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 >  Introduction - Online Freelancing Overview, Options, Opportunities and Challenges

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Is Online Freelancing the Right Choice for Your Skills?

If you read the overview and introduction, you now should have a pretty good under­standing of what online freelancing is about. And presumably you’ve decided that its advantages outweigh its disadvantages, since, well, you’re still here. :) Once you’ve decided that online freelancing is attractive enough to at least justify learning more, the next big question is whether it is something that really makes sense for the type of work you do, and for you personally. Some careers are more appropriate for freelancing than others, and some types of people are better suited to it as well.

In this section I’ll share with you some of what I’ve learned about how to assess the match between online freelancing and various work disciplines and skills. I’ll describe what characteristics make work areas better or worse for freelancing, and list some of the popular and less popular project categories on freelancing marketplaces. I discuss how you can evaluate your skills to get a handle on whether you are likely to achieve success as a freelancer, and talk about the key investments you will need to make to get started.

Following this section is one that complements it by looking much more at the personality and mental challenges associated with freelancing. Together, these sections will help you determine if online freelancing is the sort of lifestyle you’ll be able to not just exploit to make money, but to enjoy while you do it. After all, if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you’ve defeated much of the point of freelancing in the first place.

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