This is the third lesson in the lessons of the self-employment guide on the Internet, in which we will address the answer to the question “How to start self-employment.”
In the first lesson we dealt with the concept of self-employment, its advantages and challenges, and in the second lesson we dealt with the most important areas of free work, the most in demand and profitable.
Today we will talk systematically about the steps for starting a freelance business, and what are the things you need to do in order to actually enter the freelance field on the Internet.
How do I start freelancing
1- Ask yourself first, “Is self-employment right for me?”
In fact, self-employment is not suitable for everyone, and this is normal because we are different human beings and we deal with pressures and opportunities completely differently, and we all have ambitions in a certain direction in life.
However, to find out if self-employment is right for you personally or not, you should ask yourself these questions.
Do you have the ability to learn continuously? (Self-employment needs someone who is able to learn and is more flexible.)
Do you have the ability to deal with instability? (Self-employment is not for those who prefer a routine and secure, stable salary.)
Why do you want freelance work? (Is it to run away from the job? Or to improve your income? Or because you want to work in the thing that you have a passion for? Fleeing is a weak reason, and improving income is a medium cause, but passion is a strong reason. In any case, you must understand your own reason.
Do you have patience and courage to enter self-employment? (According to the nature of our Arab societies, the job is safe, so self-employment needs courage, and it also needs some patience to achieve success).
2- Prepare with basic requirements
Of course, any business needs some basic requirements according to its nature, and this also applies to freelance work, but fortunately free work is characterized by the fact that it needs the minimum requirements, unlike other types of work.
Here is a list of the most basic requirements you need to start in the field of self-employment
(Here we are talking about basic requirements in general, but for each freelance field there are special requirements)
Unfortunately, being a Freelancer, you cannot rely on your mobile phone in your work, but you need a computer or laptop to carry out the tasks of your business, here your mobile phone also has a role in following up your work and communicating with your customers … etc.
Good internet service
You need a good speed Internet service, and at the level that helps you and does not hinder you from the implementation and delivery of your tasks
Of course, you need time dedicated to your business as a CFR Lancer. In fact, you can take advantage of any extra time you have and invest it in self-employment, but being free to work means another level of opportunities and possibilities.
3- Specify precisely what field you want to work in
As you are interested in the freelance field, you are one of two … As for you already have experience in one of the freelance fields, and you want to start your way directly to enter the labor market to present what you are really good at, and then you can bypass this point. Or you want to work as a Lancer, but you haven’t defined your field or specialty yet.
In the second case, here are the points that will help you determine the freelance field that suits you:
Return to the previous lesson and learn about the most important and popular areas of freelance work today.
Have a brainstorming session trying to list your most important skills, experience, and knowledge in the field of work.
Ask your friends and family about the most important things that are unique to you and that they find you good at it.
Do a research on the most important areas and special requirements for each field, and then find what is most appropriate for your specific circumstances.
Continue reading the lessons of this guide to the end, in order to take a complete picture of the field of self-employment and enter it.
4- Know who your customers are
This point is very important to you as a novice Lancer, and if you can deal with it intelligently, it will save you a lot on the way to your success in self-employment.
If you know who your potential customers are, this will enable you to search and gather information about them, and thus make it easier for you to reach them.
Some people may think that this point is self-evident and this is true, but because it is self-evident, there are many who work in the field of self-employment who do not deal with it consciously and intelligently. Awareness and focus here is to understand the nature of the customer and the importance of the work for him, and his way of thinking, and trying to reach the place where he is.
The conclusion here is that by creating good ideas and information about the nature of your customers, and putting this in mind, this will enable you, first, to reach them, and secondly, it will enable you to deal with them professionally and more efficiently.