How to Become a Freelancer

Tips for Transitioning to Freelance Work From Full-Time Employment

Interested in getting away from the office grind? Do you want to be your own boss, set your own hours and work when and where is convenient for you? More people than ever are leaving full-time employment for the life of a freelancer, and you could be one of them.

If you’ve thought about transitioning to freelance work, here’s advice on becoming a freelancer, including deciding whether freelancing is a good fit for you, how to get started, where to find freelance job listings, how to find clients, and how to get hired.

Is Freelancing Right for You?

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Does freelancing make sense for you at this stage of your career? If you're considering a transition to freelance work, consider these qualities you will need to be a successful freelancer. Here are seven ways to tell if you have what it takes to freelance. More

What You Need to Start Freelancing

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Before you set up shop, it's important to have everything in place to make a successful go of it. Here's information on what you need to start working as a freelancer including creating a business plan, figuring out pricing, finding clients, and setting up a system to manage your money. More

How to Find Start-Up Money

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Money matters, of course. You’re going to need to figure out how make some of it while you’re building your freelance career.  Here are six ways to find the cash you need to leave your full-time job behind and get your freelance business off the ground. More

Types of Freelance Jobs

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When most people think about freelancing, writing is often the first type of work that comes to mind. However, there are many different types of freelance work available. Review this list of freelance jobs to see which ones might be best for you, remembering that you can mix and match and do as many different types of jobs as you want – you’re the boss. More

Best Sites for Freelance Job Listings

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In order to get started as a freelancer, you’ll need to know where to look for job listings online.  Here are six places to look for freelance jobs. Some of these job sites will be familiar to every job seeker, and some might take you by surprise. More

How to Find Freelance Jobs

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Looking through job listings isn’t the only way to find freelance positions. You will need to tap your connections, let people know you’re available, and be careful if you’re starting out freelancing while staying employed at your current job. More

Tips for Writing a Freelance Resume

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Your freelance resume shouldn’t just be a list of your work experience in chronological order.  Instead, you need to sell yourself.  You will have to grab the client's attention, pitch your skills, show your experience is on target,  and prove that you're the best person for the job. Review these tips for writing a freelance resume that will help you get hired.

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Tips for Writing Cover Letters for Freelancers

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Your cover letter needs to be a sales pitch, as well. You’ll need to convince your client that you’re the right person for the job. It’s important to showcase your most relevant experience and skills in your letter. Here’s how to write a freelance cover letter that works.

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Top 5 Networking Tips for Freelancers

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There is no doubt that networking works. That’s especially true when you’re building a client base, and when you  need to work to find new clients to add to it. Take the time to get – and stay – in touch with former colleagues, clients, friends, and family. You never know who might be able to give you your next referral. Here are tips for networking the quick and easy way. More

Common Mistakes to Avoid for New Freelancers

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There are mistakes that can hinder your freelance career even before you get it started.  With some planning in advance, you can head off most of these new freelancer mistakes and set yourself up for success. Here are the top mistakes new freelancers make, and how to avoid them. More

Time Management Tips for Freelancers

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If you want to be a successful freelancer, it's essential  to have a good sense of how to manage your time. If you're just getting started on the freelance path, or you need a reminder of how to make your time work for you, these time management tips are for you. More

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