I will not whitewash it, sell you rainbows and unicorns, or tell you that becoming an entrepreneur will make you rich immediately.
I will never tell you that it is easy. It’s hard to start your own business. The biggest component of success is high risk tolerance.
Before finally finding a workable formula, I repeatedly tried to find a foothold, pay the bills, and prepare everything.
The business itself is easy to create.
The cultivation of an enterprise requires time and energy. No matter how great your idea is, it will not bloom on its own. You must cultivate it.
This is where the problem lies. Nurturing takes time. A lot of time, attention, care and energy.
My goal is to help you use digital power to make money with as little effort as possible. Create products, share value with others, and earn income. But this is not always a linear process, is it?
So, how do you make the transition from a corporate employee to an automated/digital entrepreneur relatively smoothly without falling into poverty?
You have to start with the middle road: freelance
The most important thing is-you need time to build your business. Most company work schedules don’t really take into account the type of time you need to build content, products, relationships, and skills.
The term “freelancer” may sound scary-but the concept is very simple.
All you have to do is find the skills you already have, and then find people who are willing to pay for those skills. Before you know it, you are already in business.
This is how it works.
Step 1: Inventory your skills
What are you doing now, someone has paid you?
Can the same service you provide for a large company be provided to individual customers?
The reality is that if you currently have (or have once Yes) For a job, you have proven that you can provide services that people are willing to pay.
- If you are an administrative assistant, your organizational skills are likely to be useful to clients.
- If you are a web developer, you can definitely help people build projects.
- If you are an accountant, you can help clients pay taxes or help small businesses handle accounts.
These are just some ideas to make your brain work.
If you still can’t come up with ideas, I’m running Free lessons on Thursdays come to help.
Step 2: Determine what people are paying for your services
It’s easy to be attracted by pricing. In the beginning, no one knew what they should charge!
Remember: the true value of your service no How much money a company pays you directly (your salary/hour rate)-this is what they charge others for providing these services to you.
The cost of the end user is yours real value.
Consider this scenario:
You are a paralegal and you get paid $30 an hour to do pre-litigation work and resolve cases.
How much do you think the customer paid the company for your work?
I guess this company might charge customers At least For $150/hour, you can handle this work on their behalf.
So now you know that your time is worth at least $150/hour.
This means that the company will charge you $120 as a “finder fee”!
Hmm… It looks steep, don’t you think?
Can’t you make money on your own with those exactly the same skills?
One way that comes to mind is to file for divorce.
The divorce process is expensive (the filing of documents can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars), but in reality, most paralegals know how to do this work.
Maybe you can set up an “express” business to provide this very specific service at a more favorable price.
Obviously, it has a never-ending market! !
(Oh my God, are people willing to pay!)
Step 3: Find customers (hint: they are everywhere)
In the beginning, the two easiest ways to find clients were partnerships and freelance job boards.
How to find a partner
Building partnerships with people who need your services and have already worked with your ideal customers is actually the fastest way to get a large number of customers.
The key is to provide great value to other companies in exchange for their partnership.
Provide services that really make other companies look great to their customers, and they will reward you with a lot of recommendations.
All this is for a win-win situation.
- If you are a personal trainer, you can cooperate with a local apartment complex that has a gym to organize courses for residents.
- If you are a web developer, you can work with graphic designers to help their clients build websites.
- If you are an algebra tutor, you can work with local schools and extracurricular projects to help their students.
The possibilities are endless-but you have to be willing to think outside the box and see how to make these connections work.
How to use the freelance job board
There are many websites dedicated to helping freelancers find jobs and get paid.
The most popular is work overtime. This is a quick guide Uplink.
A website like this is an excellent starting point. You shouldn’t think of them as a “permanent” solution for finding customers and growing your business-but they do provide some powerful advantages for starting freelancers:
- They can help you adapt to sales services, adjust quotes, and understand what your customers are looking for.
- They help you perfect your tone.
- They build confidence by helping you overcome the fear of rejection and the initial sense of success, even if you only book a few small jobs.
Go out, let’s start!
These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg for starting freelancers!
Anyone can do it. What is holding you back?