Freelancing as a career can be a rewarding experience and has many perks but, how do you get started? Freelancing allows people to work from home in a career of their choice. Hiring freelancers is rising in popularity and is here to stay. John Song Potomac MD, a freelance writer, will be sharing how he started his own business.
First things first
The first thing John Song Potomac MD was figure out which skill he will be using for his business. He wrote a list of all his skills and then took a closer look at them. Which ones are the most in need right now? If you skill isn’t in demand, your business won’t be profitable. This step will help you figure out where to focus your energy.
Building your brand
This part lets you be creative. In order to succeed in freelancing you need to set yourself apart from everyone else. In this step you should create a unique logo and brand name. If you aren’t the creative type, no worries. There are plenty of online resources that can help you in building a brand for yourself. John Song Potomac MD used Fiverr to hire a graphic designer to create a logo for his business.
Creating your first website
Every freelancer needs to have a website. This is where you can leave an impression on people. It shows them who you are and what you can do. Think of it as an online portfolio. This can be done alone using WordPress for example or you could hire someone if you need help.
Setting your prices
This step takes a lot of research. It can be difficult to know how much you should charge for your services & it will take time to find the right price. You will need to determine how much you will charge people, and set up a payment method. John Song Potomac MD does all his transactions online so he set up a paypal account for his transactions with clients.
Get yourself out there
Tell people about your business and get your first clients! You should set up social media profiles, create a blog and even make business cards to give to people you meet. You never know when you can meet your next client.