Freelancing is a hot topic right now, and it’s going to keep getting hotter.
Because businesses are struggling. They have higher taxes, higher fees, and higher insurance costs. In short, it’s getting harder for them to run a profitable business, and business owners have more and more risk.
And what does this mean for you? It means that with the increased risk that there will be a decrease in full-time jobs. And the jobs that do exist will be harder to get.
But businesses still have work to do, and that’s where freelancers come in. Freelancers allow companies to get more work done, but not have the risk of hiring employees. And companies pay good money to avoid risk, and so they don’t have to lay anyone off.
And this is the main reason why there are more freelancers each year, and the number keeps on climbing. According to a recent report by freelancersunion.com, over 35% of the workers in the USA freelance. That’s over one third! And all signs point to having more and more freelancers each and every year. Don’t believe me, check out this article here, and this one too.
So what does that mean for you?
The biggest takeaway is that you should start freelancing now. It takes time to learn how to find clients, how to invoice them, and how to manage yourself as a freelancer. And if you worry that your job is on the line then the time to learn the craft of freelancing was 5 years ago. But since time travel only exists in movies then you can choose the second best time to start freelancing: now.
But how do you start?
The best way to start is to take on a side project, and complete it. Then get a testimonial, and got get another project.
And then just keep on repeating the process.
This way you can keep your current job, get experience on the sidejob (also called moonlighting), and just scale the freelancing if it takes off.
Worst case is that you’ll have a few late nights, learn some more skills, and they end up being a bad client. But that’s okay, just take your experience (and your payment), and do a better job of pre-qualifying your clients (some might say that not getting paid is the worst case, but I’ve always been paid when I have a signed contract, so use contracts!).
Best case is that you make some money, get more work, and you keep on freelancing.
And in the end, it’s up to you. If you want to stay in your cushy job, and hope that you’ll never get laid off, then that’s okay. But if I were you, I’d start learning how to freelance, and how to make money on the side.
Your future self will thank you for it.
P.S. If you want to start freelancing you have two options. You can wait, patiently, while I post new articles. Or, if you want to start freelancing and earning money this week, I have a course you can take. By taking the course you’ll learn how to specialize, how to find clients, and how to price your services. So sign up, and find out how you can make twice as much freelancing than as an employee.