Catching Up

Hi…it’s been quite a while since I last posted here.  I thought I might try catching up with you.

Changes

So much has changed in our world.  Everywhere you turn you hear about the pandemic and how it is affecting all of us.  I am sure that it has affected you in some way as well.

I have been working from home for the past 10 years, so there wasn’t a lot of actual change in my life, but my workload dropped to about 20%, which meant my income also dropped.  Clients weren’t looking for work.  They were either working from home, or they were laid off and getting some additional funds from the government.  Just when we thought things might be getting better, we get news that things are getting worse, so what are we to do?

Well, it seems that a lot of people are looking at what can they do from home.  They are starting up freelance opportunities.  They are looking at affiliate programs like Amazon and print on demand.  They are printing and selling journals and workbooks.

How about you?  What is happening in your life?  Have things changed drastically, or just a little, or not at all?  Are you concerned about your future?

What Do Freelancers Do?

Many people are offering freelance services. These may include editors, writers, graphic designers, programmers, and more. If you have a skill that others are willing to pay for, then you could be a freelancer.

As a freelancer, you’ll find clients, complete a project for them, and get paid. Some freelancers go full-time, earning six figures from their online business. Others prefer part-time hours and might offer their services in addition to working a full-time job.

Set Your Own Hours

Freelancers also have lifestyle freedom. That means they get to set their own hours. If you’re a night owl who prefers working from 12am to 8am, you can do that. If you’d rather have a traditional schedule and work 8am to 5pm, you can do it.

An excellent way to get started freelancing is to become a virtual assistant. Tawnya Sutherland provides free resources and training to new virtual assistants over at her website, VA Networking.

Earn More as You Level Up

Is one of your biggest frustrations that you are continually being passed over for promotions and raises? Are you good at your job and improving your skillset  but not wanting to play politics the way your boss wants?

Freelancers don’t have to beg for a raise. As your skills improve, you can simply send a note to your clients saying, “I’m raising my rates. Here’s what the new price is and here’s when it goes into effect.”

If you struggle with what to charge, Ash Ambirge, creator of The Middle Finger Project, is your girl. She’s an online entrepreneur who teaches bad ass women how to make even more money and live amazing lives.

Work from Anywhere

With freelancing, you can usually work from anywhere you choose, provided you have the tools you need to get your projects completed. That means if you want to backpack around the world while freelancing, you can.

You can also stay local and simply work from your favorite café, library, or home office. You’re not stuck in a cubicle all day, next to an annoying co-worker who plays cat videos at top volume.

Maybe you can start a side hustle as a freelancer and when you have enough in savings, give your two-week notice to your boss.

Fran Watson

P.S.  Would you like to learn more?  Message me and we can set up a quick chat to see what you are interested in.  Skype:  live:franlwatson_1

About Fran Watson

Work from home Career Counsellor helping people with resumes, cover letters and interview tips. Recently published an e-book on Resumes and Cover Letters That Work (www.franwatson.ca). Member of Toastmasters and life-long learner.
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