It’s possible to seek out and even “create” your own freelance opportunities, whether you’re a copywriter, graphic designer, web developer, photographer, or other creative entrepreneur. The freelance landscape is broader and more varied than ever before, so it’s a great time to start or grow your freelance business.
These days, almost half of working millennials are already freelancers. And with the economic landscape in constant flux, many believe that sticking with a freelance life–and the diversified income streams that come with it–is more stable than a traditional job.
Creating your own freelance opportunities requires time and dedication, but it’s possible to build a career that works for your life and allows you to hone your skills. Today, we’re looking at seven ways you can create your own freelance opportunities.
1. Acquire a Wide Variety of Skills
The phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none” is pretty popular, but it shouldn’t deter you from learning any seemingly-unrelated skills that appeal to you. For me, simply having a wide array of useful skills has opened the door to many freelance opportunities, especially when I was starting out.
This may be true for you, too. In fact, according to this survey from Slash Workers, 61% of freelance professionals actually have two to three skills they rely on to get gigs.
I’ll share a few of my own skills and experiences as examples:
- I’ve been a strong writer since I was a kid, and an editor since high school. I earned a degree in professional writing, which covered a wide range of styles and disciplines.
- I was a graphic design major for a hot minute in college. That little bit of art education, combined with self-taught skills in Photoshop, gave me the chops to do light graphic design for clients occasionally.
That seemingly random range of skills has landed me full-time and freelance opportunities in technical publications, e-learning, marketing, journalism, and editing. While it’s great to niche down as a freelancer, it’s also useful to be able to dive into a number of different gigs, especially when you’re starting out and need the work.
Pay attention to how seemingly unrelated skills can actually tie into one another and lead to opportunities (i.e., proofreading + XML coding in my tech pubs job). Eventually, you’ll hone in on your most valuable skills and the kinds of clients you most enjoy working with, and your scope of work will naturally narrow itself down.
2. Build a Strong Portfolio
The first thing most freelance prospects are going to ask you is whether you have a portfolio they can see. So if you haven’t built one yet, it’s time to get going.
This article was written by Haley Walden and originally published on Elegant Themes Blog.