Are you a blogger? Are you considering going freelance? This month is my 2 year anniversary since I received my first payment for freelance work. It took a year of me running this blog until my first paid opportunity landed in my inbox. Although it can be quite confusing and seem like a big step, it is something which I do not regret doing. As with everything when you move forward with anything career related: you need to work hard; don’t be afraid to put yourself out there; consistently come up with new ideas and network with others in your niche. There is no such thing as over night success, you have to work really hard. Opportunities usually won’t just come to you.
This can be done online or in person at networking events. It’s important you meet new people as you will learn about what others do, also possibly resulting in a way of collaborating together. Setting up a LinkedIn profile can be a great way to network online and make new contacts. You could also see if there are any local networking events happening near you, and go along to meet some new possible connections.
Business finances are important as you need to register as self employed as soon as you earn your first penny. If you’re not naturally a numbers person, one option is to approach somewhere to get good financial advice such as Howlader & Co. There is also plenty of helpful information online to help make the process easier of going freelance and understanding how to manage your finances. I also sometimes write monthly finance reports for my blog, as I find this helps with aiming to earn a bit more the following month from my freelance work.
Passive income options
Some people seem think that by setting up a blog, writing a bunch of posts and throwing in a load of affiliate links will earn them a high amount of money. Affiliate links are good as a passive income, as the rates of pay can be quite low and you usually build up an extra bit of income over quite a long period of time. You could also look into creating ebooks relating to your blogs topic, as these can be a good source of passive income.
The world of blogging can be confusing, especially as it is always changing. Nothing happens over night, but if you work hard, focus and commit yourself, you should be successful in starting your journey working as a freelancer. Going freelance can be such great experience, but definitely make sure the freelance lifestyle is for you.