Figure Out What You are Good at and Start Offering That  

When you finally determine that you do want to become a freelancer, the most straightforward course of action is to figure out what you are good at and start offering that. For example, if you liked to write papers in school, you can probably get content writing gigs. If you’re good at creating websites using self-hosted WordPress, you can do that for small business owners. If you are good at using any type of software, you can offer your services to help with that.

 

Whatever it is that you’re good at doing, like doing, and can easily do with what you have or with minimal additional resources, is the best thing to start with. The main thing is to figure out what you’re good at, can see yourself doing for several hours a day for the next few years, and that’s simple to start with – and start with that.

 

To help you figure it out, ask yourself a few questions:

What are Your Skills Now?

Knowing what you’re good at right now is going to really help you figure out what you can do right now to start as a freelancer. Using a skill that you already have is the fastest way to start. You can always start with one thing and move to another as you learn more. The point is just to get something now so you can build on it later.

Do You Want to Work Alone or With Others?

Many people like working alone, others prefer to have people around. You need to know what type of person you are because being a freelancer sometimes can make you feel like a shut-in if you don’t pick the right tasks to do that work for your needs. For example, if you have a customer service call job right now and you hate every part of it, you’re not going to like it more if you are a freelancer doing it from home.

Are You Able to Organize Your Time?

To be a prosperous freelancer, you really do need to know how to organize your time so that you do enough work and make enough money. You must be self-motivated enough to be able not to treat your freelancing business as a vacation. You still have to do the work and provide deliverables to get paid and organizing your time to fit it all in is imperative to your success.

Are You Skilled with a Particular Software?

Think about the things you already do, and the software you already use, whether in your work or for fun. If you are good at using software such as shopping cart software, marketing software, and other software that people use personally or in a business, you have a chance to become a consultant for that software, which can be very lucrative helping people get set up.

 

 

What are Your Hobbies?

You may even be able to turn your hobby into a full-time income. Many people have done it now that platforms like Etsy, Amazon Marketplace, and others exist to help freelancers and hobbyists make money off their creations. More than one college student is making six figures on Etsy selling stickers, patterns, and other creations.

 

 

Can You Do the Work You Want to Do?

When you start thinking about the type of work you want to do as a freelancer, it’s time to be honest with yourself. Is your life set up so that you can do the work you say you want to do? If you think you want to start a call center from home, but you have dogs and kids that won’t be quiet, you can’t do it. Before you even start, make sure that you really can accomplish what you want to so that you don’t waste time or money trying to do something that isn’t going to work for you right now.

How Will You Do the Work?

Try to imagine the process of the work, and how you’ll do it. As you brainstorm ideas, go through the entire thing so that you know what the product or deliverable will look like. If you can see the process, it’s going to be much more likely to work out for you and your clients.

For Whom Will You Do the Work?

Knowing that customers who need the work exist is part of figuring out what you want to do as a freelancer. It’s going to be much simpler if you provide a solution to a customer who you already know exists and where to find them than it is to create the service and then find the customer. Figure out who you want to work with first, then provide solutions to them that match your skills.

Are You Self Motivated?

When you freelance, even though you have customers and clients, you don’t have bosses. You have to do the work without anyone telling you. You have to get up each day and do the work on your own. The money isn’t going to come to you without working. Can you self-motivate yourself to do the work that’s needed even if you aren’t racking up dollars for each hour you work?

Do You Need Flexibility?

What type of lifestyle do you want to build? Do you want to be able to go help your kids, parents, or others at the drop of a hat? Do you want to be able to change things around, or are you okay with working specific hours? Yes, you can design this however you want to. Just don’t pick a service that requires you to be someplace at certain times that focuses only on deliverables, and you will have the flexibility you need.

 

 

Am I Okay Spending Long Hours Alone?

Many freelancers end up spending many hours at their computer pounding out articles, offering customer service, building marketing funnels, and more – with no interaction from anyone. Sometimes this happens for days on end. You will have to find ways to network with others if isolation and working alone doesn’t work with your desires.

Do I Need to Be Outdoors or Indoors?

Some people enjoy being outside or out of their house working. You can design a freelance business that answers the need for you to be outdoors or indoors. It’s totally up to you. For example, if you like being outside, starting a pet walking business might work for you. If you dislike being outside, you may want to stick to computer-related services.

