Making the leap into freelance work

Making the jump into freelance work and the world of the unknown can be very daunting. Becoming self-employed and being your own boss when you’ve never had that experience before is bound to make you slightly apprehensive. In the past few months, I’ve learnt a lot and I’m learning new things every day. If you’re thinking about going into freelance work or you’ve just taken the first steps to becoming a freelancer then these tips may help.

* Take a look at your finances – can you afford to make the leap into freelance work? Check your outgoings every month so you know how much you need to realistically earn…which leads me nicely onto my next point.

* How much are you going to charge for your services? The best way to work out your hourly rate is to work out how much work you can complete (to a high quality standard) within one hour. For instance, if you’re a writer you could work out how many words you can write within an hour (to a good standard with research, if needed). So, if you can write 500 words an hour, you can work out how much you’re going to charge and use this as a guide. A job for 1000 words would then be based on your two hour rate.

* Dont under value yourself. There are many jobs out there that are very low paid for freelancers. In some parts of the world this may be good value but for the UK its likely to be very low. Keep in mind that the current minimum wage is £6.50 for adults.

*Dont price yourself out. Yes, you want to be charging a good rate for your work but you dont want to overcharge either as you may struggle to get work.

*Know where to look for opportunities (post coming soon on this very topic!).

*Make a space at home for working – create some desk space for your new venture. It doesnt have to be an expensive project. Ikea, ebay and even car boots are good places to look for cheap desks and accessories.

* Keep organised. Keep notebooks, diaries and planners, It will help you so much to keep track of your time, your projects and your finances.