How to thrive as a creative [or administrative] professional
In the quest for financial independence, it is increasingly becoming clear that freelancing is no longer reserved for only writers or graphic designers. This independent career path currently has a major stake in today’s workforce – and this is hardly surprising. Lots of individuals no longer yearn for jobs that demand they must clock in and out daily – especially as creativity could cater for their needs. It is no wonder that the about 53 million freelancers in the United States represent 34 percent of the country’s entire workforce. Experts believe this figure would rise to 40 percent by 2020. Are there advantages of the freelance lifestyle? How can you thrive by being creative?
With a brave world of self-starters and entrepreneurs today, it is easy to get carried away with the opportunities freelancing presents. While it may not be as easy as you start off, when you follow the right steps, you would soon find it easy to carve a niche for yourself – and achieve success as you advance into the freelance realm. Here are a few practical tips.
This is arguably the most important point you must apply if you desire to be successful. Your ability to manage your activities and remain organized will either make or break your freelance career. While you have the freedom that is absent in the corporate world, it is indeed a double edged sword. This is because freedom comes along with more responsibility as you have to structure deadlines for yourself, design achievable schedules, be careful about potential distractions, and be realistic with yourself in terms of how you can achieve your set goals.
Communication is an important quality in almost every job, and it is especially vital for freelancers. Remember that the face time experience that full-time employees in the corporate world normally enjoy is absent here, hence, you may need to ‘over-communicate’ on occasion so the fine details of a project are not missed. If a video chat is possible, you could key into such feature to keep the communication lines open – and ensure you deliver top quality. You must always be open to revisions and feedback from your clients as it would massively improve the trust they have in you.
A good freelance network will give you access to your desired clients, but a good portfolio will keep those clients. There is no easy jump into the freelance world. When you make the sacrifice to take up small jobs – even if the pay is not worth the real quality – in order to build your portfolio, you would not only become familiar with your market, but potential clients will already trust your service even before they say hello to you. When you are able to build a great portfolio, getting jobs would never be an issue.