Today I wanted to write a blog post for you about what exactly I mean when I’m talking about freelancing. I have had a few queries from people recently asking what exactly is meant when I talk about freelancing. It seems to me like a lot of people have the idea that freelancing is limited to jobs like graphic design or creating websites, but this is definitely not the case.
Good old Wikipedia defines a freelancer as follows:
“A freelancer or freelance worker, is a term commonly used for a person who is self-employed and is not necessarily committed to a particular employer long-term”
So, freelancing is really just about using the skills that you have to create a business where you can work independently. It is not limited to a particular skill set or industry.
If you have watched my Beginners Guide to Freelancing Video you will have seen that I talked in there about some different models of freelance careers there might be slightly different from what you have heard of before. So, in this post today I wanted to talk you through a couple of examples so that you can see perhaps how you could use your own skills to create a freelance business that is a bit outside of what you might have expected.
One of the examples I talk about quite often is the example of an office manager. Traditionally an office manager would work in an office space as part of a team, or as perhaps a support person for a professional. But, in this day and age so much of our work can be done electronically and there is absolutely no reason why you can’t create a business for yourself using the skills that you have gained in your employment to be able to do office management work remotely.
There are a lot of entrepreneurs that need help from an assistant who cannot necessarily afford to employ somebody full-time but would really appreciate the help of having an office assistant to do jobs such as perhaps payroll, invoicing or even just to take phone messages. If you were able to find several clients who needed that kind of assistance you can see how quickly it would be possible for you to build up a pretty good level of work from home tasks that you can do and that you can get paid for that you are having to leave your home.
The advantage of this kind of job is not just for you but also for your customer. You can see how you can promote yourself as providing a simple solution for the customer saving them time and energy having to deal with those administrative tasks that take away from the real job and how also for yourself you could do a lot of those sorts of jobs in the hours that suit you and around your family and other commitments. Plus what is great about this is that you’ve more than likely already got both the skills and the resources (aka a computer, cell phone and internet connection) to get started right away.
Another example of creating a freelance career that is a bit outside of the norm is teaching from home. When we think of teachers we generally think of the traditional role where you are working in front of the classroom, but there’s no reason why you can’t use the skills that you had as a teacher to create a completely different business model. For example, if you are a teacher and you want to work from home why could you not provide services as a tutor for children who need additional assistance outside of school hours. Another alternative may be to provide online support for families who have chosen to home school their children while they are travelling.
What I’m trying to show you from this post is that there are loads of opportunities for so many different career types. It may require a little creative thinking that more often than not there are opportunities and almost every area of work.
If you are struggling to come up with ideas for how you could create a freelance business for yourself get along to thefreelancemama.com and check out my freebies tab and check out my Beginners Guide to Freelancing. In this guide I take you through an exercise on how you can identify a freelance opportunity for yourself using the skills you already have.
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