Make money with Freelancing and leave 9 to 5 job (Beginner’s Guide)

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Hi! I had received many messages when I left my job and started working as a full-time freelancer. My friends are surprised by seeing me. Enjoying my life, having enough time for my friends and family and having no more money issues. They just ask me one question “What are you doing, man?”

Here is my secret of making money with freelancing job and how I become a successful freelancer by branding myself and propositioning my values in front of my targeted clients.

What is freelancing?

A freelancer is a person who offers services to their targeted clients depending upon skills and hours. Freelancing can be the passive source of income initially. Technology and global connectivity set new numbers in Gig Economy of the world.

Freelancers are not bound to the rules of the company. They work on their free time and they can have as many clients or projects as they want. Freelancers can earn from $10 to $80 or more according to their skills and experience.

According to Forbes over half of the Americans will freelancing by 2022.

PayPal study says that Freelancers earn average Rs. 20 Lac per year.

According to thehindubusinessline Freelancing market size will grow up to $ 20 to 30 billion by 2025

According to youthkiawaaz women are leading freelancing work because of marriage and other social obligations.

After the US, India has the biggest Freelancer community under 30

Advantages and Disadvantages of Freelancing

When you heard about Freelancing from your friend or family, it seems very easy but is practically hard. In starting you have to work hard, continuing 9 to 5 job and spending 4 to 5 hours for Freelancing

Advantages Disadvantages
Set your own hours You will have to pay on your own benefits
You can choose your clients Managing multiple clients is not easy
Work anywhere No work consistency
Pay less tax Pay self-employment tax
You can start easily Overnight success is not possible
High demand for skilled persons Low pay outs for new Freelancer

Services you Freelance

  • Web Designing
  • Logo Designing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Keyword Finding
  • Social Media Management
  • Make Business Presentation
  • Develop Mobile Application
  • Become a Virtual Assistant
  • Become a Voice Over Artist
  • Content Writing
  • Photography
  • Google Analytics
  • Facebook Ad Campaign
  • E-mail Marketing
  • Video Editing
  • Lead Generation Campaign
  • Services you Freelance
  • Web Designing
  • Logo Designing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Keyword Finding
  • Social Media Management
  • Make Business Presentation
  • Develop Mobile Application
  • Become a Virtual Assistant
  • Become a Voice Over Artist
  • Content Writing
  • Photography
  • Google Analytics
  • Facebook Ad Campaign
  • E-mail Marketing
  • Video Editing
  • Lead Generation Campaign

How to Become a Successful Freelancer?

When you firmly decide to choose Freelancing as a full-time career, you should utilize the time between quitting the job and become a skilled Freelance to optimize your skills and improve communication skill. Freelancer is a multitasking and multi-skilled person.

Be prepared before Freelancing

Before starting your Freelancing journey, you must be prepared first!

Uninterrupted Internet Access

Laptop, Desktop or mobile with Internet connectivity

Build the list of people whom you know in your industry and can be your potential clients.

Read and study about how Freelancing Economy actually works.

Have all the possible Payment Options to receive Payment from the client.

“Good start is half done”

First ready with all the required tools and then start working. So that in the future, you can properly concentrate on your clients and the improvement of your skills.

Set Up Goals

Freelancing means you are developing your own business and without goals, there is no meaning of starting the business.

What I did first? I first set the realistic goals for 30 days before leaving my 9 to 5 job. Here I am sharing some tips on how to set up goals.

•    Hear your inner voice what kind of business and life you want

as a freelancer. We spend most of the time to find new clients or do the best work for satisfying existing clients. In such hustle don’t forget why you are doing all these and what lifestyle you want as a Freelancer.

•    Divide your vision into long term goals and short-term goals

Completing short term goals on time will help you to achieve long term goals.

•    Set SMART goals

When you achieve your goals, you feel confident. So, it is advisable to always craft SMART goals. SMART goals are measurable and real to achieve easily.

S- Specific: Be definite for what you are trying to do

M- Measurable: Set measurable goals

A- Achievable: Reasonable to achieve

R- Relevant: Relevant to the future of your carrier

T-Time-bound: Set deadline to achieve goals

SMART Goal Examples:

“Get two long term Social Media client by 1st May”

“Design five Logos for clients by 30th April”

“Develop a website for five clients by 10th May”

Don’t hustle in trying everything

As a new Freelancer you agree with any kind of work offered by the clients. But think twice when accepting any project. You probably don’t know how to do work and you waste a lot of time in learning a new skill to complete the project on time.

Suppose if you are a client whom you want to appoint “Specialist” or “Generalist”?  But obviously, you will choose a specialist who is pro. So, it is better to expertise skills of your interest. Don’t try to hustle in everything. Make yourself a brand in your industry.

Identify your skills and interest (Niche)

What to do when you are not able to find what is your interest?

Don’t worry! Just go through the services you can offer to clients as a freelancer. Study all the skills like SEO, Social Media Expert, Advertising Expert, Web Designing, Content Writing, or Virtual Assistant for a week or 10 to 15 days.

In these 15 days, you will get an answer what is your interest and what is the most suitable skill for you according to your past experience and knowledge.

If you are aware of Freelancing services and you know what is your interest, you need not worry about other factors. Be pro in your skill and get clients very easily.

