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Answer #1 | 20/12 2013 04:47
As with any creative endeavor, it depends a great deal on where your skills lie and what you can offer companies or individuals. If you are talking about freelance programming, this is not an easy field to break into. If you are talking about freelance writing or art, it will depend on what you can offer. Your question is very general--and it's really not possible to give you any more tips than that unless we were to know what sort of freelancing you want to do. The key to becoming a freelancer is networking--you need to find a customer base you can tap--people who are looking for your services and who will pay you for them. This is the hardest part of any freelance job--finding customers. Freelancing depends on getting the word out to your potential customers, having a skill or talent you can sell and then delivering the goods to these customers in a timely and efficient manner. This isn't a job for someone who "doesn't know a lot." It's a job for professionals who are willing to sell their services and talents to a customer base and who have the wherewithall to run a business on their own without supervision. You cannot be an unreliable freelancer or one who isn't fairly knowledgeable in all aspects of their chosen field. And yes, it does take time to build up a customer base. Successful freelancers are usually highly-trained professionals who do it on the side for a while until they can quit their "day job" or stop working for others.
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