by Toni Nelson
One of my favorite channels to watch is HGTV. What initially drew me to the channel were the shows Property Virgins and House Hunters. Now they have shows like Hawaii Life, Island Life etc.
As I watch these shows I learn about locations from all around the world. I also find it fascinating to see what types of jobs these people have.
The reasons they are looking for new homes include wanting to make a lifestyle change or starting a new job.
The other day as I was watching a woman and her husband were looking for a home with views of the ocean. The husband had taken a promotion and his wife was a freelance writer. As they searched she was looking for an office with a view to inspire her. I can relate to that because my office has a beautiful tropical view. In my opinion you need to have a work environment that you love to go to. One that fosters inspiration.
This episode made me think of the different people I’ve worked with who want to start their own business. Many are looking for their dream job of working from anywhere in the world. Then there are women who want to be able to stay home with their children. What do many turn to in order to do this?
They become digital freelancers. Digital freelancing refers to any type of freelancer that works online.
Before the Internet I remember purchasing a book about Freelance Photography. The book had publications and other information where you could contact people to offer your services. It required cold calling, snail mail etc.
The Internet however has changed things dramatically. There are so many opportunities and places to explore to offer your services.
For example you can find people on Twitter and start to build a repor with the people in the industry you are looking to freelance in.
You can use LinkedIn, Google Plus and of course Facebook.
There are online forums you can become part of.
Contrary to a commercial I saw the other day where they said “all you need is a website and you are in business” there are certain things you need to have in place if you want to be successful as a freelancer.
Setting up your business might be more involved than you thought but these steps are necessary if you want to plan for success.
As with any business you need to have a business plan that outlines the steps you need to take.
One of the first things you should consider is the type of work you are going to offer to your clients.
As you think about starting your freelance business think about the skills you already have. Can they be used to start your business?
The most successful people I’ve worked with are those that love doing what they do. They’d gladly do it for free if they could.
So what are you passionate about? When you close your eyes and think of your dream job what are you doing?
Need some inspiration?
Let’s start with this list of skills you can offer.
- Graphic Design
- Editing and Proof Reading
- Book Cover Designs
- Social Media Manager
- Virtual Assistant
Of course it would be helpful if you already have skills you can use but if not there are plenty of places to get the education you need.
From personal experience learning PhotoShop was one of the best skills I have learned. It made editing my wedding and portrait photographs so much easier. Being able to restore an old photo of my parents was priceless. Being able to do bring back memories for other families is not only rewarding but a lot of fun! Once you have PhotoShop Skills you can go on to start a Tee Shirt Design Business. One of the branches of our photography business is creating note cards for a local gift shop. If I wanted I could also offer to make calendars and so much more.
When I learned PhotoShop I had to travel to attend workshops that were several days long. It was expensive but worth the time and effort.
Learning PhotoShop has opened the door to so many business opportunities.
Today you can learn PhotoShop from the comfort of your own home! That’s another perk of the digital age we live in.
Knowing PhotoShop has enabled me to use my creativity when creating book covers , making Infographics or other design elements. This skill enables me to offer graphic design services.
Are you a creative person? Then gaining this skill might be just what you are looking for to start your freelance business.
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So what are some of the other steps you need to take once you decide on the type of service you’d like to offer?
- Selecting a name
- Setting your rates
- Getting testimonials
- Payment System
- Client ordering system
- Deciding on how much work you will take on
- Finding clients
In order to start a solid freelancing business you need to give it thought, planning and effort.
It will take time to get your business up and running but the sooner you start the sooner you will be on your way to creating the lifestyle that resonates with your heart and mind.
Be Savvy and Successful!
I’m Toni Nelson. My first business was started almost 30 years ago out of a desire to be home more for my daughter. Since that time I’ve helped others start and grow their business. Seeking to empower women I wrote my first book: Sexy, Savvy and Successful! – A Woman’s Guide On How To Start A Business, Gain Financial Freedom and Buy More Shoes! After reading my book people kept asking me what they needed to do next. How could they get training? That’s when I became the Founder of The Mine System Of Learning. I wanted to produce courses to help people gain or sharpen their skills so they could claim ownership of their business and say, “Yes! It’s MINE”!
My second book: The Secret Equation To Attracting More Clients – Marketing + P Factor + Video = $$$$ helps businesses find out what makes them different so they can stand out from the competition and attract more clients.
As an Award winning Videographer and Photographer I’ve been published in such places as DIY Bride, Kiss My Tule and the Florida Wedding Atlas. My video expertise has been featured on The American Express Open Forum.