Freelance Channel Podcast
About This Show
The Freelance Channel podcast is a resource for anything online freelancing. It's an information driven program to help all freelancers from every stage, whether you're just starting out or have been a freelancer all your life, this program is for you.
We bring stories and life experiences to inspire, educate, and disseminate to help effect change in the lives of people through freelancing.
We tackle issues, tips and talk about platforms like oDesk, Elance, Freelancer, Fiverr and more. Visit our website at www.certifiedfreelance.com.
Most Recent Episode
Ep3: Is Freelancing Sustainable: My 6th Year Anniversary as a Freelancer
Aug 28 15
This month of August marks my sixth year as a freelancer and I tell you, It's just unbelievable. But the good thing is, it's for real and working online, at your home is not what many people think, that it's a scam. And I am here as a living proof of how real freelancing and online jobs is.
Now, in today's episode I intend to speak about the reality and the life of being a freelancer and what makes freelancing special.
I know I still have a lot of things to learn but with the six years of experience that I've had, I do have a couple of things that I can share with you especially to those who are still planning to start or to those who have just started. Why more and more people are joining in this new way of working and hopefully, at the end of this episode, those of you who are not yet convinced or not yet fully sold out to the idea of working on your own, will take action and just give freelancing a chance.
1. First thing you have to consider is the fact the freelancing is not easy. I've said it before and I say it again.
It's not easy and I don't think there's anything easy if you're just starting out. You have to learn and cope and adapt and innovate. But if you will work hard and do due diligence, by God's grace, you will never starve. For six years now, I've seen the great potential with freelancing. And to tell you frankly it's really just the first step that's the hardest and most challenging to take.
Once you're in it, you'll never look back at working the regular 9-5 job that gives you the minimum wage.
2. The second thing you'll have to face when you go freelance is that the life of a freelancer has it's own ups and downs. Sometimes you have a ton of clients and projects to work on, and at times you'll lose some. The key thing to keep in mind when freelancing is building relationship. There are a people that you'd think or consider as a competitor but if you know how to build relationships and network with those people, you'll find that these competitions will even be your referral sources.
I think there's enough client and project for everyone. When you work with a client, you need to give them the best experience. It's not good for you in the short term, you will also find that this will give you the rewards in the long term. Don't take those little projects for granted.
3. Another thing I've learned with freelancing is that you have to know when it's time to turn your solo gig