These days, almost everybody is a freelancer. People no longer want the nine to five jobs that constrain them against immersing in the activities they enjoy. They donâ€™t want to miss out on their kidsâ€™ birthday parties or the weekend trip to the local ball game. With an internet connection and a few other essentials, more and more individuals are joining the freelancing world, most especially those in the tech world? Are you thinking of branching out on your own as a tech expert? Here are three things you need to know about being a startup tech freelancer.
Before you begin, youâ€™ll need some Equipment
Contractors start their work on a job site only when they have the cranes ready and the men at hand. Before you quit a stable job or give up your studies to start a career as a technical freelancing expert, get your tools ready for the job. Ensure that you have a stable internet connection at home if you intend to work from there, and invest in a reliable laptop or tablet. Once you have those at hand, you’re ready for any freelancing job.
Find yourself a Reliable Team
Freelancing is not as easy as it sounds. As a startup freelancer, youâ€™re even more disadvantaged compared to established companies that offer almost the same services as you. This step is not necessary, but having a remote team or simply a network to work with as you build your reputation comes in handy when you need extra support or when youâ€™re leveraging your services against another firmâ€™s.
Be Flexible with your Location and Time
The number one reason most companies hire freelancers is that they are available for the job 24/7 regardless of the destination. As a freelance engineer, software developer, technical consultant or any other techie, you should always be ready to fly out if your customers demand it. Not sure where to start? Read this guide on what to expect (and pack) as a traveling techie.
With these three tips, you should have a comfortable start in the tech freelancing world.