Freelance remote jobs are on the rise. According to research, the demand for remote work has skyrocketed in the modern age, with 45% of respondents in one recent poll claiming they do at least partial remote work. With more people working remotely, you may be curious if you can take on this type of position. Review these tips from Coco to get started.
Choose Your Gig
Lots of professions are suitable for freelancing. Whether you want to be a virtual assistant, writer, graphic designer, artist or one of many popular freelance choices, you have plenty of options to choose from depending on your skillset.
There are quite a few things you need to be aware of if you plan to freelance, including where you’ll find work. There are sites dedicated to freelance and remote work, as well as sections on popular sites like Indeed that let you filter by work-from-home jobs.
Form Your Business
If you plan to be a freelancer, you will benefit from starting your own business. Creating a limited liability company is a popular choice for small businesses. An LLC separates you and your company as legal entities. This limits your liability if something goes wrong, such as if you are sued or have large financial obligations. There are tax benefits, too; namely, pass-through taxation applies to LLCs. Be aware of your state’s laws regarding LLCs, as they vary.
If you are worried about attorney’s fees when starting your business, you can use a formation service, which is vastly less expensive than hiring an attorney if it costs you anything at all.
Rent the Perfect Space
If you can’t fully equip your home with a suitable office, you can rent office space so you can stay productive. Look for a place with sufficient Wi-Fi capabilities and proximity to work-related areas you frequently visit, good neighborhoods and certain activities. Research the crime rate of the area around your office, as you do not want your valuable equipment getting stolen. It is also helpful to know whether your rental site has 24/7 support from your landlord in the event you run into any issues.
Communicate With Your Clients and Get Paid
Communicating effectively with your clients is crucial to having a successful professional relationship. You can communicate through email, texting and calling, and nothing can take the place of face-to-face communication for peak efficiency.
Since you’ll be working with clients from all over the world, you’ll need a reliable way to invoice and get paid for your work. There is no shortage of services you can use for this purpose.
If freelance remote work sounds enjoyable to you, whether as a side hustle or even as a full-time gig, do your research and plan so you can be ready for the specific challenges inherent to this type of job and ensure success.
Written by Kimberly Hayes – Public Health Alert