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Freelance or Side Gig? Here are 3 Tips to Make Being Self-Employed Work

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If you are a budding entrepreneur, freelancing full time, or even just working on building up your side gig, here are 3 tips that will help ensure your success.

Always Use a Contract

Writing up a contract between yourself and your client can help clarify the parameters of your client’s expectations, such as deadlines and the rate that you have negotiated. Having a contract will help ensure that you ge paid and it will make clear exactly what the client wants out of the project, which makes it more difficult for the client to suddenly switch things up on you after you’ve already begun work.  A contract will help you and your client avoid conflict ahead of time and will make sure that you avoid any legal issues that might crop up. 

Create A Schedule For Yourself 

One of the blessings of being a freelancer is that you get to work from home! But this also brings unique challenges. You don’t have any of the strictures of an office to give your day structure. Instead, you have to create that structure for yourself. That is why working out a schedule is so important. It will help you avoid the stress of winging it every day and it will ensure that you meet deadlines 

Don’t Be Shy About Marketing Your Skills

You never know where your next client will come from, and luckily there are many places to find them thanks to the internet. You shouldn’t be shy about marketing your skills across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. If you can find niche sites or Reddit groups dedicated to your particular field of interest then advertise there as well! There may just be someone who is desperately searching for a freelancer with your exact abilities who will see that post or targeted ad and hire you. 

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