Freelancing Woes: 4 Things to Consider Before You Quit Freelancing

Freelancing Woes: 4 Things to Consider Before You Quit Freelancing

In life, it’s not easy to climb up. We stumble and fall. We might even go all the way back down.  There are times when we might feel like throwing the towel to call it quits. And freelancing is not an exemption.

Freelancing is like having your own business. You have to continuously market to get clients. And you don’t get money if you don’t have any.  If you’ve been business, it’s not a walk in a park. Most sacrifice their blood, sweat, and tears just to make the venture successful.

Not all finish well. Some decide to quit because of the pressure or their financial condition. But before you quit freelancing all together, here are things to consider for you to stay just a while longer.

 

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It Would Take Time to Build a Client Base

Just like in any business, you have to market yourself like crazy to get a stable inflow of clients. You need to build your reputation as someone reliable with superior output to get referred across the board.

But this takes time. You need to pitch yourself to as many people as possible. And not everyone will work with you. Check your numbers. How many have you talked to?

If you just talked to five people, you can’t make a business out of that. You need to widen your horizons and pitch as many as possible. 

Yes, the rejection might put you down. But all who had succeeded went through this. You just need to pitch. Learn what you can do better. Adjust. And pitch again.

 

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You Will Find Premium Clients Who Pay Well

Even if your first experiences are from clients from hell, know that in this great vast world, there are premium clients from heaven who pay well. But to find them you need to widen your network and your skills.

Go on and try to build your network without leaving home. Or better yet, start being active in LinkedIn and create a stunning and effective profile.

You wouldn’t know how this might impact your career. The brand and influence you build on LinkedIn might spell thousands of dollars in the future.

 

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Your Income Fluctuates: Clients Come And Go

The difference between freelancing and a job is that the income is not fixed. Your income is directly proportional to the number of clients you have and what you charge for each one. 

You will lose clients. This is a fact. But the solution to this is budgeting the right way. Don’t forget to create an emergency fund for around six months or more for the worst-case scenario. 

Whether it’s too late or if you’re just starting to freelance, check out this guide to create a budget designed for the fluctuating income of freelancers.

 

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Be Patient! Your Hard Work Will Be Rewarded

After all of this, you might still be discouraged from your multiple defeats. I understand you. I mean if the money is stretched and you need to support your family, your worries are certainly legitimate.

If you can’t take off that fast, consider doing freelancing as a side hustle first. make sure though that you check if you won’t be fired while doing so. As you build your practice slowly, you will have a stable income for your living expenses.

Again, freelancing is a business. It takes time before it takes off. But you don’t need to sabotage yourself by quitting early on. It’s just part of the process. 

Manage your expectations. Build your work ethics and your network. I’m sure you will also be a success story one day. Good luck!

The Wanderlust of a Digital Nomad: The Rise of a New Workforce

The Wanderlust of a Digital Nomad: The Rise of a New Workforce

Technology has revolutionized the things that we can’t once do. We can now travel not by horses but swiftly with automobiles and planes. We can even communicate instantly with our cell phones, not through postal service or messengers.

But who would’ve thought that even working from anywhere in the world is now possible? Yes! If you uttered this ridiculous sentence in the past, your grandfather might suggest a psychiatric evaluation. It simply cannot be done.

It’s a different era. The rise of the digital nomads. If you don’t know already, these are people who choose to travel while working.

These are individuals with insatiable wanderlust who earn their living with just a laptop and a reliable Internet connection. If you think this is a rare occurrence for the chosen few. Think again.

 

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Living the Nomadic Life is Possible

As I’m writing this piece, I’m currently waiting for my plane to El Nido, Palawan. I’ll be spending roughly 2 weeks marveling at its turquoise waters and breathtaking beaches. And I didn’t even have to forego my job while doing it or ask for vacation leave for that matter.

I’m not born under a rich family in any way. But what allowed me to do this is my clamor for location independent income sources.

One of which is content writing. If you can find a bankable skill that can be rendered online, you are on your way to becoming a Digital Nomad. It can be graphic designing, programming, or vlogging. There are even remote working engineers hired by NASA as of today. The possibilities are endless as long as you provide services you are an expert at.

Try checking these 5 considerations when choosing your next side hustle.

 

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It’s a Decent Career

Back then, freelancers are regarded as jobless hobos or people in-between jobs who just need extra money to get by. Now, becoming a digital nomad can be a lucrative source of income.

With just a few searches, there are countless six-figure success stories for digital nomads. It is now regarded as a real career. You don’t have to be ashamed when you aspire to be one.

In fact, we should be proud of this seemingly impossible thing we are about to achieve. Even if you don’t reach multi-millionaire status that fast, at least you are spending your time doing what you love while earning.

 

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Win-win for Businesses

Some companies who are based in expensive cities like San Francisco or London relocate or outsource their whole team remotely. For one, the overhead in Bali or any other Southeast Asian country is cheaper than their hometown.

And there are even studies that remote workers are more productive than their office counterparts. The major reason is the autonomy on their schedule and where they want to render it.

Bottom line, if the employees are happy, the output would be commensurate. Low cost and more productivity. As a business owner, what more can you ask for?

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It is Not Exclusive for 1st World Foreigners!

You might think, this borderline dreamy way of living is just for the 1st world citizens. This is wrong. People from all over the world have an equal chance to achieve this nomadic lifestyle.

In fact, the Philippines is poised to be one of the largest freelancing hubs in the world. The Filipinos are very in demand because of our educational attainment and English prowess.

Some Filipinos even made it really big like iamaileen.com and thepoortaveler.net to name a few.

The point is we are ready to take over. But do you have the courage to jump in? Join the growing Filipino Digital Nomad community! See you!

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