More than 50 million Americans make money using the gig economy. With planning, a will to work and the right skills set, you could easily join them. Following are some points you should consider if you are thinking of becoming a freelancer in your area of expertise.
Starting now does not mean quitting your day job. It means using your free time to build your network and client base so that you will not have to worry about money when you do quit your job. It will take time, work and careful planning to juggle two jobs but it is far better than trying to build your brand name without steady income.
Research Your Options
Get to know what the market is like for the type of work you hope to do. Ideally, you want to find a line of work that is in high demand instead of attempting to break into a fiercely competitive field. It is also a good idea to find work that does not require a large initial investment of capital.
Once you have decided what type of work you want to do, find out what others in the same field are charging for their services. Look at potential competitor advertisements to get to know what potential clients are looking for. Find out where your potential clients are and look for ways to get to know them.
The gig economy has so many job opportunities that just about anyone can find work they can and are willing to do. Some of the many options include driving for Uber or Lyft, cleaning houses, walking dogs, designing websites, providing freelance photography services and tutoring high school students. Research you options and start promoting your services so people can get to know you and what you have to offer.