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17/10/2013

How to make Freelancing to be The Perfect “Second Career”.

Sometimes the start of your career can be tough. You’re trying your hardest to move up in your job, and an entry-level income often just doesn’t cut it. To supplement their incomes, many Generation Y take on second, part-time jobs as freelancers.

Freelancing part-time requires good time management skills. You need to be willing to devote an appropriate amount of time to both jobs for them to be worthwhile. Deciding to freelance in your spare time means you’ll
have to give some things up. If you decide to take on freelancing, it needs to be right for you.

Here are some tips to help you get your “second career” as a freelancer started…

1. Talk to Those in the Know
Ask those who already freelance how they regulate their time, what the challenges are, and what they enjoy about it. Determine if freelancing will benefit you. This person might even be willing to mentor you along the way.

2. Establish a Schedule

Even if you don’t have clients yet, it’s important to manage your time from the beginning. Put some time in your schedule to develop a business plan and reach out to potential clients. Make this a specific time every week so you don’t put your freelance work on the back burner. Structure is key.
Set up a Digital Presence (Now!)

Next, an easy way to kick off your freelancing career is to set up a website and your presence on social media. Your site should include a portfolio of your work to showcase to potential clients. That and your social media profiles should also include contact information and anything else you think is valuable to your potential customers (while leaving off the fluff!).

3. Leverage Your Network

If you’ve been networking throughout your career, now’s a time when your contacts will really come into play. Let your network know about your new job. Offer to help them out, and ask them to share your name with people in need of your service. Continue building your network to pick up more potential clients.
Be Selective

Be careful to avoid taking on too many clients. Remember, for now this is just a part-time job. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself. Taking on too many clients is any easy way to fail as a freelancer. Take on one client at a time to figure out your limit.

These are the key to making freelancing work for you, and for your career. Soon, your experience will show… and you’ll have established yourself as a subject matter expert, and a proven performer!

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