Have you ever wanted to be your own boss? Make your own rules? Follow the beat of your own drum?! These days, more and more people are working freelance (as a career or just as a side job for extra income). Working freelance allows people to make their own schedules and follow their passions. Freelancing can cover a lot of different types of businesses: art, writing, computer programming, web-hosting, photography, etc.
Freelance careers can be difficult to start because you’re starting from nothing. Not to mention, hard to maintain. However, if you are willing to put in the work, dedication, time, and money then it may just be for you. Follow these steps to find out if you can create a successful business plan for your freelancing career.
#1) Make a list of your freelancing skills
Write them down the left side of a sheet of paper. Write down everything that you want to do for your freelancing career. Take a look at all of those things and try to focus on those that answer all of these three questions:
Do you know your stuff when it comes to this topic?
Do you like researching and working with this topic?
Is this field or topic in demand?
Once you find the field that you want to work in, use these questions to help find a niche in the field. Create another list of the types of subjects you want to work with and answer those questions again.
#2) Do you have the right supplies?
Make sure that you have the supplies that you need. Look at how much money you have saved (yes, you should have some money set aside to spend on this career). Now look at the supplies that you will need in order to fulfill the needs of your clients.
When you’re looking at expensive items (computers, cameras, etc.), make sure that you do your research. Make sure to do your research. Check out consumer reports, reviews, and shop around.
Something that you will need (no matter what field you’re going into) is a website. Plan for webhosting and URL fees when you are drafting your budget. Are you going to need a web designer? There are some great options which allow you to create your own website. Check out WordPress for some inexpensive options.
#3) Set freelancing goals
Try to set monthly goals so that you can check in on your progress every month. Set goals that are simple, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-oriented. These are called SMART goals (I’ve mentioned them before). When you are drafting up these goals, keep your values and your focus in mind: you are doing this to follow your passion. Always aim for that goal.
#4) Look at your target market
Freelancing is all about your clients. Think about who your ideal client is and try to hook them by marketing on places that they frequent. Post print ads in places where they would shop. Place online ads on sites that they would frequent.
Don’t forget to network. Networking isn’t the most pleasant aspect of the job but it is important. If you don’t reach out to your peers as well as your potential clients, you will be lost at sea. Go to conventions and conferences. Trade shows are as much fun as they are effective. It’s all about having the right perspective, being optimistic, showing off your passion, and being yourself.
#5) Keep up with training.
Everything is changing. Technologies are changing. Your field is changing. Even your target market may change. Make sure that you’re keeping up to date with the new developments in your field. Keep up with the trends. Take classes (online and in-person).
These five steps serve as a starting point for your future freelancing career. If you want more tips on how to be successful at home and at work, grab a FREE COPY of my book, Acting for Real! All you have to do is click on that beautiful, green button below.