I Want to Freelance Too! Tips On How You Can Start a Career as a Freelancer

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So you heard… freelancing is the ‘in’ thing right now. Most likely, you’re already friends with someone who’s a freelance writer/virtual assistant/graphic artist work-at-home mom who swears that freelancing is the best decision she ever made. With the freedom to work anywhere and anytime, being surrounded by family and friends; it really can be an intriguing career for someone who’s looking for ways to earn more money.

Now this might have you thinking… How do I start a career as a freelancer?’ With the number of websites on where you can get a guide to this new profession, you can easily create your own profile and start looking for projects. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Most people who start a career as a freelancer are often unsure of the type of work that awaits them. While there are others who can flawlessly write a 500-word article in 30-minutes or less, some struggle in constructing a whole paragraph. If this is something you can relate with, being a writer may not be a good idea for you.

So how do you know what type of freelancing work is best for you?

Assess Yourself

No one knows you better than you know yourself. If you can easily type a 1000-word article in 30 minutes, you may consider a career in transcribing. Do you love to create graphic designs? You might find a freelance graphic artist gig. If you enjoy doing research and compiling data, you might be lucky as a virtual assistant. The important thing is, you assess yourself carefully so that you don’t overvalue yourself. Remember the important rule in freelancing: Don’t oversell yourself if you can’t deliver. When you know what you’re good at, you will be able to find a job that you can excel in.

Don’t be Afraid to Try New Things

While you know yourself and what you’re capable of, it always pays to keep trying new things; especially when you’re freelancing. Nowadays, the market for a Filipino virtual assistant is becoming saturated with fresher blood and cheaper hours. If you’re not willing to try new things, you might not be able to keep up with the demands of your clients. Just think of this as a way for you to keep improving yourself. Since freelancers rarely get a chance for promotion, learning new things will help add valuable skills to your portfolio.

Join a Facebook Group for Fellow Freelancers

Believe it or not, most freelancers want to help each other out. By joining a Facebook group like     Philippine Virtual Assistant Network, you can get tips and updates on potential job openings, new trends, and other issues that may help you with your freelance career. It’s also a great way you can meet new friends whom you will be able to relate with throughout your freelance career. After all, no one truly understands the life and struggles of a freelancer unless he is one.

Freelancing can be a very lucrative and enjoyable career. Are you ready to give it a start?

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Christine, a resident writer of Philippine Virtual Assistant Network has been a freelance writer for four years. Apart from writing, she has worked on other tasks such as Virtual Assistance, Social Media Management, and Project Manager. When she's not working, she's either cooking or spending time with family and Christian friends.

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