If you are wondering how to get freelance work without experience, you are probably a victim of that no-experience-no-job conundrum where clients don’t award to you projects because you lack freelance experience but you cannot obtain any freelance experience unless a client awards you their project. To make it even more complicated, I’ll tell you that the posed question is a tricky one because the answer might be different, depending on what you really mean.
If the title misled you, no – this is not a post about a freelance driving style of sorts. There’s no such thing as freelance driving; not that I am aware of any way! Today I’ll show you how consistency helps you to succeed as a freelancer; just like it does to become a good driver.
In the beginning it is hard and scary.
Many people say oDesk and Elance (or all popular freelance job boards, for that matter) are a waste of time. They base their claim on their understanding that everyone is competing on price there and if you are on those sites, you are doomed to either fail or work for pennies.
It’s true that there are many freelancers with poor or no skills who are driving the market prices down. It’s also true that there are plenty of bad clients who are looking for nothing else but cheap labor. And then we have you, the little genius with excellent skills and high prices, who is wondering whether to waste their time on oDesk and Elance. Wonder no more – there are lots of good clients who are worth your time and efforts on both sites.
Think about it this way …
The life of a freelancer is often associated with feast or famine. But this is just another myth that needs busting right here and now so people are not afraid to quit their day jobs only because they fear financial insecurity. Truth is, since I started freelancing, I enjoy better financial security than the one I had as an employee. Let me tell you why.
Before I start with the working from home pros and cons, let me make a note – this post is about working from home as a freelancer. They may or may not be true for telecommuting employees who have flexible working hours or work from home. Read on.
Recently I find many people question the whole idea of being a freelancer for odd reasons – like social isolation, or crazy working hours, or fast and famine cycle which is supposedly a characteristic of every freelancer’s life (which it isn’t)… I once blogged about some popular myths about freelancing – so today I’ll build on that and shed some light on 7 pros and cons as I see them.