Freelancing really helps my family out. You may wonder how or why and I want to answer those questions.
Here is why and how freelancing helps my family:
- I work around our family schedule. If there are doctors appointments or things we need or want to do, I work around them.
- It allows me to stay home and care for my family while also helping the family financially.
- I can pick the jobs I want to work on.
- I decide how much I make.
- I decide when I do and don’t work. This would include the number of hours I work a day, a week or even a month.
- It allows me to keep up with the workforce while not having to spend money on childcare gas and then come home and take care of the home as well.
I may not be a single mom, but do understand there are times a family needs help financially. If you want to see another blog I am contributing to, you can visit http://www.financialhelp-for-singlemothers.com/. I have been able to find all kinds of helpful information for single mothers. As I said, I am not a single mother, but our family is currently using WIC, which means I understand what is needed for the appointments and where to go to look for this help. If you know of any single moms or are a single mom yourself, feel free to check out the blog and see what you can find out that may be helpful.
I actually use http://www.oDesk.com to find my jobs. This is great because I can look for jobs along with the ability to have potential employers look for freelancers as well. It took awhile to get my first few jobs, but once I got started, it wasn’t so hard or bad. You may have to start out at a rate that is a little lower than you may like, something like $8/hr. to get your foot in the door, but you can change your rate as you get feedback and jobs. You can also ask for pay raises as well.
Don’t be afraid to look for the right online company for you when it comes to freelancing or getting financial help for you and your family. It is available, it is up to you to find the right kind of help for you.
Many people like the idea of being their own boss, whether it is owning their own business or being a freelancer. But not everyone is able to do this kind of job. Knowing if freelancing is for you is important to consider.
There are many things to consider:
- Are you able to work on your own?
- Do you need the regular office to help you get work done?
- Does working at home scare you or excite you?
- How well do you deal with distractions?
- Do you know your limits? Can you set limits so your family knows to leave you alone and get work done?
- If you work from home, can you step away when necessary to do other things? Can you step away from home things to take care of work?
I work as a freelancer so I can work around our schedule and what we have going on. I can work when the kids are napping, when they go to bed at night or when they are playing outside. If my husband is home and not working, he can help me with the kids so I can get work done. I decide if I want to work on that expects me to work set hours or if I want to work as long as I meet the deadlines.
I also have to know when to when to let go of clients and when I can take on more clients. I have the flexibility of knowing when I can rearrange my schedule and when I can’t. I have found different ways to help me stay focused and organized on what I need to get done. I also have to know what I am not willing to do or what I am not willing to use. Technology can be helpful, but also knowing when you pay for services and when you don’t pay for services.
Understanding if you are ready or able to do freelancing can make all the difference in making it happen.
Many times we may pick up a new client and realize what we took on is not one you should keep on. Or you aren’t sure if it is the right job for you. I have had this happen several times. Making the right decision can be tough at times. If they are a start-up you understand how hard it can be. But you also need to remember you need to take care of your business as well.
Many times I can tell right away it isn’t right and don’t even start the job. This is the best way to go about it, it saves you time and trouble later on down the road. But sometimes you may not have a lot going on, so it seems like a good idea at the time. I made the mistake recently of not getting what the pay rate was before hand for my work. It was a low rate, but I realized they had plenty of work, so I thought, why not? But the work I had to put in for the compensation was not worth it. After realizing the amount of time I spent and only made $19, I decided it was time to make a change.
I explained where I was coming from in a short and to the point email. I said if I could be used on an as I am available, I would be happy to do that, but understood if he wasn’t o.k. with it. He said it was time to end the contract, which I knew would be the case. I was fine with the contract ending because I knew I was being true to myself and my family. He said he realized some of what I shared was true and he was glad I had said something. I feel better because I was honest and up front with him and with myself.
If I had been careful before hand I wouldn’t have wasted his time along with my time on the job. I realized a month into the job I could make more on the other clients I had and spend less time on the jobs than the one I was released from.
It is important to be true to yourself. You may need to start low to get started, but you don’t need to stay there. Don’t be afraid to ask for a raise if you have been with a client for a while. If they appreciate what you do and what you bring, they will be happy to give you a raise. With my rate on oDesk I have raised my rate every so often, about every quarter if I have gotten a job at my new rate.
I once asked for a raise the client didn’t want to give it to me, so the contracted ended. I had worked with him for 1 year and had already raised my rate on my oDesk account a couple of times. I was o.k. with ending the contract because I knew I could find something to replace it if I was being true to myself.
Knowing when to say yes and when to say no and when to negotiate is important. Knowing these will help your freelancing business take off. You may not see it right away, but it will work out for you.