How To Freelance and Work From Home
Working at home is possible - I've done it for more than 20 years, and you can create your own job by taking these steps to set yourself up to go to work.
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Gracie Lake’s Everyday Abundance How to live and work from wherever you are What steps do you need to take to be self-employed? How to Freelance and Work From Home “W hat do you do?” people will ask me. I’ll say, “I work from home,” or “I’m self employed.” Then I get into the details. I'm always happy to share with others how I've done it. I've raised three kids while working from home and now my husband works from home as well. We have our freedom to travel, to hang out with a cup of tea when I have the sniffles, and to do what I like. Are you ready to break out of your cubicle and take your talents out into the public? You have options! You can freelance, start your own business, work at home, or become a consultant or more! Is that the lifestyle you'd like too? It's going to get a bit messy getting there, but others have done it. So can you. want is a good way to get started. Whether you’ve been laid off, unemployed, or underem- I’ve met many people who take care of other people’s pets, ployed, freelancing is a friendly word that describes work- provide concierge services, work on cars, fix computers, ing as a ‘consultant.’ What steps do you need to take to be build websites, and keep books. If you are providing services self-employed? that can be offered over the internet, your audience is as big as you want it to be and you can offer up your wares at First, decide what it is you want to do, and then put together eLance.com or Guru.com. a simple plan to get started. You don’t need to have every- thing figured out in the beginning so don’t let all the ‘un- You can also try Craigslist too, although you’ll have to put up knowns’ stop you. Simply DO it, and figure it out as you go with a certain amount of spam in the process. along. You will not get it perfect the first time, I guarantee it, but 2. Sell something I that’s okay. You’re having an adventure, and being indepen- f you’re not particularly handy, then you can easily offer dent, and NOT WORKING FOR SOMEBODY ELSE. for sale someone else’s product. You can do online mar- keting, network marketing, or broker the services or 1. Provide a Service products that someone else produces. W hether you work as a freelancer doing what it is Lots of people have told me “I am NOT a salesman,” because you used to do, or you come up with something they’re too shy to ask someone to buy something. Fact is, different, providing a service that others need and you’re selling yourself every day if you’ve ever held a job. If you don’t like face-to-face sales, then online sales may be the thing for you. For network marketers, it’s all about using the company’s own tools to “share” rather than sell. Next, create a business card. This is easier than you think. Vi- staprint.com makes it easy to grab low cost or free cards (the Vistaprint logo goes on the back of the freebies though, and this screams NEWBIE to anyone you give your card to.) If you have a reasonable printer, get some printable cards from one of the office supply stores, and print out a few yourself. There are downloadable templates from Avery.com that are easy to do. The templates come in various formats or you can use an online free service like BusinessCardLand.com. Set a price for your time or a goal for your sales. How much do want to make this year? How much do you want to make next year? 3. Set your price F ind out what others are charging for the same ser- vice. Don’t be afraid to ask for the same amount. If you set it too low, your potential clients will value you at that rate. Get out the calculator and figure Get Gracie Lake’s out your costs to “keep the Everyday Abundance updates doors open,” including your liv- ing expenses. Remember that hourly employees get paid for delivered to your inbox workers comp, vacations, sick time and training, so you have Get your free recording of John Earl Shoaff ’s How To Be A to include those costs in what you do. Millionaire delivered to you directly. Once you have a number, compare it to the local going rate Click on the button below to sign up for Gracie’s updates and for your service and adjust as needed. to get this classic - secret - recording that launched personal Here’s how it works. Let’s say you want to make $50,000 plus development Guru Jim Rohn’s career and fortune! benefits and overhead (home office and business expenses) of about $30,000. Let’s break that $80,000 goal down: $80,000 / 48 weeks (al- lows for four weeks of vacation, and you’ll need it!) = $1,667 a week $1,667 / 20 hours = $83 You’ll need to charge $83 an hour for 20 hours a week on average to meet your $80,000 goal. Round it up to $85 an hour and there you are! If your rate doesn’t compare well to the going rate in your area, it’s time to revise. Either offer a premium service over your competitors or reduce your overhead and expenses. I always advise expanding service and goals over reducing them, but this is a decision you’ll have to make. You can also give your new clients an introductory offer to get started. It’s easy to show a one-time discount on a PayPal 4. Publish your rates D invoice, but that way your clients know what your regular on’t be afraid to set your rates and let others know rate is. what you charge. Your time is valuable and it helps your potential clients see what it is you offer. You For instance, give away the first half hour of your service don’t want to spend a lot of time giving someone a sales for free, or do a no-cost consultation to see if they like you pitch on your services if they are not even in the ballpark of and you like them. After all, as a freelancer or self-employed paying your rate. So don’t waste each other’s time by hiding person, you’re now able to FIRE your clients if you don’t like behind a final price. By posting your rates you weed out the them. time-wasters. You can always play with the numbers a bit when you’re Congratulations! You’re thinking about ditching your job starting with a new client. Let’s say you’ve bid a project for or ditching the corporate environment. Others have done $1,000 and your rate is $85 an hour. That’s roughly 12 hours it and so can you. Make sure you start hanging out with oth- of your work. ers who have been there, done that, so you have people you can talk with and compare notes. Perhaps you really needed to spend 20 hours on the project, but you don’t actually bill for the extra 7 hours. Is it a loss? Sort of, but you’ll gain a client, and sometimes it takes a Get more help with Gracie Lake! Find while to build your clientele. Gracie on Facebook HERE
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