Improve skills to get paid high in fewer clients

Every day spend 2 hours in developing your skill and start learning online. I personally online courses and it will be very helpful as a beginner. Take advanced courses as well.

When I started Freelancing Udemy courses have helped me a lot. You can find many online courses in your budget. Before choosing any course, check the course details and find whether the course is updated or not. Always prefer the updated course to get updated knowledge with new tools.

Udemy courses for freelancing

Udemy is the online platform for learning and teaching with over 100000 courses and 24 million students.

Udemy offers courses in different streams like Development, Design, Business, IT & Software, Personal Development, Marketing, Photography, Health and Fitness, and Music.

You can check what will you learn in the course online.

Check the last updated date

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  Top-Selling Courses on Udemy

1.    The Web Developer Bootcamp

Topics: Fundamental Technologies for Web Development such as HTML, CSS, JS, Node, MongoDB and more.

389 Lectures + Full lifetime access + 71 Articles + 85 Downloadable Resources

Duration: 46 hours

Rating: 4.6 out of 5

2.    The Complete Digital Marketing Course – 12 Courses in 1

Topics: Strategy, Social Media Marketing, SEO, YouTube, Email, Facebook Marketing, Analytics & More

351 Lectures + Full lifetime access + 21 Articles + 1 Downloadable Resource

Duration: 36.5 hours

Rating: 4.4 out of 5

3.    Complete Python Bootcamp: Go from zero to hero in Python 3

Topics: Develop Python coding skill from beginner level to develop your Mobile Application and Games on your own

186 Lectures + Full lifetime access + 19 Articles + 19 Coding Exercises

Duration: 24 hours

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

4.    An Entire MBA in 1 Course: Award Winning Business School Prof

Topics: Best business and marketing course with in-depth course from startups to IPO

83 Lectures + Full lifetime access + 33 Articles + 65 Downloadable Resources

Duration: 8 hours

Rating: 4.4 out of 5

5.    The Complete Financial Analyst Course 2019

Excel, Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis, Business Analysis, Financial Math, PowerPoint

260 Lectures + Full lifetime access + 2 Articles + 344 Downloadable Resources

Duration: 14 hours

Rating: 4.6 out of 5


Be Organized and Make Schedule

Be your own personal assistant. Having many clients and projects, you have to juggle around different work and completing projects on time. Set a calendar and divide your schedule and fix the hours to work for each client.

Schedule breaks and give time to your self to produce the best out of your skills. Follow the schedule strictly. Set the time for answering emails, meeting with new clients, bidding on projects, administrative and invoicing your work.

Don’t behave like a horror Freelancer who does not eat or have showers to meet the deadlines.

Deal with clients professionally and wisely

Be clear about what are your services and what you don’t want to offer. Always say “NO” when the project is not meeting your skill because it will only delay and distract you from the projects of your field. It will give you a short time benefit but not good for long time business.

Suppose you are keen to write the content of specific niche and you choose a project that is not related to your niche, you have to spend hours and hours to research and understand the concept clearly. It is a waste of time actually; you can work for two more projects of your niche at the same time.

Showcase your expertise

Build an impressive portfolio that shout loud about your creativity and experience. If you are a beginner and not having anything to show, you can describe where you work, how you will provide service and how you are different from others. You can make a professional proposal or online resume to get the involvement of clients.

Where to find potential clients?

Finding potential clients is not difficult because of the Internet and many Freelancing sites. There is a number of Freelancing sites available on the Internet. I started with Upwork and Fiverr. I recommend the same to find clients globally.

How Upwork works?

Build a strong profile on Upwork to get noticed by the clients. Fill all the details very carefully. On Upwork clients post hundreds of projects and they are also ready to pay high for the best creative work.

You can repetitively work with the same clients and it provides a secure platform where clients and Freelancers cannot cheat each other. Upwork mobile facilitates Freelancers and clients to chat, deliver digital projects, and give reviews and rating.

upwork freelancing site

How Fiverr works?

Fiverr is the Freelancing platform where you can show your skills not in your profile but on Gigs also. In addition, Gigs are a small piece of your overall services. Clients can find you through your Gigs. I will say that Gigs are like proposals and you get hired. Moreover, define every small detail on your Gigs so that clients can find you perfect for their projects.

Tips to get clients on Upwork and Fiverr

Build a confident and professional image in front of potential client by providing details of your skill and experience in your profile.

First, understand the job, read the job description carefully and then apply for the job. Don’t apply just to earn money, it creates a negative impact.

Listen to your clients and understand what they want from you. Ask questions regarding the project if you have any doubt. Communicate with client insincere manner and show your professionalism.

Use Invoicing software or number your Invoice properly. Track record of Invoices, clients and expenditure for future benefits. Keep a separate credit card or bank account for Freelancing work.

Be prepared for the interview or trial job to showcase your skill. Always implement ethical ways to deal with clients. Moreover, complete your projects on time and don’t forget to get a review from the client. The review will enrich your profile.

However, your knowledge, skills, honesty, dedication, commitment, passion and integrity are keys to success to get the projects consistently. Regularly study new tools and tricks to enhance your skill.

Conclusion: Freelancing is a wonderful job; meeting new people, communicating with them; updating yourself with new trends and getting a number of satisfied and happy clients. Your online profiles over different Freelancing websites and reviews of the clients make you a brand!

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