Freelancing is getting more and more popular as a profession because freelance workers can earn what they need while not needing an employer’s supervisor to monitor them. If you’re considering becoming one, there is certainly potential to do better than what you would do working for someone else, but here are a few tips to make sure you know what you’re getting into.
Consider Using A Freelance Service Broker
One thing you have to remember as a freelancer is that you’re now responsible for marketing your talents and services, and you’ll need to find clients who need them. If you go through a broker, they’ll have ways of advertising or connecting you directly with a client so that you can get started working with them immediately. Most brokers will have websites you can sign up on, and while there are brokers who have a wide variety of freelance services listed, others may have specific freelance niches. But the good news is going through a broker can eliminate international barriers to getting work.
Make Sure You Get A Written And Signed Agreement With Your Client
You want to make sure you get some form of a work contract with your client so that they acknowledge the services you’re performing, and agree to pay you accordingly. In some cases, the service broker will be mediating the work ensuring that clients pay, and that freelancers perform the work up to the quality specified. But in instances where they don’t, you’ll want to have the proper paperwork and agreements in place to ensure that clients are legally obligated to honor your services. If you’re unsure how to do this, you may want to consult a legal professional.
Make Sure You’ve Established A Reliable Way To Receive Payments
Not only do you need to establish that you will get paid, but you also need to establish how you will. First you’ll want to establish your payment period, although this could vary depending on whether you’re going to be paid by the hour or just after project completion. But you also want to make sure your client knows how to send money as payment for your services in the way that works for you. The slowest and most unreliable way to receive money is by check in snail mail, especially if it’s being sent overseas. The fastest way to receive money is through a wire transfer which can get the funds to your bank account in hours or even minutes sometimes, but it also is the most expensive. You and your client may want to choose an option in the middle such as a money transfer app that’s quicker than snail mail but not as fast as an instant wire transfer.
Make Sure You Have A Schedule You Will Follow
You may love that you can now set your own hours and work at home as a freelancer, but it’s still important to be motivated and follow a personal schedule. You need to do this because clients will usually have deadlines that they need for the finished product or service. But you also want to develop productive habits that can boost your reputation for being a reliable freelancer. Whether you plan to work mornings, afternoons, evenings or late nights, stay consistent and keep in mind that some international clients have specific time zone needs.
The bottom line is the freelance world has a wide variety of niches, and if you have the skills for it, you can work hard and go as far as you want. But you still need to know your legal implications of joining it and stay organized while getting work done.