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#16 Freelance Mastery: Make the Leap to Full-Time Freelancing

Learn how to make the leap to full time freelancing as a freelance professional

Have you ever wondered how you can take your freelance to a full-time venture? The challenge of transitioning over from full-time employment in a company to going for it on your own can be difficult to gauge. It’s not just about the money but it’s also about the timing of when you do it and how you do it in order to maximize its chances of being a successful move. Here are some tips when it comes to making the leap to full-time freelancing.

Prepare your finances

Going freelance isn’t easy and this is particularly so when it comes to your finances. It’s not only difficult for yourself but it may prove challenging to your household or to those who are financially dependent on you as the income provider.

With that being said, it’s essential to prepare your finances and look at how realistic things are when it comes to making the move. It might be that you do have the ability to go freelance or it might not be possible yet. It’s worth assessing your finances but also looking at your budget. How much do you need in order to live the same lifestyle you have now or to simply afford your bills and everything else you pay for?

Create a portfolio or evidence of your work

A portfolio or evidence of your work is really important for your freelance career, especially when you’re only starting out. For example, if you’re a writer and want to do freelance writing, start collating all your writing experience and examples. Any published works or unpublished works should be brought together under one place so that it’s easy to see for those individuals or businesses you pitch to.

Another way of creating a portfolio is by having a website and this tends to be a common feature for freelancers or those starting their own business. It’s a necessity in today’s world and society that’s driven by the internet and technology.

Make it a side hustle first

If in doubt, make it a side hustle to begin with. A lot of individuals who eventually go freelance have been moonlighting until they’re ready to take the plunge. Spend as much time outside of your full-time job as you can to work on your services or products as a freelancer. There will eventually come a point at which you can justify taking it full-time. However, that point is going to vary from person to person and only you will know when the time is right.

Build a reputation

There are lots of benefits to promoting yourself online and offline because it builds your reputation. Reputation is important, especially if you’re offering services and need to create a client list. Don’t be afraid to promote yourself or feel as though it’s something that you should be embarrassed about. It’s essential to sell yourself and market your services or products as a freelancer because no one else will.

Use these tips to prepare yourself and find the right opportunity to take that leap into full-time freelancing.

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