Starting a freelancing job is quite easy you just need to have some skills, a laptop or tablet and a network connection that’s it. The key with freelancing is just to start, so many people overthink what to do and it’s much more simple than you think. Experience comes once you start working on projects it’s a practical process more you work more will be your experience. In freelancing people work for themselves, rather than for a company. While freelancers do take on contract work for companies and organizations, they are ultimately self-employed.

1. Set up your business

Companies Made Simple is a great tool to use for your company to be registered in 3 working hours from only £14.99. Use the simple 4 step company formation process to choose your company name and start. Having a company is great for you to manage yourself as a freelancer and manage your finances through your business.

2. Build your sales funnel

The “Retention (BOWTIE) funnel” will come into prominence in marketing. This puts the point of sale in the middle of the funnel, and creating repeat customers will be the focus for the second half of the funnel. While savvy sales teams have always focused on this segment for possible revenue, it has not been a strong focus for marketing teams.
Become a trusted adviser for your customer
Create content that speaks to the potential client’s pain points
Invest in personalization and customization for everything you send to your customers

3. Bid for projects

You can use websites like Fiverr, Upwork, freelancer, etc and sites that can help you to access the best freelancing network. If you like in the UK you can use websites like. YunoJuno and Worksome which are two of the best websites to find work as a freelancer.

4. Niche down and specialise

When you niche down as a specialist you are one who has mastered the skill of one particular design field like UX or UI design, while a generalist is someone who has a fair knowledge of multiple areas but not an expert in any. In other words, a generalist is Jack of all trades and can hurt you as a freelancer because people are looking for specialists when they are looking for freelancers.

5. Budgets & Income

There is a big value on budgeting as a freelancer as it’s important to have sound budgeting requires that you keep expenses as predictable as possible. To budget well you should have a freelance budget spreadsheet that outlines all your income and expenses within your business. You can also use a tool like Xero.com to manage your expenses and run your business account through the xero tool as a great way to manage your income.

6. Plan holiday time

It’s so essential for you to play holiday time in as your health is your wealth. You need to try and find time each week, month and a quarter to have holiday time for yourself personally. It’s great to have a sabbath each week which is 24 hour of rest where you choose not to work and even cut down your social media time.

7. Plan to read & Study more

A great way to improve your skills is to continuously study to keep yourself relevant. I love to buy courses and books to keep myself up to date and in tune with what’s happening in the industry. I also like to read outside of my industry to expand my skills in areas like business, marketing, sales, etc…

8. Productivity Hacks

Time out and Rescue Time are great tools to use to plan your time and take back control of your activities. You can increase productivity by increasing your focus as this is a great thing to do and achieve your goals better.

What is the challenge you’re having right now, in making money right now?

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8 tips on how to start freelancing