In one of our recent articles, we talked about how freelancing is the job of the 21st Century.
After all, it’s the fastest-growing labor sector in the U.S. According to a study by Upwork and the Freelancers Union, freelancing will make up more than 50% of the workforce by 2027.
It’s great news for freelancers with a lot of experience, but what about beginners?
It’s true that as more people become independent contractors, more companies are hiring freelance employees.
On the same token, most employers want experienced workers.
They want experts. People who have fine-tuned their craft and can deliver results.
And with more people becoming freelancers every single day…
Right now is the best time to start freelancing.
In this article, we’ll look at why the best time to start is right now.
Getting Your Start
Some people freelance part-time, but many hope to transition their career into a long-term, full-time opportunity.
In some cases, you can start freelancing full-time right away. You may land one or two valuable clients who cover your main expenses, giving you enough leverage to move forward with more paying work.
On the other hand, you may need to freelance part-time for awhile to get a foothold in the industry.
The inability (or perceived inability) to freelance full-time from the start is a major drawback for some people. They don’t believe they can make enough money from it to substitute their full-time job.
And it’s true – you shouldn’t expect to replace your salary immediately after you start freelancing.
But this isn’t a reason to stop freelancing entirely – or fail to start.
While you’re working your full-time job, consider finding one or two freelance clients to supplement your income.
You’ll make extra cash and it will bolster your resume when it’s time to find more clients.
Having even one freelancing client can put you ahead of the beginners without experience. Finding one part-time client while you work a full-time job is a great way to dip your toes in the water before everyone starts freelancing.
After all, reviews are the lifeblood of a successful freelancer. If a reputable brand or individual can vouch for your services, it’ll help you get even more clients.
Fighting Freelancing Myths
Dozens of myths surround freelancing. People without freelancing experience love to give their opinions about it, whether they’re telling you you’ll never make enough money from it or they say it’s “just a phase” until you find another “real job.”
Okay, let’s debunk a few of these freelance myths.
Firstly, you’re more likely to make a living wage from full-time freelancing than you are from many full-time jobs. Freelancers can make more than $100,000 in many industries – programming, copywriting, and graphic design come to mind first.
Income stability from freelancing can be challenging, but freelancers work without income caps, Instead of an hourly wage that limits their earnings, they can find additional clients and start new projects as often as necessary to make more money.
If you aren’t freelancing because you don’t think you’ll make enough money, think again. Because as a freelancer, your wages are entirely within your control.
And let’s be clear – you can start freelancing with nearly any skill.
Some people say you need to program, design, or write to be a freelancer. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Freelancing careers are available in nearly every industry, from accounting to editing to science research. If you have marketable skills or valuable knowledge, you can find a way to sell those as a freelancer.
And if your friends tell you freelancing makes it harder to find a full-time job, later on, they’re just pushing your buttons.
In fact, freelancing can impact your future job searches in a really positive away.
They show self-discipline and dedication to your craft, two valuable traits for future employers.
If your fears about freelancing are stopping you from starting, think about why and address your concerns. After all, the best time to start anything is now!
Don’t wait to start your freelancing career. It’s easier than ever to create a freelancer profile online (we love Upwork, but freelancer.com and guru.com are other great options!) and start marketing your services to potential clients.
The longer you wait to start freelancing, the more competition you’ll face. By starting today, you can get in on the ground floor before it’s harder than ever for newcomers to get a foothold.
If you’re a freelancer, how did you get your start? Do you think it’s important to start freelancing soon? Let us know in the comments below!