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Is freelancing a good fit for you?
Well, that depends.
We’re all different people. We all have different skills, talents, interests and levels of education. We have a wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs, hopes and dreams. Our life experiences are completely unique.
Over a billion people worldwide freelance, though, with more and more joining the freelance workforce all the time. So there’s a lot of people out there who really enjoy freelancing and have built successful freelance careers for themselves.
Freelancing is a great fit for a lot of people. But freelancing is not for everyone.
Freelancers are people of all ages, races, religions and locations.
A lot of people begin freelancing because they want the freedom of working for themselves.
Other people begin a freelance side hustle to supplement their income. Sometimes they’ll turn that side hustle into a full-time income.
Still other people begin freelancing not because they want to but because they have to. They’ve lost their job or it looks like they may lose their job, so they start to work as a freelancer.[click_to_tweet tweet=”Some people #freelance because they want to work for themselves. Others freelance to earn extra money on the side. Still other people start freelancing because they’ve lost their job. ” quote=”Some people #freelance because they want to work for themselves. Others freelance to earn extra money on the side. Still other people start freelancing because they’ve lost their job. ” theme=”style6″]
If you’re in the latter group, it may not really matter to you right now whether freelancing is the right fit for you or not. You need to find a new source of income and that’s what’s important.
Fortunately, freelancing is a great way to earn money if you lose your job. You may never even need to go back into the traditional workforce if you don’t want to.
You may be able to start earning freelance money doing the same type of work you’re doing now, or that you did previously, in your “regular” job. If you can’t or don’t want to do the same type of work, you can switch careers and learn how to do a different type of freelance work.
No matter what your motivation is for starting to freelance, though, you’re going to want freelancing to be a good fit for you personally.[click_to_tweet tweet=”No matter what your motivation is for starting to freelance, you’re going to want #freelancing to be a good fit for you personally.” quote=”No matter what your motivation is for starting to freelance, you’re going to want #freelancing to be a good fit for you personally.” theme=”style6″]
It can be pretty impossible to tell whether something is a good fit for you personally until you try it. However, because you’re reading this post, you’re going to have an easier time than most people. I’m going to help you see right now whether freelancing is the right fit for you.
This list of 22 yes or no questions will tell you whether freelancing is a good fit for you or not. Read through these questions, give yourself the answers, and discover whether you should start freelancing.
Is Freelancing a Good Fit for You?
Ask yourself these 22 questions.
1. Do I really want to work for myself?
2. Do I know what type of work I would do as a freelancer?
3. Would I enjoy that type of freelance work?
4. Do I have the necessary skills to freelance in that type of work?
5. Am I open to learning new freelance skills if necessary?
6. Do I have a space in my home I can turn into a good home office?
7. Will I be able to focus while working at home?
8. Can I handle the isolation of working by myself?
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9. Will my partner/spouse/family/friends understand and respect the fact that I’m working for myself?
10. Am I a self starter?
11. Do I believe in myself?
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12. Am I a risk taker?
13. Do I network well online?
14. Do I network well in person?
15. Do I like change?
16. Can I make myself keep on going even if it’s a difficult learning curve at first?
17. Can I sustain myself financially for a while until the freelancing money starts coming in?
18. Can I reduce my expenses until the freelancing money starts coming in?
19. Am I open to possibly moving to a less expensive location in case I need to stretch my income further?
20. Can I adjust to not having a steady income?
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21. Do I mind doing my own invoicing and payment collection?
22. Can I handle sometimes having trouble getting payment?
So is freelancing a good fit for you? If you answered “yes” to 15 or more of these questions, then, yes, freelancing is a good fit for you!
Now you’re ready to learn how to start freelancing. Enroll in my free 7-lesson email mini-course Get on the Right Path to Freelancing to learn how to create the freelance career that will work best for you right here.
Sabina Lohr is a lifelong freelancer turned entrepreneur who created World of Freelancers to help others discover how to work for themselves online and live the freelance lifestyle. She’s always really enjoyed the freedom that freelancing brings, including several years on and off of working online while traveling and living abroad.