‘Twas overwhelming to land your first job, wear your best formal attire, and getting your paycheck. However, as the years go by, you become tired of prepping up an hour or two before your shift, daily commute, heavy traffic, what to wear, and all other crap you deal with everyday just to get yourself to work. Sometimes, you wish you can bring all your tasks at home, working on your PJ’s, escape the traffic jam and all the hassles of 8-5 grind. Well, I have good news for you – It’s ALL POSSIBLE!
Working remotely is a rewarding opportunity that everyone can enjoy. You can work anywhere in the home – kitchen, living room, bedroom, and anywhere you feel comfortable! You can also work while traveling, or in the cafe as long as there’s internet connection and of course a laptop. There’re some remote jobs that let’s you choose your own schedule. You can do part-time, or full-time. Up to you buddy!So, how to switch from employee to freelancer and work from home? While it sounds so easy to get all the aforementioned perks working remotely literally anywhere, it also takes lots of preparations to establish your freelance business. Check out some helpful tips below.
Gain experiences and skills.
You can be a freelance engineer, nurse, graphic designer, animator, web developer, web designer, photographer, language tutor, teacher, IT professional, recruitment manager, accountant, customer service reps, virtual assistant, etc. Clients are looking for relative experiences and skills that make you better fit for the job and effective in the role. So, gain as much skills as you need. Some clients require a minimum of one to two-year experience in a certain field for you to be considered in the job and be invited for an interview. Working remotely means working under minimal supervision and completing your tasks in a timely fashion. They don’t have the time to train you for hours, most of the time they send you documents and clips to read and watch. You have to follow specific instructions and must be quick to grasp information.
It is very important to have the tools you need to perform all your tasks and comply to client technical requirements.
- A PC or Laptop – Minimum requirements are at least 2GB RAM, AMD A series or Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors, 500GB hard drive, at least 2 USB connections/ports, Windows 7 OS or later.
- Wired Internet Connection – Clients require a stable internet connection which means a wired connection. A DSL or cable modem connection is recommended with at least 2 mbps speed or higher.
- Backup connection – In case of emergencies, power interruptions, and technical issues that cause connection problems, a pocket wifi can be a great backup. Make sure to get it from a service provider with the best network signal in your area.
- USB Headset – This is optional and only needed if your client requires you to take calls. The best headset I can recommend for VOIP calls is Plantronics USB headset. They have different models. You may select according to your preference and budget. They’re a bit pricey but durable.
I encourage you to invest in good quality equipment as you’re less likely to have technical issues in the future.
Choose the best business name. It can be your own name as you’re selling your services to clients. Write a 150-word brief explanation of the services you do and who you do it for. You also have to think of a good title to give yourself such as Data Entry Specialist, Experienced Graphic Designer, Social Media Manager, Payroll Expert, etc. Be creative. Make it as clean and professional as possible.
This is a great part of showcasing your work samples, experiences, certifications, and awards. If clients check on your profile and see some of your previous works and milestones, it gives them the impression of what you can do and your fitness for the job. They’ll more likely to invite you to apply for their job adverts or be invited for an interview.
Having a great profile doesn’t guarantee you’ll be hired for a job. That’s only the first impression. You have to give your best in an interview and confidence plays a greater role to land your first online job. Remember, you don’t only deal with them, but also with their customers, so you have to sound confidently in communicating with both your clients and their customers. Confidence gives you the power to convince, even to convincing them that you’re the right person for the job.
In the worldwide competition of freelancers battling for skills and experiences, it is hard to compete with those who have established their names in the freelancing industry. You may have years of experience in your field, but still, you’re a novice in the online world. Don’t ever let it discourage you. There are lots of rejections you’ll encounter while applying for a job. Most clients won’t even glance at your profile, message you back, or accept your proposal. Sometimes, rejection comes because there are better opportunities ahead of us. Try even more. Try even harder. Stay positive at all times.