When you are stuck with a 9 to 5 job and realize you could put your energy into your own projects, shift your thoughts into an entrepreneurial mindset and you will be amazed by the flip that you could give to your professional career. Most people think an entrepreneur is just the founder of a recently launched startup or a business owner, this is not completely true, being a Freelancer meets the title as well.
If you are an expert and would like to switch your professional career, this article can guide you in your journey to becoming a freelancer.
According to Entrepreneur Magazine there are 4 basics you need to take into consideration:
1 – Market yourself
The marketing aspect is as important as the experience, you could be the best expert, but if your prospect does not know you, the probabilities of having future contracts is reduced. You should have an online presence in social media in a professional way, use a blog to share your experiences in the field, build a website with your portfolio of previous projects and join an industry organization where you can do networking with potential clients.
2 – Create a guideline
Now that you will become your own boss, it is important to set goals, schedules, and objectives that match those of the industry; You should make sure to identify exactly what is the final service, product and/or deliverable you’re providing to your client as well as when and how you are going to deliver. Make you client happy!
3 – Choose the right tools
While you perform your job, establish a fixed way of communication with your client. Feedback in the process will definitely allow you to present and deliver a higher quality result. Don´t hesitate to use the available technology to share the stages of your project.
4 – You’re not perfect, so call them back and work harder
When a job is done, you should contact your client, maybe one or two weeks after, and ask them for feedback. When a constructive critic is given, offer the chance to improve your work, and if positive comments come, ask them to recommend your work to others, give you their testimonial and endorse you in social media. A reference point is going to be crucial for your future career.
5 – Bonus Point
To give you one example of an upcoming opportunity; according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, an addition of 17 830 engineers will be needed every year for the next ten years. Besides this, companies find hard to justify hiring a full-time engineer for a project that would last less than a year… Can you spot the opportunity?
Now that you know the opportunity is here, look for information in the industry you would like to work in, identify the challenges it is facing and focus on the problems ahead. Use the insights we’re providing you in this article and start your new entrepreneurial journey!