re looking to be self-employed to keep your head above water during such difficult times or you want to take on the challenge of being your own boss, you do need to seek expert advice.  One of the first steps many experts will share is to devise a plan before heading out into the freelancer world without a clue.

To develop yourself as a successful self-employed contractor, the biggest skill needed is perseverance. You are not going to be given the opportunity as easy as a click of the finger, and no-one else is going to put in the effort to help you. Only you can put in the heavy labor of contacting clients, emailing prospective customers and engaging in forums to get your name known and start building a brand for yourself.

Breaking into the industry can be daunting but if you are passionate about what you do and willing to put in the hours, you will reap tons of advantages. It is often said that “it is not what you know but who you know” in order to get ahead.  So build your thriving freelancer career by networking with professionals in your sector on social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Another tip is to show people examples of your work, gain exposure and make yourself stand out.

Distinguish yourself from the rest by following an email up with a phone call so they get to know your voice; stay in regular contact, not just to ask for work but to ask how they are doing. Soon your personality will shine through and they will get to know you as a person rather than a stranger and therefore will be more inclined to work with you long term.

It can be scary starting to work on your own as a freelancer and not have a steady paycheck.  Freelancing is simply not for the fainthearted. However, the returns on the investment of your time can be great.

If you are contemplating the leap to starting your freelance career this year make sure you manage your money well and make use of a self-employed accountancy service to help track all your income and expenses.

Bio: This post was written by nixonwilliams.com, an expert contractor accountant who can offer more tips on starting out as a freelancer at his website.

7 Comments »

  • drstevewalsh said:

    This is my dream career – to be my own boss.

  • Pcb board said:

    Thank you for broadening my knowledge of this subject. No doubt its a great piece of writing as well. Thanks

  • Dayanara Reiny said:

    There are many people who are tired of looking for career opportunities and who decided to start their own business in order to increase their incomes.Many of these people reached success and became famous business men.

  • Andrew Jefferson said:

    All of us dream to have jobs and careers but there are very few who actually reach this.I've studied a lot and I had a very good job but once with the global crisis I was fired and I had to find a solution in order to go forward.I decided to start my own business and now I can say thet it was the best choice.

  • Serena said:

    To become a freelancer was an important step in my career. It wasn't easy but with a little research on AbsoluteWealth.com and a lot of hard work my online shop with handmade cloths and decorations started to bring profit.

  • Sandra Harrison said:

    This is a very interesting post!Both me and my wife have taken leadership degrees and we couldn't find a job.Last year my wife came with the idea of making our own business and I agreed with her.Now we are working as freelancers and our earnings are great.We've already bought a house and we have also some money saved in a bank account.

  • google said:

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