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Freelance Careers for the People Person

Working freelance can be an excellent way to take the reins of your career, to be self-sustaining, and to build a business that you reap the full benefits from in time. However, a common issue faced by many working for themselves is a sense of isolation and loneliness. A lot of freelancing involves spending plenty of time without human contact, so here we’re going to look at the careers that put you in touch with others to make use of those people skills.

 

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Virtual Assistant

Though can do it from home like many other freelancing careers, the difference in being a virtual assistant is that you are always constantly helping someone else. Usually, these are business owners who will interface with you regularly to allocate work and ask for help on admin and organizational tasks. Some virtual assistant roles will require you to answer the phone and put on your best demeanor, good for those who like front-facing roles.

 

Nursing

If you already have nursing experience, then you could already be more than halfway to a fulfilling freelance career. Care homes, hospitals, and many other establishments will hire temporary nurses, giving you the opportunity to travel around the country and work with a broad spectrum of people. The more experienced you are, the more your services will be in demand, so an online family nurse practitioner track could really open up your options. If you’re in it primarily to care for patients, a lot of freelance nurse work can involve private duty care which means spending more time with individuals.

 

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Social media
Socializing isn’t all face-to-face. This is a fact of life that many businesses are becoming more aware of as they look to social media as their next great frontier. If you have a little network savvy about you, then you could learn about social media marketing and apply that growing expertise to businesses who are looking to expand online. More and more businesses are jumping online and need people who already know the formats and know what works. There’s a great sense of fulfilment to concocting a strategy and watching a community grow thanks to your efforts, as well.

 

Teaching

Do you have experience teaching or some expertise in a field of study or industry that could be helpful to those newbies looking for a little help? There are tons of opportunities for freelance tutoring not just for kids in school but for adults looking to find a way into a specific field of life. Not only can you teach in one-on-one scenarios, but you can also launch courses online thanks to a growing number of platforms allowing for new educators to get their classes established and set-up for anyone around the world to attend.

A sense of community and of connection to others can be a very important factor in what makes a career fulfilling to you. If you know that you’re a people person, make sure that you find a career for yourself that puts you in contact with others.

 

What do you think of these freelance careers? Do sound off in the comments section.

 

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How to Check, Chase and Choose as a Freelancer

Being a freelancer is great, but like every business it does have its challenges. One of the main challenges we face as freelancers is when clients don’t pay for our services. It can be frustrating at times when you put in so much work only to spend hours chasing a payment.

Thankfully there is a 3 step process to help with this freelancing issue – the Check, Chase and Choose. In this article I will walk you through what the 3 Cs are and how you can use them.

 

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What brought about the 3Cs?

A study was conducted on freelance web designers and it was discovered that 6 out of 10 of them had to wait for months past their invoice due date to get paid. And some didn’t get paid at all. Oftentimes such freelancers had to write-off such payments. At the end of the day, all effort put into the freelance project ends up to be a waste of time. Which amounts to a huge loss for the freelancer.

Although this study was only conducted on freelance web designers, there is a high chance that there are so many other freelancers in various industries facing the same problem. Some freelancers are forced to borrow money to be able to feed themselves and pay their bills.

The only way out of this massive issue is be extremely vigilant and proactive when the client seems to delay payment.

 

Step #1 Check

Although the case is not the same with every freelancer, one of the reasons why some freelancers are paid long after the due date on their invoices is because their clients experience a hitch with their invoices. Either the client ends up not receiving an invoice or the invoice is not produced when the project commences. Most times freelancers will interpret silence from the client’s end as “all is well” only to find out the contrary.

In such an instance, as a freelancer you must check back with the client to find out if your client received the invoice. You should also check the client is aware of the due date. The sooner you check on your client the better. Don’t let a week pass by without checking in on your client to find out if they received their invoice or if they experienced hitches. This will save you from future payment issues.

You should also ensure the invoice is produced in the right format in order to avoid payment delays.

 

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Step #2 Chase

Once you have confirmed that your client received their invoice, the next thing you need to focus on is chasing after your money. This stage is all about reminding your client of the payment date. And the options you have by right to recover your money from your client.

When you are approaching your payment date, make sure that you remind your client about the payment date. Especially if your payment date states within 30 days. Some clients may have forgotten all about you.

If your client delays payment to the last day, alert your client on the actions you can take against him or her for your payment.

 

Step #3 Choose

If after all the notices and warnings your client has still not paid, the next step to take is to choose any of the options available to you to recover the money your client owes you. The most common action is to sue your client for the payment of your fees.

This is why it is extremely important to have a freelance contract with your client. In the contract your rights and duties as well as the rights and duties of your client are clearly written. It makes it so much easier to take action for the recovery of your fees when you have a legal contract backing you up.

 

Personally, I hardly ever agree to wait 30 days for an invoice to be paid. I feel it is too long and all kinds of things may have happened within those 30 days. I am more comfortable with a 0 – 7 working days payment date. And I get that 96% of the time.

 

How do you deal with unpaid invoices? Please share your tried and tested tips.

 

 

How do you know when to go freelance full time

Let me take you all down memory lane of how I shuffled between my 9-to-5 and my freelance business. At first it started off as an avenue to make extra money doing what I love. With a lot of hard work and dedication, I turned my freelance business into my main source of income and said goodbye to my structured life.

 

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Just like me, you’re probably juggling freelance projects with the work you have to do at your office. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell when is the right time to finally leave your 9-to-5 job and pursue what you love full-time. Here are a few pointers that can help you make the decision to leave your 9-to-5.

 

Do you have enough saved up for living expenses that will last you for some months?

 Starting a business is a journey of uncertainties. In a 9-to-5 you know that you’re entitled to a specific fixed salary. But when you go freelancing full-time your income can vary from month to month. To cushion any downtime, it’s good to know you have enough saved up just in case.

If you have enough saved up to sustain you and your family for a couple of months then this is a sign you can go freelancing full-time.

 

Do you have a steady client-base?

 Clients are what keep the business going. As a freelancer, its important to make sure that you have steady number of clients coming in before you can make the leap into pursuing your freelance career full-time.

Don’t leave your 9-to-5 job because you’re booked solid for the month. Make sure you have clients coming in every month such that you can almost bank on it. If your freelance business hasn’t gotten to that stage yet then focus on building your client base and getting steady retainers.

 

Are you earning more in your freelance business than you do in your 9-to-5?

While you’re saving up to venture into full-time freelancing, a good indicator that it’s time to dive full-time as a freelancer is if you’re earning more than you do at your 9-to-5.

If you weren’t freelancing you would have lived on your salary. It would have covered your monthly expenses. So if you want to go in full-time as a freelancer you need to ensure you earn the same amount consistently for a couple of months.

 

Are you willing to do all it takes to make your freelance career a success?

To be successful as a freelancer, you need to have your mindset fixed on succeeding. It takes work to grow a business. Are you determined to remain committed to putting in the work no matter what happens? You will experience ups and downs but if you push through then you will succeed.

Many freelancers fail not because they were not talented but because they were not ready to face all the challenges head on and persist till the end. Successful freelancers constantly build their network, develop products, sell their expertise and they are consistent at it.

If you’re not ready to stomach the challenges but still desire to go into freelancing full-time then work on your mindset daily. Position yourself as an entrepreneur in your mind. Sooner or later you’ll know you’re ready.

 

Are you running your own business full-time? How did you take the bold step?

 

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