3 tips to kickstart your freelance career

3 tips to kickstart your freelance career 

Do you ever feel stale in your career? Do you wish you could make a change, but don’t know where to start? 

The world of freelance work comes with its own unique challenges, but if you have an in-demand skillset and the drive to determine your next move, a career as a freelancer might just be the way forward. 

Many talented writers, photographers, and artists carve out self-employed careers selling their skills to companies with need of creative input, but there are many specialisms that organisations will outsource. 

If you have your sights set on a freelance career that allows you to find your own work, choose your own hours and be your own boss, these are just three tips to help you get started. 

1. Find your niche

So, you already know that you can sling words like Wilde, paint like Picasso or design like DaVinci. 

But finding your niche will require a slightly different approach. 

Think about your experience in the field – what industries and sectors have you worked with? Are you a business pro? A marketing maestro? Are you a connoisseur of the culinary or a patron of the arts? Once you know what type of work your talents are best suited to, you can begin to target the right types of clients. Marketing your efforts and creating a public persona on social media sites such as LinkedIn can be highly useful for boosting your profile and curating bespoke relationships with potential future clients, but your online efforts shouldn’t end there. 

2. Create a website 

Online visibility is of the utmost importance for anyone trying to make a profit in the 21st century. 

And if you’re trying to make it as a freelancer, you’ll need a digital portfolio to prove to potential clients that you’ve got what it takes to pull off their projects. 

Unless you yourself are a web designer (another skill that can be turned into a freelance career!), you really shouldn’t attempt to DIY it. Professionalism is of the utmost importance, especially when you’re out on your own. Enlist the help of a web design specialist – Maratopia Digital Marketing offer a range of services to create the perfect site to show off what you’re capable off. 

3. Get your affairs in order 

One of the hardest things about being a freelancer is having to manage your financial affairs 

Even if you’re engaging in freelance activities alongside your part time gig, you need to register with HMRC to ensure all income from your side hustle is taxed and above board. 

Unless you’re a financial expert, it’s worth enlisting the help of an accountant. At least that way you can ensure your tax returns will pay off without a hitch, giving you one less thing to worry about. 

Want to commence your freelance career and turn your talents into your dream job? We hope these three tips give you a starting point from which to launch your ambitions. 

Are you a freelancer with tips for amateurs starting out? Share your advice with us in the comments below!

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