Many people are scared of switching their day job for a freelance career because, although they know the benefit of setting up your own schedule, they think making a steady income is a myth.

The truth is that freelancer make more than traditional 9-to-5 employees, and I am talking about average freelancer, not a superstar.

If you know how to manage your freelancing business, you could earn up to twice more as a freelancer than you did in your regular job.

One of the biggest dilemmas, when you are starting your career, is “how much should I charge?
Most people start charging a really low rate until they built a reputation. And that’s a huge mistake. They end up starting a vicious cycle that is difficult to break.

Also, you will need to take into consideration that when high-paying clients see a low rate, they associate it with poor skills. charge what you are worth.

Choose a Niche

I know you might be tempted to expose yourself as a jack-of-all trades, but you run the risk of being viewed as an amateur, desperate for money and lacking the proper skills.

Instead, you should market yourself as an expert in your industry.
For example, if you are a writer. You can market yourself as a medical writer rather than a “regular” writer. Specialized skill and knowledge are more lucrative.

Create a Killer Portfolio

Creating a stellar portfolio to showcase your expertise is a must. The goal is to present yourself in the best possible light, choose only your best pieces.
Avoid trying to include as much as possible because quality means more than quantity in this case.

If you don’t have anything to show put together a portfolio based on potential needs.

Remember that you can easily build a website with WordPress. Get your Hosting with Banahosting or HostGator and grab a theme from Elegant Themes.

Build your online presence

You should try to be where your customers are. The luxury of working anytime and anywhere does not absolve you from being proactive.

Being your own boss means you will need to step up your game if you want to make a steady income.

By the way, you can join my Facebook Group and My Facebook Page.

Keep learning new skills

You cannot afford to become stagnant. Take online classes, watch videos and tutorials. Read an eBook and learn from the best in your industry by reading their blogs and articles.

Diversify

I am pretty sure you have heard this several times… Do not put all your eggs in the same basket.

You should diversify your clients and income. Do not be shy about asking your referrals from clients. If you have done a great job for your client, why not ask them to recommend you to their friends and colleagues?

Build your online presence across different freelancer platforms, star a blog.

Start cold pitching

This is one of the most effective and underused techniques for finding new clients. How do you do it? Say you come across a website or blog with a design and concept you like, but it needs better content, which is your expertise.

You don’t know if they’re interested in your services so you connect with them to find out.

Learn to manage your time

Time is money, so… so you want to waste your money?

One of the biggest challenges is building credibility. Bad word of mouth spread like wildfire. You don’t want to be known is a person who doesn’t complete projects.

On the other side, you don’t want to spend ages working on a project, at the expense of taking on a new project and making more money.

Target your ideal clients

Figure out the type of business you want to work with and reach out. You should find clients who appreciate your work and are willing to pay for it.

One of the main reason freelancing keeps growing is because quality and dedication are rewarded.

When you are a freelancer, your success depends entirely on you.

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