Imagine earning a living from the comfort of your own home; freelance work is a way to do just that. You may be surprised at what skills you can offer as a freelance service. Read on to discover how you can become a freelancer and start making money today.
What Is Freelance Work?
Working freelance means providing a service for a fee and not necessarily with a fixed single employer or client. Being a freelancer is a common way to refer to being self-employed. Unlike running a home business, a freelancer can also work as an independent contractor.
Why Be a Freelancer?
Working freelance has lots of benefits:
Freelance work does have a few drawbacks to keep in mind:
Types of Freelance Work
There are many ways to provide a freelance service. Most services already provided to businesses can be offered by a freelancer too. Some examples of popular freelance work include:
How to Get Started as a Freelancer
To begin freelance work, think about what skill you can offer to clients with confidence. You don’t have to be an expert in the field to have something to offer (and charge for)/
Most freelancers will draw on experience gained in past employment.
When starting work as a freelancer, t’s a good idea to think outside of the service you’ll be providing. Consider doing some of the following:
How to Find Freelance Work
There are several places to find freelance work. Some good places to start include:
How to Manage Your Taxes as a Freelancer
As a freelancer, it’s important to keep in mind that there are specific tax obligations for your work. As with any circumstance of self-employment or owning your own business, a freelancer must file the correct tax returns under your own name and personal tax ID number. You must:
All figures correct as of September 2017.