Remember that you are designing your own life, so there are no right or wrong answers. While it’s true that every single thing you do in life has both positive aspects and negative, as a freelancer, you can try to outsource or do away with most of the negative stuff while focusing on the positives – since you get to set this up the way you want to and not the way someone else tells you to.

Why Freelance and an Easy Way to Get Started

 

 

Becoming a freelancer is a great way to take control of your life by offering services to people and businesses that need them but who don’t want to hire full-time employees to do it. For example, freelancer conduct many types of work- from secretarial, to graphic design, to customer service, and more.

Be in Control of Your Destiny

 

 

 

 

 

You can find your destiny with a job too, but as a freelancer, you are 100 percent in control of when you work, how you work, and who you work with. You don’t have to wait for answers from a CEO who has never been on the ground. You don’t have to ask permission to miss work if you’re sick. You don’t have to ask permission to learn that new skill that can help you earn more money. You are in control of your choices and your destiny.

Work from Anywhere

While not all freelancers work from home, many do. It depends on what you set up for yourself how you’ll do it, but most of the time, you can create a situation where you can work from anywhere – or from locations that you desire to work from. As a freelancer, if you choose the right technology and skills to learn based on the lifestyle you want to design, you really can work from anywhere.

Every Effort You Make Rewards You, Not a Corporation

When you work for others, even if you manage to save them 100K by developing a new process, you’re not going to see any of that money. You might get a bonus or an employee of the month certificate. Still, it’s not going to affect you long term like it will the corporation. When you are a freelancer, your decisions pay off for you immediately, not someone else.

Experience Improved Job Security

Many people believe that jobs are secure, but the truth is they’re not. Most businesses work on a lean principle now of not hiring enough people and being able to fire and hire at will in order to keep costs down is a significant factor in that process. When you work for yourself, you can always change course if you need to in order to be where the money is. The job isn’t what is giving you security, the money is, and as long as you can keep making money, you’re going to be more secure because as a freelancer, you’re not counting on one stream of income.

Increase Your Confidence

It might seem scary at first, but the more you freelance, the more secure and confident you’re going to become and appear to others. This is going to rub off and help you serve more people with your freelancing gigs because you’re going to feel like you can do it as you experience doing it. At first, it’s scary, but as you move through the processes and create systems, you’ll feel very confident in your abilities.

Live a More Fulfilled and Happy Life

The truth is working too much is not suitable for your life. If you really want to have a happier and fulfilled life, you need to build balance into it. Make sure you schedule fun with family and friends in addition to plenty of working time. As a freelancer, you are in control of that schedule and can live a more fulfilled and happy life by managing your time to include all parts of your life.

Gain the Ability to Earn More Money

As a freelancer, you are in command of how much you get paid. You choose the rate, not the customer. You are in control of how you do everything and can make more money as a freelancer than if you are trapped in the hourly wages, paid time off, and vacation pay trap. You only do projects that pay enough to live because you oversee it. Also, since you’re just you, you can often end up charging less than a huge corporation and still end up more profitable as your expenses are lower.

Design the Life You Really Want to Live 

As a freelancer, you can genuinely design precisely the life you want. You can command your schedule so that you have enough time to earn the money you need to live and then live the life you were meant to enjoy. You’ll no longer be counting on an employer to make the rules and give you raises. You’ll do that for yourself, and you really can design the life you want to live, exactly the way you dreamed it

The fact is, being a freelancer gives you more security, more options, and generally more money than working hourly jobs. You can stop trading hours for dollars and work with the people you want to work with in a way that enables you to have more flexibility with your family and your life. There really is unlimited opportunity out there if you know where to look when it comes to finding a way to freelance and change your life.

 

 

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Is It Time to Change Your Goals

Is It Time to Change Your Goals?
Are you satisfied with the way things are going in your life? Continuing to achieve the life goals you’ve set is hopefully bringing you considerable happiness and contentment. But, perhaps you’ve taken a different path and you think it would be helpful to add some goals. Sometimes, life requires that we alter the direction we’re headed.

Maybe your focus has changed due to the loss of a partner or job, demanding that you relook at the goals you established long ago. Whatever the case, pondering whether or not to change your life’s dreams may be in order.

