Freelancing is a top choice among people who want to live a location independent lifestyle. If you haven’t been a freelancer or independent consultant before, the thought of getting started can be daunting. There are plenty of important topics to understand when freelancing, including branding, service offerings, marketing, contracts, customer relations, pricing, legal and taxes, just to name a few.
Luckily, there are a number of great sites out there dedicated to making life easier for freelancers. If you’re just getting started (or are already in business but want a refresher), you should check out some of these 7 essential articles about how to become a freelancer.
- 30 Days to Become a Freelancer (Skelliewag)
- A Comprehensive Guide to Starting Your Freelance Career
- How to Become a Freelance Web Developer (Nettuts+)
- 101 Reasons Freelancers Do it Better (HR World)
- 5 Must-Have Qualities to Become a Top Freelancer (Freelance Folder)
- The Roadmap To Becoming A Professional Freelance Web Designer (Smashing Magazine)
- 53 Steps to follow if you want to become Freelance Web Designer/Developer (60+ Resources) (Speckyboy)
Skellie has laid out a great step-by-step plan in this article for getting started as a freelancer. Follow her plan, and at the end of 30 days you’ll be well on your way to a successful freelancing career.
The title says it all. This truly is a comprehensive guide to becoming a freelancer. It includes advice on branding, quoting and estimating, finding work, billing, delivery and everything else you need to know to turn freelancing into a full-fledged business.
I know, I know, these first three articles are written for sites that are all part of the same Envato network. What can I say, they really know their stuff about freelancing. This article is focused on becoming a Web Developer, but much of the advice is really applicable to any type of freelancing.
This isn’t so much a guide to becoming a freelancer, but it provides 101 excellent reasons why freelancers enjoy a better lifestyle.
How do you know if you have what it takes to become a top freelancer? Glen Allsopp of PluginID talks about the key “soft skills” you need to have to make it.
You’ll notice that several of the articles listed here like this one are focused on becoming a freelance web developer or designer. That’s because it’s probably the most popular type of freelancing job. This is probably the longest and most detailed of all the resources in this list. It especially goes into the branding, design and marketing elements of freelancing, just as you would expect from Smashing Magazine.
53 steps may sound a little daunting, but they are presented here in an easy-to-digest list form. Plus, some of the steps are easy to tackle, and all of them are important. Each one comes with some additional resources you can click on to learn more.
I hope this list will help you if you’re hoping to launch a successful freelancing career. There’s even more great stuff out there, but this should be more than enough to get started. If you have other tips or questions, please share them in the comments below!
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