Time to become a freelancer? 4 boxes to check before taking the plunge

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We are on the fast track towards a freelance-drive economy. The trend is a fact, and it is happening as we speak.

"How do I go freelance? Is that an option for me?"

I get this question quite often.

And it is clear that something is shifting in how we wish to work. It highlights how we are longing to show up in the world today.

We yearn to put our time to better use. To use our skill sets more deeply. To serve the world in more meaningful ways.

A lot of people want to get out of wasting time in unproductive roles that make them feel more dead than alive.

Yet, it can be hard to know what that looks like.

Going freelance is fun, and scary. The concept of time, our ’worth' on the market and our basic sense of income security - all these things change when we move away from employment.

If you have considered the idea of freelance, here are four questions you can start by asking yourself.

Hopefully they serve as a guide in understanding what is required by YOU in order to make it in a freelance world.

Let’s dive in….

#1 - Am I aligned with my skill set?

The first thing to check with yourself is if you have taken your inventory. Taken the time to really, and deeply, understand your strengths.

This site is a result of my strong belief that we are meant to be using our own unique strengths on a regular basis. We are all different, and beautifully so.

So how do I know if I'm aligned with my skill set? 

These three steps:

A) Awareness

Change always starts with awareness.

It might be crystal clear what your skill is. What you would be contributing to the world. But if you are unsure - start by identifying what they are.

(If you don't know where to begin, start here).

B) Honing

Once you have identified your strengths and see how they play out in your life, tis is time to hone them.

What does this mean?

Knowing what our skills are is important, this is the first step. The next one is to sharpen the saw. We tend to grow with our clients. But, know how you hone them, practice your strengths.

Ideally, these are the activities that you perform on a daily basis. These strengths play out in the way you are going to make money as a freelance worker.

C) Packaging

The third step in your skill set is how to package it. You now know your strengths, and work on continuously develop them. Now.. do you know how to talk about them?

Matching your skills with the real world is crucial. How do you talk about what you do. What is your unique selling point?

This leads us in to the second question….

#2 - Have I adapted the mindset of value addition?

Being freelance is very different from being an employee. In my experience, you become much more aware of what you are delivering and to which quality.

How do you add value?

Is it through a fresh perspective, written words per minute or solid financial spreadsheets?

Fully understanding the concept of value creation has been fundamental in my own understanding of my place in this world.

#3 - Do I know at least three companies that I respect, do I understand their biggest problems and do I know how to be a part of solving their problem?

Granted, we are employed to solve certain problems for the company, but there is also a reality in terms of being employed to give our time.

When we go freelance, the meaning of time changes.

I recommend knowing what you want to go for. What gets you excited? What kind of company would you approach?

#4 - Am I ready to choose myself?

No one will fill your calendar for you or keep you accountable for getting up in the mornings and be sitting at your desk by 8.30.

Are you 100% ready to choose yourself?

It can feel brutal at times, yet it is also exhilarating. A lot of my friends attest to feeling more alive.

These questions sum up my experience from going freelance - I hope they are helpful to you.