Consider these ideas:
1. Review your current life list. Pull out the list of life goals you compiled years ago. Are they still what you want? Maybe you’re ready to let a few of them go to make room for some new ones that are more fitting. Give yourself permission to adjust your list as needed.

  • For example, maybe you thought you’d become the president of a company someday, but you’ve discovered that you’re more of a salesman. You love making new acquaintances and watching your sales stats rise. It’s okay to remove the goal of becoming president.

2. What do you want out of life? It’s a good idea to have your goals written down and in a file where you can easily access them to make changes and updates.

  • Even if you’re unsure of what your overall goals ought to be, jot down experiences you want to have and place them in your file.

3. Verbalize any changes to goals you’re considering. Inform your partner of the type of life you want since your lives and goals are intertwined. Altering your life goals will involve your joint agreement and efforts.

  • Talking about what you want helps you conceptualize your goals. Your close friends and family will also want to support you in your quest to accomplish your master life plan.

4. Infuse elements of your goals into your day. When you include daily efforts to create the life of your dreams, your goals won’t just be some lofty ideas you rarely think about. Be strongly connected to the objectives that will lead you to your goal.

  • For example, if one of your life goals is to take a trip to Europe, start a computer file where you can copy and paste links to websites and information about the places you want to visit. Also, have a paper file to keep magazine articles and photographs.
  • Look something up, check your bank account to ensure your travel funds are building, or read a travel article each day.

5. Try setting and achieving mini-goals. If you’re curious about a particular goal, but are unsure as to whether you want to change your life’s direction, establish a mini-goal to start exploring this area. You’ll be able to feel things out and figure out whether the new goal enhances your interests.

  • Do you want to go further with this new venture? Or have you learned enough to conclude you’ve been on the right track with prior goals you set? Either way, you can put the concept of mini-goals to work for you.
  • Establishing small targets that will lead you to accomplish your main goals is smart and effective.

Life happens. Things change. You may see the need to alter the life plan you had previously set for yourself. Put these strategies to work for you when it’s time to remove an old goal or add a new one.

Sometimes, life requires that we alter the direction we’re headed.

 

The Importance of Sleep to Help Your Body Fight Colds and Flu This Season

Can you recall a time in your life when you didn’t get enough sleep? For many of us,
this happens from time to time. We’re staying up late to study for finals in school. Or
how about those many sleepless nights after welcoming a newborn. Or maybe you
suffer from the occasional bout of insomnia. Think back on one of those times. Chances
are that those were also times when you were more likely to catch a cold or come down
with the flu or a stomach bug.

On the flip side, making sure you get plenty of quality sleep can serve as a sort of
insurance policy. It strengthens your immune system and helps your body fight off any
type of infection or threat that comes its way. In addition, your body will be able to heal
itself faster should you come down with something if you get plenty of rest. That’s why
your doctor often orders plenty of rest and fluids when you have a cold.

But why exactly is sleep so important both to boost the immune system to avoid getting
sick in the first place – and during the recovery period, should you come down with
something? Your immune system uses antibodies to fight infection. At the end of the
day, it works the same whether you’re preventing an infection from taking hold or
fighting one off that’s taken enough of a hold to make you feel sick. These antibodies
stick to the virus and affect cells, rendering them ineffective. The virus-antibody combo
can then be eliminated, which is why it is important that you drink plenty of fluids. It
makes it easier for your body to flush them out.

This still doesn’t explain the role of sleep, does it? I’m getting there. Your body produces
antibodies more effectively while you sleep. I’m no scientist, but I’m sure it has
something to do with the fact that your body isn’t busy doing everything else it has to do
as you move about your day, running around, eating, getting that papercut that requires
additional resources… you get the idea. While you are asleep, your immune system can
work more efficiently at producing antibodies and deploying them throughout the body
to fight the infection.

Keep this in mind the next time you’re tempted to burn the candles from both ends, and
use it as motivation to stay home and take a nap instead of heading into work when
you’re coming down with something.

“On the flip side, making sure you get plenty of quality sleep can serve as a sort of insurance policy. It strengthens your immune system and helps your body fight off any type of infection or threat that comes its way.”

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