Many people think freelancing is a glamorous job -- working at home, in your pajamas, in full control of your time. Sure. But you MUST plan your freelancing career as carefully as you'd plan a new business, or else it's going to be a nightmare! Here's how to make freelancing worth the move.
First, Choose Your Projects Wisely.
Freelancing becomes fun when you're doing something you love. So look for projects you KNOW you want to work on. Don't be tempted to accept a project simply because "it's there" or "the money is too good to turn down" -- you'll pay for it in stress. Trust me.
Second, Work With Clients Who Think Like You.
Try to avoid clients who pay too low for your tastes, or those who demand unreasonable deadlines. These clients tend to NOT treat freelancers well, so only look for clients who are willing to do things on YOUR terms.
Otherwise, you might find yourself keeping Skype logged off simply because you don't want to catch a toxic client online!
Third, Decide Your Preferred Income.
Let's face it -- freelancing isn't easy. And to make it worth it, you'll have to receive a good enough income to keep you happy. Check how much your corporate-hired counterparts get paid, and start there. No sense freelancing when you could get a better pay with a job!
And Lastly, Plan Your Lifestyle.
Want to keep your weekends clear? Want to have breakfasts at your favorite cafe? Want to take quarterly vacations with your family?
Decide! The "lifestyle" part of freelancing is precisely what makes freelancing worth it. Remember, the most successful of today's freelancers left their jobs for greener pastures. And it's up to you how "green" you want your freelancing career to be.
So plan your lifestyle -- your freelancing career depends on it!
Mike Madrazo is a young freelance writer who believes in freelancing as the gateway to financial security. Subscribe to his blog to receive free daily freelancing advice and tips, as well as a sprinkle of spiritual nutrition to make the journey worthwhile.