Full-Time Online Freelancing
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As I’ve mentioned earlier in this section, I do not generally recommend going straight into full-time online freelancing. Yes, I tend to be a somewhat cautious guy, and I certainly don’t want to advise anyone to take a course of action that they’ll regret. It’s better to go slowly and ensure you are up to the challenge of online freelancing before making any big decisions that you might not be able to reverse.
But let’s face it: most people who strive to be freelancers don’t want to do it as a partial measure. The ultimate goal is being able to freelance full-time—to be successful enough that you can earn your living just freelancing, without anything else to support you. It’s true that more reward means more risk, but the converse is also true: usually, you have to take some big risks to reap the big rewards. Being part-time is safer, but you simply cannot reach your full potential as a freelancer if you are only doing it a few hours a week.
There are a number of ways to become a full-time online freelancer. The safest approach is to slowly build up to full-time from part-time freelancing. But there are some daring people who are willing to take their chances and try to freelance full-time right from the start.
Let’s take a look at a few different options and the issues associated with each.
This is perhaps the least dangerous method of becoming a full-time online freelancer. As mentioned in the previous topic, online freelancing naturally complements the traditional sort. It’s easy enough to add online work to an existing freelancing business; if this is successful, you can eventually move your entire production online.
To be honest, though, I can’t think of many cases where this really makes sense. Unless something odd happens that causes all of your existing offline clients to disappear, you’re better off maintaining both an online and conventional freelance presence. The online world can be a fickle place, and it’s better to have options than not to have them.
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