Are you starting your career as a Freelancer? – Read this!
Have you just finished your school or your course and want to start your career as a freelancer in your area of expertise? What does it mean to be a freelancer exactly? Is there anything you need to be careful with and look out for? We have collected some tips to help you get started – read on!
WHAT IS A FREELANCER?
Being a freelancer simply means that you are self-employed. You are your own boss. You work as an independent contractor and take the jobs of your choice. You don’t have a long-term contract and you will only get paid for the jobs you have taken on and completed.
IS IT WORTH BEING A FREELANCER?
When you’re freelancing, there are many benefits as well as some drawbacks, as with anything in life. You won’t have two days the same, that’s for sure!
Everything will truly depend on you. You have to be motivated enough not to become lazy and just say “I will look for a job tomorrow.” It will be all on you to find jobs and earn money. You can be really successful but to get to that point, you will need to work really hard, especially at the beginning of your career.
HOW TO START FREELANCING?
Most new things can be challenging to start with. No one knows you in the industry, so first things first, you need to be present and introduce yourself to everyone. If you aren’t already, you need to get active on social media, events, pop up shows, etc. You have to sell yourself. One of the best places to start is to look online for freelance jobs.
You can also sign up to become part of a freelancer’s community where experienced members share their experiences and you can ask for some tips as well.
WORKING FOR FREE?
What is the first question every employer asks – what experience do you have?
If you don’t have any experience you might need to take on an internship position or volunteer for free. Yes, for free!
It’s not going to make you less worthy and you don’t need to be ashamed about it…it’s simply something you may wish to consider in order to grow your expertise and your career.
If volunteering is really not your thing, then try exchanges, where you exchange 1 hour of your time in exchange for 1 hour of someone else’s – then it’s a win-win for the both of you.
KEEP EDUCATING YOURSELF!
It’s really important that you never stop educating yourself! As a freelancer, you won’t have the luxury of free training or courses that some companies offer to their team members, but there are plenty of online courses you can take even for free.
You can join social media groups where members share ideas and solutions for problems. Groups can become a great place to learn new skills and find handy tools.
Reading blogs, listening to podcasts or going out and showing up to social events can also help you to understand the industrial changes as well as make useful business contacts.
Remember, whatever you do, don’t expect the success to come overnight. Don’t look for the immediate win. You need to build a relationship with your audience and that may take some time.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A FREELANCER IN THE AV INDUSTRY?
Being an AV freelancer is pretty similar to other industries, but we would like to point out a couple of key things to note. In the AV sector, look out for B2B companies who are more likely to search for AV technicians/engineers.
Being flexible is the key to finding good jobs. Working during the weekend is normal in this marketplace, especially if you work at live events.
As a final point, speak to an agency that will do most of the legwork for you, saving you time and energy looking for clients.
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