When you think about Independence Day, what comes to mind? Most of us think of family gatherings, barbeques, picnics, and fireworks. Some may commemorate the historical aspect of the Fourth of July with festivals or parades, while others escape the rat race by taking a well-deserved vacation. However you celebrate the holiday – Enjoy!!
America has come a long way since the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776, but one thing has remained the same – our pride in being independent. With all the advancements in technology, that freedom has expanded to heights never imagined by our forefathers.
The way we work has evolved with the times. We are free to step outside the box and think independently. We have been able to break away from the traditional way of doing things and experiment with new innovative methods. We have gained a new sense of freedom and become a nation of free-thinking freelancers.
A freelancer has the opportunity to start his or her own business and do the type of work he or she ENJOYS doing. Not what the boss says to do. Our ingenuity needs to be recognized. Everyone needs to acknowledge our success. Let’s celebrate our career independence…HAPPY INDEPENDENT FREELANCER DAY!!!
What Can You Do as a Freelancer?
Just about anything you want. It is estimated that almost half of today’s workforce is comprised of independent contractors, freelancers and people working from home.
Everyone has a talent, skill, or a hobby that can be used to make a few bucks. Many traditional office jobs can now be fulfilled remotely such as bookkeeping, personal assistants, graphic designer, as well as social media and marketing to name a few.
Wish you could spend all day outdoors and get paid for it? Do you have any experience with painting, yard work, building fences, or are you handy with tools? Freelancers with these skills are in high demand this time of year.
Folks go into a panic when their smart phones go on the blink. That’s their life-line to the world! Have you ever been standing in line at the grocery store when the power blinks and all the registers go dark? Freelancers with the technical know-how to fix electronic equipment, phones, computers, etc AND can be on call at any time will never be out of work.
Should You Take the Plunge?
You want to join in the freelancing revolution and declare your independence from your boring 9-5 job, but kind of worried about the cash flow. You’re not alone. We all face that dilemma.
The solution is to start off slowly. Take a few gigs on the side and see how it works out. Build your business up slowly; establish yourself and your brand; get the word out telling everyone you’re available.
Use Moonlighting to announce your new service, and to look for anyone requesting help with a project you can do. The possibilities are endless. Go for it!
If you don’t want to make a complete break from the day job, and just want some odd jobs to bring in additional income, there is plenty of work out there waiting for you – running errands, pet sitting, writing Ebay ads, or cleaning out your neighbor’s garage. Are you a photographer, artist, make T-shirts? You name it, someone wants it.
Tips for Being a Successful Freelancer
- Whether you’re self-employed full-time or part-time, you need to be organized. In some things you can play it by ear, but as a general rule, a freelancer must have a good idea of what’s going on and where everything is.
- Be available. You can’t land any gigs if potential customers can’t find you.
- Be reliable. It can take months or years to build your brand and reputation. It only takes one disgruntled customer to ruin it.
- Reward yourself for a job well done after you’ve completed a difficult project. A hot fudge sundae with nuts works wonders.
- Give yourself some time off. Many freelancers are workaholics and constantly on the go. Avoid exhaustion and burnout by giving yourself a day off.
- Learn how to say NO! You can’t be everywhere at once doing everything for everybody. The quality of your work will suffer as well as the quality of your life.
Celebrate Independent Freelancer Day and show your pride in all you’ve accomplished and will accomplish in the days to come.
Don’t forget to list your services on Moonlighting. Someone out there is looking for you.