The Gen-Z Guide to Freelancing

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A by creatives, for creatives guide to starting and elevating your freelance business.
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Why should I freelance?

Am I qualified to freelance?

How do i start freelancing?


How do I find ideal clients?

Common freelance mistakes

The downsides

“There is everything a person would need if they were starting out as a freelancer. You thought of everything.”

— Deniz

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What are the downsides of freelancing?

Now, we’ve been talking about all the benefits and ways you can optimize yourself as a freelancer while running your business, but there are some drawbacks that many freelancers don’t realize until they’re in the thick of it.


Consider these potential downsides of becoming a freelancer before quitting your 9-to-5 cold-turkey:


  1. Inconsistent work and income
  2. Dealing with money
  3. Requires excellent organizational skills
  4. Potentially lonely
  5. Difficulty providing “proof of income”

What are the common mistakes freelancers make? And how to avoid them.

A freelancer’s first few months aren’t easy. Mistakes pave the road to success. Thankfully, we’ve already made all these mistakes so that you can avoid them on your freelance journey!


The mistakes you’re about to read have cost us good money and good clients.


So whether you’re currently looking for jobs on outsourcing sites like Upwork, Freelancer, and Fiverr or are finding clients through referrals or cold outreach, the freelance mistakes you’ll want to avoid all remain the same.


This section will offer valuable advice on how you can avoid making the same mistakes.


As a new freelancer, the issue isn’t in getting hired; it’s figuring out the ins and outs of the nature of this line of work.


You might not realize it, but even if you’re an experienced freelancer, you may notice a few of these mistakes as you continue working; here’s what you can do to avoid them.


The most common mistakes freelancers make are the following:


  1. Working with the wrong clients
  2. Working on the wrong platforms
  3. Contract, pricing, and rate mistakes
  4. Not protecting themselves
  5. Poor time management
  6. Not continuing to learn


Read on for more information on each type of mistake and how to avoid it yourself.

How do I find ideal freelance clients?

You’ve learned the basics of how to start freelancing, and you must now begin attracting clients!


Or maybe you already have a few clients and seem to be at a stand-still when it comes to moving your business forward to take in more work or earn more from existing clients.


Either way, we’ll cover it here. Starting with the following:


  1. Identifying my ideal freelance client
  2. Being “discoverable” to clients
  3. Key traits of ideal clients
  4. Finding high-paying freelance clients


But even if you already have some freelance clients on your roster, it’s essential to understand who they are and why they are working with you so you can continue to grow your business.

How do I start freelancing?

Now that you’ve made the big decision to leap into freelancing, you may be at a loss wondering how the heck to get started.


Don’t worry though, we’ve been there and we gotchu.


Of course, you can get started working right away if you already have clients lined up, but there are a few facets of your freelance business that will need attention sooner rather than later.


To get started freelancing, you should be able to address the following:


  1. Setting up your freelance business
  2. Creating a freelance business plan
  3. How to find freelance clients
  4. How to conduct sales calls
  5. Protection for new freelancers before getting started


Learn how to prepare for the launch of your freelance business.

Am I qualified to freelance?

Freelancing is finally coming out on top of the 9-to-5 rat race, and we’re here for it! After learning the many reasons why people choose to freelance like flexibility, independence, earning potential, and career development, it can be important to discover whether you really fit the bill as a potential freelancer before jumping in with both feet.


What do you need to do to begin freelancing this year? Ultimately, it’s up to you. Your business is entirely in your hands as a freelancer. Luckily, there is an increasing demand for freelancers to solve many types of client problems, and the service you provide will be the answer for many clients.


The steps outlined in this chapter will help you reach your goals as a freelancer. Do not waste too much time planning; the industry moves fast and requires continuous learning and upkeep! If you want to make your freelance career a reality, you need to get started and take action.


If you’re still on the fence about whether a freelance career is something you want to pursue, take a look at these factors that will greatly influence your success:


  1. Existing Skills
  2. Defining Services
  3. Managing a Business
  4. Finding Clients
  5. Time Commitment


Still curious? Read on to learn whether you’re cut out for a freelance career.

Why Should I Freelance?

Let’s start off by saying that there is no single reason why people choose a freelance career. Many potential factors could contribute to someone’s desire to freelance. Whether it’s a full-time pursuit, a part-time supplement to a full-time job, or a passionate moonlighting experience to learn new skills, freelancers have many different reasons to do what they do.


Some of the key factors people pursue freelancer careers include the following:


  1. Flexibility
  2. Income
  3. Independence
  4. Skills


In this chapter, we’ll look at some of the reasons why you should consider freelancing as a viable career option this year.

The Gen-Z Guide to freelancing

Why should I freelance?
How do I start freelancing?
Common freelance mistakes
Am I qualified to freelance?
How do I find ideal clients?
The downsides

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