The digital age has brought about numerous opportunities to offer services and earn more money. Almost everything nowadays could be done at home – from online shopping all the way to providing professional services. Enter the freelancing business. But, what exactly does it mean to leave the corporate world and become a freelancer?
First, freelancers are no different from business owners, doctors or lawyers. There is no employer-employee relationship, which means you are your own boss. As such, you have to establish a harmonious connection with the people you render your professional services to – your clients.
Second, consider yourself a professional in your own field. Competition is tight in the realm of freelancing, which means quality is the name of the game. Just like doctors with stethoscopes, you have to make sure you have high-grade tools for the trade. In the online teaching industry, it is imperative that you have a reliable PC, a stable internet connection, and a quiet work space. So, whether you’re a writer, a marketer, a virtual assistant or an online teacher, you have to make sure you provide your services as ethically as possible and communicate with your clients as professionally as possible.
Finally, freelancers are, in fact, business owners. Having said that, you also have legal responsibilities to attend to. This means filing your own taxes. Dodging or avoiding this simply won’t do. Sure, you could get creative and find a workaround but remember, paying your dues says a lot about you and your business.
So, before you decide to quit your day-time job and jump on the bandwagon of fulltime freelancing, we encourage you to consider the key points mentioned above. As with all other jobs out there, having a freelance stint online isn’t a walk in the park. You would need the perfect combination of professionalism, expertise, soft skills and tech-savviness to get you off the ground and become successful. It may not be easy but the rewards, as they say, could be limitless.
This post was written by Bizmates Philippines, Inc.