I understand that working a full-time job nowadays might not be enough to pay the bills. But you know what? Another viable option to make money is freelancing.
I’d recommend becoming a freelancer to anyone who is looking for flexibility and independence that you just can’t get with a second job. Sure, the work becomes sporadic, cash flow fluctuates, and there are no benefits but there’s freedom. So, if you’re ready to make that change, here are some helpful tips on how to make money freelancing.
How to Make Money Freelancing: 6 Tips to Help You Get Started
Becoming a freelancer isn’t an easy task. It requires a level of responsibility that many people just aren’t prepared for and that’s okay if this isn’t for you. However, if you’re ready to make a shift into becoming your own boss, this is certainly a way to get started. Below are some tips on how you can really make money freelancing.
If you know you’re ready to take the next step and become a freelancer, CONGRATULATIONS! It’s quite rewarding being your own boss. But, make sure you know exactly what you want to do.
If you just decide to jump off the deep-end into the freelancing world but don’t have a clue what niche you’re in, you’re not going to have a very enjoyable experience as a freelancer. Especially if you’re interested in really making money.
So, how do you find the niche that works for you? Well, first decide what you’re really passionate about doing. If you already know your passion, great!
Now ask yourself these questions:
- Who are my target customers? (describe your ideal client; who are you trying to reach?)
- What problems are they having and how will I be able to help solve these problems?
- Is there any competition? If so, who are my competitors?
- Is this profitable?
These questions are important because it helps you determine who you’re targeting and why as well as if you can really make money doing this. And before you ask, no, not every niche is highly profitable. That doesn’t mean you should choose a niche just based on its profitability if you don’t really have any passion for it. The reason most freelancers make decent money is because they enjoy what they do. When you love what you do, it’s not a job (that’s why I love my freelance work!).
2) Take Your Skills to the Next Level
So, you got your niche, now what skills do you possess to take yourself to the next level? Better yet, what skills do you need in order to help you succeed in freelancing?
Well, of course, you need to exude a certain level of responsibility because now you’re responsible for everything you do. You’re the boss and that comes with a bigger load than your job because it’s no longer just your time that you’re trading in for money.
The must-have skills are persistence, time management, and communication. But if you want to really make money, then expand on your skills.
If you’re looking to expand on valuable skills, learn:
- Blog Writing
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Sales Leadership
That’s just to name a few, there’s a vast list of things you can learn to put yourself ahead as a freelancer. You’re basically marketing yourself (not to mention marketing is another great skill to learn).
3) Clarify Your Services
The services that you offer should reflect the customers that you’re targeting for the niche you’re in. So, be sure to clarify exactly what your services are. If you’re a financial consultant, clearly define what you will offer to people. When I say be clear about your services, be detailed.
For example, as a financial consultant:
- Do you only provide advice?
- Will you help with financial planning such as insurance and investment decisions?
- What about doing things on your clients’ behalf, will you be buying/selling any investments for them?
This is an important step and will help you determine what you really want to do for your customers. It’s up to you what you will provide and when it’s clearly defined, you won’t have to constantly explain what you’re offering.
4) Pricing: How Much Will You Charge?
Once you’re clear on what services you provide, price your services accordingly. Your charges can be project-based or per hour. It’s up to you. For example, truckers can charge based on the mileage or the load and writers can charge per post or per word.
An interior designer can charge based on the type of project or per hour. Some freelancers tend to charge based on the customer and their needs because they understand that not every customer is the same so the pricing will reflect that.
- your worth
- your skills
- competitor prices
- costs that you have to pay in order to deliver the service to a customer
How long you’ve been in business is something else to take into account since prices can increase the longer you’ve been doing your job. More experience = more pay. Remember, this is your business and no one can tell you what you should charge, this is your area.
5) Build Up Your Credibility
Your credibility is important because this helps you build your clientele. Anyone that I offer my services to will know upfront what my prices are as well as what skills I have to offer. As a beginner, you just need to be transparent with your customers and remember to be consistent.
Once you’ve built a nice client base (maybe 2 or 3 customers), ask if they could offer recommendations to others to build up more clients. Word of mouth is always a great way to get your business out in the public (and unlike ads, it’s free)!
6) Set Up Your Site or Profile
The last step is creating your website, or setting up your profile on a freelancer job board. You’ll want to make it pop and really showcase your abilities.
Remember, you are marketing yourself. This is where you can place testimonials and educate people with valuable content about what you do and how you can help them.
If you’re looking to set up your profile on job boards, look at sites like:
There are others but these are the ones I have experience with and would recommend to a budding freelancer. So, if you’re not ready for a website just yet, a job board is just as good to showcase your freelance business.
Start Freelancing!… The Ball is in Your Court
If you were asking yourself how to make money freelancing, I hope that the above steps have prompted you to get started. It really isn’t that difficult. You just need to set up the basic framework and then get out there and make it happen!
Are you ready to get started?
If you’re already freelancing, are there any tips you’d give to budding freelancers out there? Any experiences you’d want to share?
AUTHOR LaTia Longuemire
My name is LaTia Longuemire. I enjoy writing, singing, and cooking in my spare time. My passion is helping others. At this stage in my lifetime, I'm primarily focused on my children. They are everything that keeps my world spinning.