Introduction to Bill Cammack‘s upcoming ebook on freelancing:
How To Create Your Own Job
The way things are going, it’s looking like you might need to create your own job instead of waiting for someone to create one for you.
This is easy to do, but it’s also easy to do WRONG, so let’s discuss a few topics that might help you do things the right way and become self-sufficient.
Generally, you want to figure out what you like to do, and hope that within that set of things, there’s at least one thing that you do WELL.
The reason it needs to be something you LIKE to do is that you’re going to have to work a lot MORE than 9-5ers do.
Staff workers have it easy. All they have to do is go to work and get paid every two weeks.
As a freelancer, you need to figure out what you’re selling, figure out how to explain that to potential clients, find those clients, convince them that they need what you’re selling, plan the work, DO the work, get paid for what you did, and start the cycle all over again.
The problem is that the cycle starts again before you finish the previous project. That’s the only way to consistently have work.. You have to solicit more work while you’re currently already working.
The benefits, however, are that you make your own hours, you accept the work you want to do, turn down the work you don’t want (if you can afford that), work with people that you like as people, instead of just any random person that requires your services, and you can carve out time for self-improvement, learning new skills in this field or another one, spending time with loved ones, starting new businesses, or teaching other people to do what you do, so you can either subcontract to them or enjoy the feeling of sending them off on a new career path that wouldn’t have been possible for them without your guidance. :)