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How to Get the Most Out of Your Freelance Career



By Careers Desk



Thursday, May 24, 2017.



Being a freelancer is never easy. It can often seem like you are constantly swimming against the tide. And in many ways, freelancers do have it harder than ordinary workers. They have no security, and you will be reliant upon your own instincts. However, there are some things you can do to help make sure you get the most out of your freelance career. Read on to learn more.

Learn from People Who Have Been There and Done it Before

There are so many people out there who have struggled with the difficulties that come with being a freelance before. So, even though it might feel like it, you’re definitely not alone. Don’t be afraid to seek help and support from other people who have been there and done it before. They have already managed to overcome the struggles and challenges that you are currently dealing with, so maybe they will be able to help you out. You'll be surprised by the amount of great advice that can come from people who have been in this situation before you.

Find the Right Hardware and Software

Next, you need to think about the types of hardware and software that you’re using to get the job done. These days, most freelancers will work from home on their computers. And if you don’t have a computer that you can rely on at all times, you are going to find yourself in serious trouble sooner or later, which is not what you want. And it’s not just writers and graphic designers that can benefit from great software either. For example, there is software for personal trainers that makes their freelance lives easier too. So, always make sure you get the best hardware and software possible.


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Don’t Allow Yourself to Get Exploited Just Because You’re a Freelancer

Many freelancers are so keen to get work and so keen to make the right impression that they allow themselves to get exploited. This is not something that you should let happen to you. If you do, you will lose out on money, and you will never be able to survive in this career. So, don’t accept non-payments. If someone is not paying an invoice you sent for the work you did, keep chasing it and chasing it until they pay up. And never agree to do work for free because this is always pure exploitation and nothing more.

Have Some Aims and Targets for the Immediate and Long-Term

Finally, you need to make sure that you have some aims and targets in place that will help you as you move forward. Without the right aims to focus on as you progress in your career, you will stall and that’s when the big problems start to arise. You can’t manage if you’re only just getting by month after month. You need to have a plan for growth and increased revenue. Otherwise, there will eventually be enough when you can no longer just about survive. And that’s not an outcome that you want to have to deal with.


How to Get the Most Out of Your Freelance Career

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