If you’re thinking of going freelance you might be wondering whether it’s right for you or whether you’re prepared enough to go ahead with it.
You may be worried that you’re not ready but remember that there’s probably no perfect time to take the plunge. If you’re serious about it, then being as prepared as possible will help ease your worries and make you feel ready.
In fact you’re probably more ready than you think. Here are six signs that you might be ready to go ahead and give freelancing a try.
You crave independence
Would you rather do things your own way? If you’re thinking about how differently you’d run things yourself on a regular basis at work, this could be a sign that you’re more suited to being a business owner than an employee.
As a freelancer you’re more or less on your own. If this sounds great to you, then this could be a good indication that you’re suited to the freelance lifestyle.
You want freedom
Nowadays the old 9-5 is getting a lot of criticism. Long hours at the office are thought to be bad for productivity, stress and achieving a good work-life balance. While some companies are testing out shorter working days and flexible working, the majority have a lot of catching up to do.
So if you’re after a way out of the structure of a traditional working day, then freelancing might be a good step for you. You’re free to structure your day according to how you work best. So if you work better at night, you can schedule your more important tasks for then.
You love learning new things
If you like to research and learn new skills, good news, you’re going to have to do plenty of this as a new freelancer. Not only will you have to improve your skills around client work, you’ll also have to learn about marketing, business admin, website management and managing finances too.
You’ve already started a side hustle
The best first step you can take is to start selling your services as a side hustle. This enables you to experiment and learn things along the way with the financial safety net of a regular income from your job.
You’ll be busy working a job and running a business but this is how most people start out and you learn how to be more efficient and organised along the way.
You don’t expect work to find you
If you think all you have to do is build a website and post a couple of tweets and work will fall in your lap, think again. If you realise that finding clients is going to take a lot of time and effort then you’re on the right track.
You’ve got financial backup
Whether you’re keeping your day job on the side or you’ve saved up a good deal of money, you’re going to need a bit of a safety net. The early days of freelancing will be quiet unless you’ve already got work lined up. So it’s handy to have a fund to rely on if you don’t end up making enough money to pay all your bills yet.
Do you think you’re ready to go freelance? Or have you already and have some tips to share? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!