In addition to blogging, I own a freelance business. I took a break from freelancing when I was pregnant with baby number two. So today, I’m sharing my experience jumping back into the freelance business world. And since I’ve now done this twice now, I’m sharing the fastest way to start a freelance business.
Start A Freelance Business
When you start thinking you want to start a freelance business, it’s easy to let fear take over. You may think, you don’t know enough yet. You don’t know how to start or where to find clients or how to charge for your services. Perhaps you think,
I don’t have any experience. No one is going to hire me and why should I even try to start a freelance business if I already know no one is going to hire me?
So this is the point when most people generally say, “I’m not cut out to be a freelancer.”
And the dream of starting a freelance business dies. So here’s the secret.
The Fastest Way to Start A Freelance Business
The secret is that the fastest way to start a freelance business is just to get started. You have to block out the excuses and just get started.
Just get started.
I know it seems waaaay too simple to just get started when you doubt that you have the experience to do the work or the knowledge to run the business.
And that’s fair, but think about it. No matter what type of freelance business you want to start (freelance writing, web development, graphic design, bookkeeping, etc..), you’re never going to know if you’re any good until you just get started.
Sometimes, you need to test out new things before you commit.
Test Your Freelance Business
I’m a big believer that business owners need to promote their businesses online, and I share how to start a blog and build a website. BUT, before you invest a whole lot of money in a website and all of the business trappings, why not test it out first?
You can join a freelance community like, Upwork.
Join Upwork for free, and bid on jobs for free. If free is your preferred price range, then go for it but be forewarned, with the free membership, you contact potential clients to be allowed to bid on jobs. Your ability to bid is based on the client’s invitation to bid. If, however, you can invest a little, Upwork’s first tier membership is $10 and it allows you to bid for work directly to potential clients without an invitation.
For full disclosure, I’m a freelance writer. I prefer to write proposals, but sometimes I provide business writing services too. When I first started back to freelance writing, I wanted to test it out and see if I could make money. I paid $10 for one month of membership at Upwork, and I got two small jobs.
After one week of part-time work (less than 15 hours), I made over $350 for a few hours of work. There’s no affiliate program for Upwork. So, this is not a pitch. I just wanted to share my experience. I have to admit, for a test, it was pretty dang impressive.
Please know. This test isn’t about getting rich. This is a test to see if you can make money with this freelance business. If you’re a writer, write. Check out other peoples’ rates and make YOUR rate super competitive so that you can get work!
Not Sure What Freelance Business To Start?
If you want to make some money freelancing but you’re not sure what to do or what skill you could use to make money, take a look at these 5 Tips to Makeover Your Career and Work At Home. There’s also this Epic List Of Work At Home Careers to give you some ideas on things you can do.
You can also sign up for my free 5-Day Dream Business Challenge. Over those five days, we’ll generate business ideas and figure out what you want to create for your freelance business.
You don’t have to be the BEST writer, bookkeeper, designer, illustrator, etc. to be a good freelancer and to own a freelance business. You just need to have a pretty clear idea of what you want to do and how you want to make money. Your skill will come with time.
The fastest way to start a freelance business is to get started and test it out. That’s the secret. Do. The. Work.
The more work you do, the faster you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t. You learn, my friend, by doing.
Ready to get started?