Migrating from a full-time job to freelancing might seem like a daunting task especially if you have been working full-time for a long while. While it may seem like a difficult task, it is not impossible.
Freelancing is becoming popular because of the advantages it offers such as freedom, time, and the ability to work based on your own terms without having anyone hovering behind you. However, just like they say about the comfort of “comfort zones” leaving a 9 to 5 might sound like a very crazy decision.
There are critical decisions to make when considering switching; you have to be ready and certain that there is a clear path to success for you when you switch to freelancing. Some people decide to juggle both sides first before making a final decision while others just plunge into freelancing. Either way, both decisions require preparation.
This article will provide tips that would make transitioning from a full-time job to freelancing less daunting for you.
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Full-time Job to Freelancing
- Decide if you want to retrieve into freelancing(make up your mind):
Like every other serious feat or venture, you need to make up your mind that you really want to go into freelancing. Analyze your reasons- will it be convenient for you? Can you invest the effort and time required to build a career in freelancing? You also need to seek out potential clients, a possible niche and which platform you would love to start up from.
No one wants to hire a novice in any field; you have to be certain that you are an expert in your field. Before switching to freelancing, perfect your skills, hone your passion and be ready to deliver.
- Determine the niche and the skills you will like to offer:
As an individual, you might have several things you are good at doing such as your hobbies, and skills you learnt or grew up with. Select the ones you are really good at and find out the unique thing about you whenever you practice that skill. The world is looking for uniqueness, analyze each skill set you have and choose the one you are perfect in. You can do this by asking close friends and neighbours- to ensure you get their honest reviews. This will help even out the odds for you.
Also determine your target audience or market, because no matter how talented you are, you need to attract people who are genuinely interested in what you have to offer before you can sell skills.
- Put yourself out there: Sell yourself. You can’t sell your skill if no one knows about what you do or what you have to offer. Start building connections with influential people and don’t forget to tell them about your skills any opportunity you get. This will bring you more introductions and possible referrals. Don’t wait till you leave your full-time job to build a relationship, start now. You can meet influencers by attending top networking events or following and engaging social media pages or blogs from people you admire.
- How will you like to deliver your services will: The way you package your service will determine the kind of client you attract. Get creative with how you want to deliver your services, make it understandable and be ready to explain more if your encounter a confused client.
Pricing is another factor to consider when starting up a career in freelancing. Don’t price yourself too low just because you are starting up freelancing. Know your value don’t price yourself lower than your worth. It’s okay if you want to give your clients a discount but you have to know where to draw the line. People can easily detect when you are desperate- try to avoid any form of desperation.
- Create contracts: Create payment schedules and deadlines. Determine how you will like to deliver your work to clients as well as what happens if a client cancels on you. This will not only give the client an idea of how serious you are but also make them understand how your business run and what they are getting themselves into.
A contract also protects you from a lot of things, once the other party realizes that they signed a contract, they would stick to the deal or negotiate better.
The best way to effectively migrate to freelancing while doing a 9-5 is to gain freelancing experience while doing your full-time job. This experience will structure your decision on if you really want to venture into freelancing. Doing this might not be easy in the beginning but it will be worth it eventually if freelancing is really what you want to do.