Step by Step Guide to How to Start Freelancing. 
Take charge of your life. Choose your skills and go where you are passionate.


How to get going:


1. Set Your Priorities

Determine what you want to do and focus on it. Avoid low priorities and sell yourself short. That’s what most freelancers do.


Developing your own skills, implementing the systems that work for you, and then automating them is key. Now is the time to focus on your goals.


2. Make a Plan

Writing down a career plan is a crucial part of setting up a new business.


If you are not able to make a business plan, create a vision of what you want your career to look like. It will help you figure out what it takes to get there.


What skills do you want to develop? Where are you able to earn the most money?


3. Research

Read as much as you can about your chosen career before starting. You can use sites such as SkillSurvey or Sign up for an account with several top freelancing networks and communities, such as Elance and Freelancer.com.


They are likely to have a huge database of articles and information about freelancing.


Take Advantage of How Your Own Brain Works.


Next, I want to talk about how your own brain will help you to be successful at freelancing.


You already know that your brain is a multi-million dollar collection of chemical reactions.


When you focus on one specific task, like freelancing, you allow your brain to be efficient and creative.


But, remember that a lot of people want to use their brains for a variety of things at the same time. For instance, many people want to learn how to cook while doing housework, but they find that their brain can’t focus on cooking and housework at the same time.


Just like your brain gets in the way, so does procrastination.


4. Get Out of the Office

The best way to become successful at freelancing is to be outside of the office.


However, many people simply don’t have the freedom to work from home. In that case, check out hiring a virtual assistant. They can help you with all of your daily tasks and make sure you are meeting your deadlines.


5. Schedule Time

You may already have an idea of what time you will work on your freelancing projects, but schedule specific times to work on your project. Don’t spend an hour on Facebook in the morning because you had to review the product, get coffee and then have breakfast.


Work on your freelancing project first thing in the morning before working on other responsibilities.


6. Work Smarter, Not Harder

As much as you want to, you can’t always work longer hours. Sometimes it’s easier to take shortcuts and cut corners. But if you want to build a successful business, you must be diligent.


Many of the successful freelancers I’ve met started by working full-time jobs. They still spent time with their families, worked on their own projects, and set aside money for freelancing.


They may also have more help from family members. Freelancing is much easier when you have help and support, rather than all of that time to yourself.


7. Don’t Procrastinate

It’s tempting to put off working on a project because it seems so complicated. You might want to search for articles that explain how to design a website or learn how to use Photoshop.


Don’t do this. Procrastination costs time.


Start by going to a website that helps you plan your projects and see if they can point you in the right direction.


If you’re not sure, you can call a small business advisor or even hire someone to walk you through the process. They can help you focus on the bigger picture instead of having to worry about all of the little details.


8. Take a Job

While you’re creating your freelancing business plan, remember to take on other jobs. You might be able to work on a project you are passionate about.


In this way, you can still have the benefits of having a job without being tied down to one specific location.


And you might even meet some interesting people along the way.


9. Manage Your Time

Not all of your time will be yours. You may have to spend time managing other people’s time, or you will need to work from home to meet clients.


Set up systems to get your time management under control. The sooner you manage your time, the sooner you will start seeing results.


Make sure you have a plan to manage all of the things that are going to impact your day. If you are like most people, you will have a million different tasks and obligations that will consume your time. You need a system that will let you get through them all without skipping a beat.


10. Meet Other Freelancers

If you want to learn more about freelancing, you should also meet other freelancers. You can also find other people who have their own web design or bookkeeping businesses. You can trade projects with them. You can learn from each other and create a network that you will rely on for your future success.


11. Work As a Team

It can be difficult to work on your own and create a successful business. But it is possible. And it’s possible with the help of other people.


Ask other freelancers for help. You can also search for companies to outsource work to.


Before you start working on your project, make sure you’re doing everything correctly. It’s easy to see a project to completion and have it be substandard.


12. Hire a Freelance Salesperson

If you want to succeed, you’re going to need money. But you also need to know how to get paid.


You can learn how to sell yourself. You can take courses and find courses that will teach you how to market your services.


But don’t be afraid to hire a freelancer who can help you get paid. You may be able to save money by hiring someone to help you, even if you are a few years away from being self-sufficient.


13. Don’t Give Up

When things are going poorly, it can be tempting to give up. But these are times that are meant to be spent learning.


It’s important to have an end goal when you’re working on a business, but you also need to take the time to learn. Sometimes it’s difficult to make changes when you don’t understand what’s happening with your business.


But it’s better to go slowly than to have to change your entire business plan or look for other options after struggling for a while.


Summary

Freelancing is a great option for many people. It gives you the freedom to set your own hours and follow your own passions. But it doesn’t come without its challenges.


If you want to succeed, you need to understand the changes you need to make. You need to have a plan and a vision.


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